I don’t like to use the blog to promote things. The good people here at the office attempt to remind me that I have to make a living, but they have pretty much given up trying to convince me to use the blog as a marketing device. But on occasion they make arguments that even I can’t refute. In this case it’s “Don’t you want other professionals to have a chance to save a bunch of money? Don’t you think they’d at least want to know?”
So, okay, in hopes this is helpful to the professionals out there who use some of my books and booklets: There’s a good deal on now, 10 free booklets if you buy 10 Puppy Primers (which are already already 50% if you buy 10 at a time.) Your tax accountant will love it … if you have the money, and need more books for next year, spend it now. I’m taking the same advice. I have to buy a new computer, and as soon as I post this I’ll be driving to the Apple store.
Whew, I can check that off now. Someday I will get over being 1) a woman (my daddy the old-fashioned banker felt women and money should never mix. seriously.) 2) a child of the 60′s (poor is good! live off the land! eat berries and tubers!) and 3) an academic (money may not be made outside of academia –unless, of course, you are in business or medicine, in which case the sky is the limit.)
MEANWHILE, back on the farm: Willie loves the snow, which allows him to play frisbee because the snow dampens the impact when he lands. He and I have been going up the hill almost every day, me on snow shoes, he on those handy all-weather paws that dogs have. On Wednesday we’re going on a walk with a friend and her Bully mix. It’ll be interesting to see how they do together. They did well when younger, but the other guy is much older now. I hope they get along well, it’s great when Willie adds dogs to his circle of buddies. He met a herding cross last week, lovely young female with great dog skills, and he hated her. Go figure.
The lambs are thriving. Truffles seems to be giving a lot of milk, so I am starting to cut back on the milk I’m giving them. They are not pleased about this situation, but we’ll weigh them to ensure that they are gaining weight and decide what to do from there. Both of the twins are incredibly rude: they leap onto you when you enter the pen FEED ME FEED ME FEED ME. Not a problem now, but it will be when they weigh in at 100 pounds. I think some clicker training is in order here. (I did train an aggressive ram to ‘touch’ my raised hand to keep him from putting his head down and ramming into me. As long as their head is up you’re safe.) Should be fun actually to clicker train the lambs.
We’re still covered in snow here, although it’s supposed to rain Thursday. And then, of course, freeze. Yuck. The worst possible combo. Cross your paws for us. And thank you, sincerely, for all your holidays messages, I felt warmed and happy when I read each one of them. Here’s a bit of warmth back to all of you, some more photos from beautiful New Zealand.