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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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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Barn Fun

Even chore time can be fun with Willy.

 

Here at the ranch, there are a lot of horses that need fed twice a day, every day. Sometimes there are even a few head of cattle in the pens that need fed. Willy has a way of making an ordinary event into an adventure.

To us, a barn full of hay is a blessing. To a dog, at least to Willy, it is something to be conquered! Willy loved climbing the bales, as if he were climbing Mount Everest!

What good is it to conquer a mountain if you don’t have anyone to tell your story to? Willy told our grandson, Clay, all about his great accomplishment.

An of course, what better way to end a perfect adventure than to cool oneself off in the closest water hole you can find! My Willy, never a dull moment!

Until next time, may your barns be full and your hearts overflowing!

 

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Photo Shoot at the Corrals

Living on a ranch provides the best backdrops for a photo shoot.

 

Willy and I found some old wooden corrals one day while helping put out salt blocks for the cattle. I could not resist this amazing photo opportunity. The spring flowers were in full bloom making for gorgeous photos.

 

What a fun place to take photos. These corrals may be old, falling apart and rotting in some places, but they hold so much character; remnants of days gone by.

 

On the same day, we found this tree. It had low, sprawling branches and Willy had fun climbing it and balancing on the branch.  It doesn’t take much to entertain Willy.

 

It is the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure. A sunny spring day, a quiet walk,  and time spent with those you love. In this case, it was all three. Until next time, stop and enjoy the simple things.

 

 

 

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Take me Fishin’

Willy went fishing for the very first time at the pond on the ranch.

Willy got to hang out with the family at the fishin’ pond on the ranch the other day. He was curious about the fishing pole and what Ty was doing with it.

Because fishing can sometimes be a waiting game, he decided to fill the time giving Ty kisses, lots of kisses.

The waiting paid off in the end and Willy got to see his very first fish!

Then the fish was gently released back into the pond and it was time for Willy to go home, the dinner bell was ringing!

 

 

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Just Another Day on the Ranch

Willy Loved to go check the waters and put out salt with us.

Living on a ranch definitely has its advantages. It is a great life for dogs. Willy, always ready for adventure, was overjoyed to get in the ranch truck and help us out. On this particular day we were checking to make sure the water supplies were full and the cattle had salt blocks to lick.

Willy started out clean, but he didn’t end up that way. Boys will be boys, they say. I guess it rings true for dogs as well.

We let Willy and his pal Rusty go swimming. They had a blast swimming, chasing sticks, chasing butterflies, and running in the mud!

 

Life is too short, sometimes you just have to get good and dirty.  Why not? It washes off. Until next time, Happy Trails!

 

 

 

 

 

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