Friday, July 08, 2016

Happy Weekend!!

Hi faithful blog followers! First, here are some cats to satisfy my feline-loving friends.

Guess who apparently met up with a skunk last night?

Peeyuw! No way am I giving Keaton a bath! Good thing he's a barn cat. 

And here are the two terrible tabbies...

...stealing a dog bed again. And completely unrepentant! Pip and Alex have taken to snuggling together. I wonder if it's because brown tabbies are drawn to brown tabbies? :)

And I took some goat pics the other day...

Little Pierre is super sweet!

Do you like my new hat?

Monty is doing GREAT!

Ophelia quite likes him!

This dog is SCARY smart. I have been clicker-training and oh my Dog, he learns stuff SO fast. I am really impressed with him. He has a lovely personality on top of it all, and is already showing great instincts with his herd.

And he's getting better with the cats. too. Buttercup actually dared to come up to the fence while I was sitting on the other side from Monty.

Monty is much calmer now around the felines, although he has to interact with them a bit more before they all declare themselves friends.

He is a REALLY good boy. Almost five months old, and already huge.

Back to goats... 

Bambi and Emmeline (Pierre's sister)

Oh wait, here's muddy Monty again!

Oh yeah...

...I pity the poor coyote who takes on this killer!

He's too cute, and he knows it.

And I got this sticker FOUR YEARS ago but never got it on my vehicle. I think it was waiting for my new pick-up truck. I finally put the sticker on today...

I never put bumper stickers or anything on my vehicles, but this one spoke to me.

 Yesterday reporter Dave Brown and his crew from Accessible Media Inc. came to the farm to film a segment for AMI This Week, which broadcasts nationally.  So exciting!

 What a fun day. Dave used to be the traffic reporter for the CBC Ottawa morning show and I listened to him for years, and now he has this TV gig. He has a great sense of humour, and did really well for a city boy on the farm. The crew was here filming for about 2-1/2 hours, and I found the whole process so interesting. Producer Lisa Nault was great, really kind and easy to talk to, as was the camera man Lionel Goddard. I gave the three of them each a dozen eggs and some cookies to take home when they left. I'd love to see them back here some day.

When the show is up, I will post a link for your viewing pleasure. Fingers crossed I didn't say anything cringe-worthy.

You know I've always loved animals, and Gordon and I are both committed to rescuing animals. It all just seems pretty normal and average to me. But all of sudden, people are taking notice of what's going on here, and it's very touching and a little surprising. Dave Brown asked me some great questions yesterday, which got me thinking about a lot of things. People often ask why we do this, and how it started. Sometimes I find it hard to put into words how much animals mean to me, and how much I want to help them. I experienced quite a lot of trauma in the first half of my life, most of which I have never discussed with anyone outside of a handful of people very close to me. Since I was very small, I've always turned to animals for comfort. At some of the worst times in my life, they have been there for me. They make me smile, they make me laugh, and they don't complain when I cry in their fur (or wipe my snotty nose in their manes!) So whatever I can do to help animals in need, I'll do. 

But most of all, being with them makes me (and Gordon!) happy, and it's amazing when others visit and interact with the animals, and can share in that happiness. So I have lots to think about... I still want to write a memoir, but I'm still focussing on writing poetry at the moment, plus I haven't done any art in way too long, and my piano needs tuning. Gotta get a move on; I ain't gettin' any younger!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Dave Brown and his admirer Annabelle. Photo by Lisa Nault. :)



  2. Just adored every word in this post. You (and Gordon!) are my kind of people, Natalie.

  3. Well, that's a feather in your cap to have a TV documentary about your place. It's always good to stop once in awhile and think things over.

  4. Very glad to read that you and Gordon are getting the recognition that you deserve, but most glad that you and the animals have found each other and that that love and care make you happy. Can't beat that!
    Thank you for sharing that joy with others through your blogging, the upcoming show and I'm sure in many other ways.

  5. Very glad to read that you and Gordon are getting the recognition that you deserve, but most glad that you and the animals have found each other and that that love and care make you happy. Can't beat that!
    Thank you for sharing that joy with others through your blogging, the upcoming show and I'm sure in many other ways.

  6. you should open a farm bed & breakfast! I'll be your first guest. :)

  7. I have read your blog for the last four years or so Natalie and have marvelled at your kindness and generosity. I was at a store yesterday that was having an adoption day for cats. I thought of you right away and can understand how you feel about rescuing animals. If I had the space and resources I would have adopted all of the cats. The work Gordon and you do is a labour of love and I so admire you both. Looking forward to viewing the video!

  8. I ALWAYS feel the love when I visit your blog. You make the world a better place... and not just for the animals.

    And, "Peeyuw! No way am I giving Keaton a bath!"??? Are you kidding?!? Peeyuw. No way would I be squeezing that adorable (and stinky) little chin!!!

  9. What a great post, Natalie. I feel that things have happened so quickly with your farm and for you and Gordon. I can't imagine what the next five years will bring but I know it will be wonderful. I can feel the love. :) We look forward to visiting the sanctuary again and this time I'll bring cheerios. lol And about tabbies...maybe for some but we did have to take Sierra years back because she just couldn't see eye to eye with Hugo. Have a great day and hoping for more rain. xo

  10. Thanks for the cat fix- much needed here.
    I always leave any of your posts with a smile on my face!

  11. Your photos just make me smile (and I love your new hat)!! Dogs, cats, goats and more! Your heart is wonderful and thank you for sharing your love and respect for these animals.

  12. Animals are so important in our lives and I'm so appreciative that I have our four that make us smile, mostly! Your menagerie is so comforting to see and I love the new hat--you're ready for Ascot!

  13. A memoir! Yes! The late father of a friend of mine told her to "put your trust in animals." You are the embodiment of that quote. So glad good things are coming your way!

  14. It's amazing everything you and Gordon do for the animals. It's pretty clear in the trust and love they give back they appreciate the life you've provided. versus skunk? Poor Keaton, hope he's less smelly soon.

  15. This was just know I adore you! I am in love with Monty, only 5 mos old? He will grow out of that kitty craziness soon (you see he already is!) The goat photographed in the background (on your head lol) was hilarious! Can't wait to hear/see/read more about the show!!! (((hugs))) and love! DakotasDen

  16. Thank you for the cat fix. I feel bad about the one getting sprayed though, poor kitty. Monty is growing fast.

  17. your blog, today , brought tears, because I, too, have a heart for animals and what you said about cat was always there for me...or my dog...

    1. Hugs to you, and thank you!! ANimals are great healers, I think. xoxo

  18. great photos the special goat hat hehe !
    Gail x

  19. Monty is amazing!
    And give Keaton some loving from me. I'm really missing Tux and Keaton looks like the perfect Tuxie boy.

  20. I love your new hat, Knatolee! And you killer doggie!

  21. I love your new hat, Knatolee! And you killer doggie!


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