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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Old man with purpose

To keep Old Man Guinnias feeling like he is contributing to the farm, I have named him  Nightly Sheep Checkman.

So far, he's taken this role very seriously. Okay, it's only been 3 days, but it's important for old men to feel like they are doing something really important.

"Guinnias, what's the count tonight?" I asked.

"Sixteen," the old goat said with authority.

A small yearling ewe ran passed him.

"I stand corrected. Make that seventeen," Old Guinnias said.

"Any trouble you need to note tonight, Guin?" I asked.

"Slight limp on Daisy, appears to be muscle related."

"I'll check that out, good work, Guin. Thank you."

"Welcome," he said. And he hobbled back to his stall, knowing his nightly cookie was coming soon.


indie grrrl said...

love these Katherine! This is my all time favorite place to visit online. YOU and your well loved animal family really make me smile! Thank You!

Cathy said...

What she said! He's such a dignified old man.

Amber said...

Oh just look at Old Man Guinnias leading his flock! We have 2 senior goats,Babe and Tessa...they look just like him - senior goats just have a different look. He's adorable, would bring him to my farm in a heart beat : ) But he seems very happy where he's at!

Judy Shreve said...

I have recently found your blog -- really enjoy it! Love the animals and your art work. :))

annamaria potamiti said...

Very respectable old boy, he is!

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