Shipping Day on the Ranch

Cowboy is a breed tougher than nails and strong as steed.

We recently shipped our yearling cattle to the auction. We raise black Angus cattle. We run them on leased land in different parts of the state. Some carry our brand, the 7U, and others carry our son Clancy’s brand, the TX. Still others are our son Ty’s and some are my brother-in-law’s cattle, but they all are Goswick cattle. Willy enjoyed being a Cow dog and watching over the herd.

For days the cowboys gathered their cattle, branded the pee wee calves, doctored any that needed doctored and hauled the yearling calves to the ranch headquarters to be weaned off their mamma’s milk. This process is called ” Fall Works” in ranching terms. We kept the weaned yearling calves in the shipping pens at Fain Ranch until the day the truck would arrive to haul them to the sale. These yearlings were very curious to meet Willy.

Willy was thrilled to know that the very next day a big semi truck would be backed up to this cattle ramp and the excitement would begin.

He took it upon himself to sit on point, making sure the cattle stayed where they belonged until the truck arrived.

After a good nights sleep, we were up bright and early on a crisp fall morning. The truck had arrived and the cowboys were horseback. Let the loading begin!

For those of you who don’t know, here is a run down of a typical shipping day. When the time comes to be loaded they are weighed and sorted off in groups according to size and weight. (Each section of the livestock trailer, or cattlepot, holds a certain amount of cattle and the weight of the cattle has to be carefully arranged so that the trailer’s axle weights are balanced.) They are then herded into the lane and up the loading ramp into the trailer.  There are two floors and several pens/compartments within the trailer.

Willy enjoyed every minute. He watched every move the cowboys made and stood by the gate to make sure they didn’t try to escape.

Willy especially enjoyed his vantage point above the lane where he could “oversee” the cattle without being in harms way. It was a great day! It all went smoothly and the cattle were on there way to auction in no time at all.

Until next time, Long live cowboys!

“There’s a hundred years of history and a hundred before that; all gathered in the thinkin’ goin’ on beneath that hat.” – Baxter Black

 

 

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Randomly Willy

Sometimes you just have to be random

Willy and I decided that we needed to just go walking and let the path take us wherever it led, taking random photos of places we thought were interesting along the way. This is what we found. A historic Ford pickup was an AWESOME photo. I even played with some filters.

We found an intriguing tree that Willy especially enjoyed posing in. It was like a picture frame and Willy was the portrait within!

Now, Willy is a happy dog 99% of the time and his tongue hanging out is just an expression of his happiness oozing out. I swear, he has the longest tongue ever!

Willy is at his happiest whenever he is with me. He and I are a team. We love to go out and explore together. It feels amazing to be out in the fresh air, out in the country, enjoying God’s magnificent creation.

Until next time, dare to explore new places, beyond the boundaries of your everyday routine.

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Another Local Dog Friendly Discovery!

Willy and I recommend the newly opened Rafter Eleven Coffee & Wine bar.

They have a beautiful Dog-friendly patio where you can sit and enjoy a cup of specialty coffee with a scone or a glass of wine. They are located in Prescott Valley, Arizona in the Entertainment District, right next to Buffalo Wild Wings.

They  have a good selection of coffees, lattes, wines and scones on their menu and the atmosphere is quaint and inviting.

I had a Chai Latte and a Chocolate chip scone. Oh my goodness!! Delicious!

Willy enjoyed the one on one time with me, it has been hectic around the ranch as of late. This was a welcome reprieve. Willy thought so too.

He even got to get his photo taken with the owner of the establishment, Dawn Wasowicz. She loves Willy and enjoyed his visit! Now, to be completely honest, we know Dawn quite well. Her and her husband, Jeff, have a Jack Russell from our very first litter. Also, my husband manages the Fain Ranch, whose brand is the Rafter Eleven. That is not merely a coincidence, Dawn’s maiden name was Fain, and it is her family’s ranch. Although I know the owner, this review is completely honest and without bias.

I have not been inside the store yet, since city ordinances only allow dogs on the patio. However, they also carry a wide selection of  wines, specialty olive oils, Balsamic vinegar and spices. I plan on a trip to do some serious shopping for oils, spices and quite possible a bottle or two of wine before all my holiday company arrives.

The Fall weather is beautiful here, a perfect time of year to visit and see for yourself just how quaint Rafter Eleven Coffee & Wine bar is. The patio is open and the wine is rolling in!

 

 

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Call Me Big Red

Have you ever watched a movie and wanted to be one of the characters?

I remember as a child watching movies and then pretending that I was whichever character or animal inspired me from that particular flick. Willy watched the Disney movie, Secretariat, and got inspired. He thinks he looks like him, what do you think?

Well, because Willy knows just how to sweet talk me into things, I ordered him this fun little costume so that he could act out his imagination. He was so proud of it.

He was even excited that the jockey wore checkered silks. No, they are not quite the same color of blue as Ron Turcotte wore, but Willy was still thrilled.

Willy was the famous Secretariat for the day. He preferred to be called Big Red.

I even recorded a couple of videos so that Willy could show you how great he looked racing across the yard, carrying his trusty jockey safely on his back.

OFF TO THE RACES!

“Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting? It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’ It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.” Job 39: 19-25

AND HE’S OFF!

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