Happy Thanksgiving

Willy is thankful every day of the year!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you all did as well. The weather was unseasonable warm so Willy got lots of exercise after eating some turkey.

Thanksgiving is traditionally the day to give thanks for your blessings, but Willy and I think that we should be thankful for our blessings every day of the year!

We enjoyed a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional favorites and then it happened! Willy and Sadie’s puppies were born in the wee morning hours on Friday, November 24th.¬† They had 2 sons and 2 daughters. Everyone is doing fine and for that Willy and I are most thankful.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, let the Christmas season begin!! What a joyous time of the year.

** If you want to follow Willy’s puppies be sure to like Goswick Shorty Jacks on Facebook and visit goswickshortyjacks.com for information on which puppies are available. **

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Duck Hunter Willy

Fall means hunting season!

We are a ranching family, and a hunting family. We stand for the 2nd Amendment and our right to bear arms. We believe in our God given right to hunt for our food.

Willy wanted to go hunting, but we didn’t hunt this year. We were not in need of meat with a freezer full of beef. (Although, I do wish the guys would have gotten some quail this year!) I didn’t want to let my buddy down, so I let him pretend he went duck hunting.

We actually don’t duck hunt. We are big game hunters and prefer to hunt deer or elk; the type of game that fills a freezer for the winter. But, that was a challenge for the photo shoot so, in honor of the Robertson family from Duck Dynasty, Willy became a duck hunter.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I think of those Pilgrims who settled this great land and the Natives who lived here before that. They respected the wildlife and took only what they needed to eat. That tradition has carried down in families like ours through generation upon generation. We respect the wildlife and as ranchers we take great care to manage the land so that our cattle as well as the wildlife who inhabit it have plenty of feed and water.

Until next time, be sure to thank a farmer or rancher. You have no idea how important we are to this great country.

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Aspen Creek Trail

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Mary Davis

To be in nature is therapy for my weary soul. To hear the breeze blowing through the pines is peaceful and soothing. Willy and I needed this hike – we needed this time in God’s creation to rejuvenate.

We did meet one couple along the trail – Willy never meets a stranger, he loves everyone. But, the rest of the hike was just us and nature. We never did figure out why it is called Aspen Creek – there aren’t any Aspen trees.

We were not alone in the forest, we were surrounded by animal life, we even saw some deer! They were too fast to get a photo, unfortunately. Willy could not understand why I wouldn’t let him chase them.

Willy had a blast exploring along the trail. He tried to get the squirrels to come out of the trees to play, but they opted to stay up at a safe distance.

The golds and reds of the oak leaves were a glorious splash of color against the pines. Willy loved rolling in the leaves and running through them to hear the crunch beneath his paws.

Sometimes we just have to be reminded to slow down. Willy helps me remember that. Without him, I would just keep hiking – pushing myself. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you don’t stop and take breaks, you miss the beauty.

Until next time, be sure to slow it down every once in awhile. Don’t miss the beauty.

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Willy in Black & White

Photo Shoot at the Ranch – Willy in Black & White.

Willy and I decided to show you the ranch headquarters through various filters of black and white photos. Somehow even the most common places became extraordinary.

In front of our cattle pens there are several antique plows. Their rustic, vintage appeal was truly showcased with this nostalgic filter.

Even hanging out on the hay trailer or in the hay barn makes great photos when you use a vintage filter.

This old piece of wooden gate, now just a memory of days gone by made a great backdrop for this photo. I guess you can tell it was a hot day when we did this photo shoot.

I saved Willy’s favorites for last. Willy LOVES watching the cattle. They fascinate him. I love the way this filter brings out the red in Willy’s coat contrasted against the yellow- gray of the grass.¬†Willy is sporting his Fearless Pet Dual-Max collar, a safe, comfortable alternative to other anti-pull training collars.

Willy loves to stand up on the hill above ranch headquarters and look down at the corrals and barn. This my friends, is where Willy lives. Our house is just beyond the barn under the Cottonwood trees.

Willy enjoyed showing you around his stomping grounds and I enjoyed showing you in black and white. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

 

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