Thank you for visiting the Life at Ravenheart Blog. Ravenheart Farms is located near Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada (about 4 hours from Saskatoon, 3 hours from Regina, and less than an our from the growing city of Yorkton, SK).

Friday, April 6, 2007

Life on the farm

As per the poem below, the past few weeks at Ravenheart have held a variety of adventures. Today I am playing midwife to Momma Cat...the only friendly cat amongst a herd of wild creatures, I knew she was pregnant, with no idea when she might be due. While checking on the cats and giving them a few treats on my final rounds last night, I opened the lid of the heated cat house and noticed a new kitten and one on it's way. I left Momma cat alone, expecting to find a little of feeding kittens in the morning. When I lifted the lid first thing this morning, there were 2 little dead black and white kittens. Not sure what happened, but many of the other cats also sleep in the cat house, so who knows.

As I was walking the dogs (Polly and Charlie) back to the house, Momma Cat was following us, and being very friendly, rubbing against my leg and on the dogs. When I came to the back door she came along which she never does, and acted like she wanted to come in. So, I scooped her up and took her to the front porch, got a bit box and a blanket, food and litter, and so far have helped her deliver 2 breech babies, an orange and a black. She must have known she would need help. Not sure how many more we'll have tonight.

Raven had a visit to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine on Tuesday. He had been shifting his weight back and forth on his hind legs, and laying down more, and sometimes hanging his left hind leg a bit while standing. I was very concerned and anxious about this. The day before I had a local horse massage and chiropractor, Amanda Duerr, come to give him a massage and she thought his pelvis seemed out of alignment. He seemed to enjoy the massage, but that evening and the next day, he seemed to be more uncomfortable and laying down more and for longer periods. I called Amanda and was lucky that she was available to take him into Saskatoon to the college. I feel quite vulnerable without a truck and horse trailer. He received lots of attention at the college, with examinations from two senior veterinarians and a host of young vet students. He was such a good boy...even doing tricks for some treats. He didn't seem to exhibit any pain, and they thoroughly looked him over, internally and externally. He trailered very well and was such an angel. They said they would call with blood tests results, but I won't here from them till early next week.

I booked Georgina Cyr, an animal communicator to talk with him. I've been wanting to do this for a while.

It's still cold here, and everyone is anxious for spring to arrive. My family will be coming for Easter dinner on Monday, and we'll have an easter egg hunt with the kids...at least Taylor and Kadence. I was hoping to have it outside...but unlikely! I know spring will be here soon.

Twas the night before Saturday
and all through the house
not a creature was stirring
cuz we were curled up on the couch.
When at the back door there
arose such a clatter,
"your horses are out, that's
what's the matter"!
She leapt from the couch,
abandoning Oprah and crackers,
with a look of fright in her eyes,
cuz it was no laughing matter,
Laura and Neil going by
on the road
saw Carol's two horses
and lo and behold,
they were lose and free running,
and being so bold.
So halters they grabbed
and a bucket of oats,
and Carol walked through water
and forest and moats,
while Laura and Neil drove
around the long way,
to capture the beasts
as they went on their way.
Thank goodness for neighbours
who care and take heed,
cuz we captured the buckskin
and the black steed.
We stopped all the traffic
as we paraded back home,
with Laura and Raven leading
the show.
Sugar was next, pulling
Carol along, and Neil followed
close by as we went along.
Munching on piles of hay and secure
once again, Carol's heart loudly pounding,
and her face is all red.
So she shed a quick tear,
and then shook her head,
and she's mighty darn grateful for
her two "hero" friends.

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