Kelee and I headed out, the other day, for a walk to his old homestead on the Llano (see previous post A Three Legged Man of the West), something we can’t do all the time anymore since Finn walks with us now. It’s a little too far for Finn due to his old injuries, and there are aggressive dogs along some of the route. I know how to navigate it with Kelee but I’m not sure what Finn will do. When other dogs come at Kelee he wags his tail and is a diplomat. Fights are rarely an issue as a result. But Finn does fight if attacked and I’m not ready to deal with that yet. However, he also cries and screams if Kelee and I go out without him, as we did on this day—misery I can hear for a long way onto the land grant. I just can’t handle doing that to him too much anymore, so I’m going to have to face these uncharted waters sometime soon.
But on this lovely morning when Kelee and I did go out to visit his herd, we picked up a walking companion along the way, as we have before on these walks (see previous post A Walk With Friends). I’m embarrassed to say I was so captivated by him trotting and galloping, at times, with us that I completely forgot my still camera is also a video camera—duh. So I didn’t even THINK about videoing any of this until well after his introduction to Kelee’s herd. I’m so sorry! You missed some very dramatic action as a result, I’m afraid. But I did get some stills and a little video after all was settled down.
I was feeling so bad about this that I believe Spirit decided to give me a little gift to make up for it. A few days later I was upstairs and saw, from the kitchen window, three horses in my yard. I grabbed the camera, left the dogs in the house, and went out to meet my surprise guests.
I’m afraid I missed a lot of action with these guys too. They’d be all peaceful and just hanging eating grass, so I’d go back inside to work and to calm Kelee (he may be a diplomat with other dogs but livestock drives him nuts—he HAS to herd it). And suddenly something would set them to galloping but I couldn’t get out there fast enough to capture much. Sorry again. But there is a little action on this video I thought you’d enjoy. And even their peaceful nibbling of grass is lovely I think. It’s part of the beauty of living here in Truchas, New Mexico—you never know what’s going to show up in the yard next. Welcome to my world.
Love to you all,