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If I Could Settle Down
After bravely getting on the school bus Friday for the long drive out to Colossal Cave for her "Cowboy For a Day" winter break event and, more bravely still, riding a horse all by herself for the first time, Skylar was rewarded yesterday with an hourlong ride at Pusch Ridge Stables. Although nervous at first, she maintained her composure and went on to have a great time. Given the expense, I opted not to ride myself. But I did enjoy the atmosphere, not to mention the fact that the owners have one of those calendars full of President Bush's gaffes that counts down the days until his departure. I also got to pet a nice black cat who reminded me of the wily Coal from our neighborhood and watch him get playfully chased by a dog named Billy, who bore a strong resemblance to tensleep's Caeli, who may have been the cutest puppy I ever saw. As I was documenting the riders' departure, I felt something brush against my legs and looked down to see Billy looking up at me:

Although cats are my pets of preference, there's something about a friendly canine greeting that can pierce the thickest gloom. I had the strangest sense, as I gave Billy a rub, that he had come over to me with that purpose in mind. Overall, the whole ranch experience was so restorative, even though I didn't go on the ride, that I found myself having odd fantasies of moving to the middle of nowhere and occupying myself with farmhand tasks. Of course, since I can barely hammer and screw, my fitness for that life is questionable. Still, it's nice to dream.

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Muse: Range Life - Pavement - Live At The Palace, April 24, 1994

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hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: January 8th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Dogs, sheepdogs in particular, have a sense of the people around them--sheepdogs understand that people need tending to. I love this about them!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 8th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It was nice to experience some emotional herding for once. I'm a bit of sheepdog myself. But it's rare that this sheepdog finds a sheepdog for his inner sheep.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: January 8th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I am refraining from making some sort of joke using the word "sheepish."

My sheepdogs say "hi" and *sniff, sniff* and *lick* !
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 8th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And I appreciate their pre-Saussurean expression. I should be more sheepish about copping to my herding instinct.
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: January 8th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i always love learning that places of business, etc. are left-leaning.

even though it seems rather outlandish of a want for me, i think it'd be neat to live on a ranch. ha. so i'm with you on the wishes of a somewhat farmish life, if only fleetingly.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 9th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Me too. I know we'll head back there more readily because of that calendar, though their manner would have made us repeat customers anyway.

I grew up Back East, but still got some of that romanticization of life on the range from somewhere. Of course, when I was Skylar's age the post-Wild West "urban cowboy" thing was starting to blossom. It was one direction that the utopian energies of the 1960s headed after their forward progress was blocked by the Man.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: January 9th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
nice to meet a dog that's clued in and not just an attention sponge!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 9th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I guess I like herding dogs!
tensleep From: tensleep Date: January 15th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You stole my dog. The only way I can tell a difference is there's no little pink section at the bottom of one nostril. Details a mother would know. Beautiful dog I must say.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 16th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If I were going to steal a dog, it would look like that. Caeli was the cutest puppy I've ever seen!
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