Non-human family members bring many of us comfort and pleasure. I have wonderful memories of taking care of my Blue Sky farm family.
Each animal had its own distinct personality. Maggie, the black and white pony, nickering with anticipation and pleasure for her breakfast as I turned the handle each morning to enter the barn. Woody, the red mule, softly nibbling my back with his lips paying me back for his grooming. Red, the Dutch Belt ox, staring at me in disbelief that I would not be offering him the finer horse hay instead of the coarse, less sweet cattle hay. Sox, Red's pair, big, lumbering and always seemingly so content with everything in his life. Laney, the English Shepherd, finding purpose in keeping watch over the barn as I did my morning chores. Snookie, the collie mutt pup, trying to be good but always finding a little fun puppy mischief to get up to.
Taking care of my farm family, seeing them well groomed, well loved and well cared for, grazing and soaking in the morning sun on a cold fall Blue Sky morning is one of the happiest memories of my life. Cheers to the memory of my Blue Sky farm family who brought me so much joy and to other farm families that I know are doing the same thing. Living with animals can bring such peace.