We say goodbye to Chiko

Even though spring on a farm is all about new life, our 13-year-old old Australian terrier Chiko chose that time to pass away, thus closing an era. He gave us notice, however, and our youngest son, who was Chiko’s main human, was able to make it to the farm from Colorado to say goodbye to his dog.

Chiko, we will miss you.

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Asta the filly says hello to the canine senior statesman, Chiko.

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Young and old: Chiko and kitten Fiona cuddle for a nap.

From an earlier time: Bear, rear, and Chiko were road trip troopers.

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The Kitten and the Canine

I blame the cats.

I know that transitioning a new cat or kitten to the current residents can be tough, but Vincent and Piper not only ignored the orphan kitten Fiona, they hissed and batted at her whenever she toddled near.

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Vincent ignores Fiona, who has emerged from her crate yet keeps her distance.

We kept the kitten in a large crate for her own protection, and would allow her out only under close supervision. In search of a pack of her own, and at the risk of using a cliche, Fiona went to the dogs. To this day, I think the little cat firmly believes she is one.

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“Well, the other dogs seem to like this thing, so I guess I’ll chew on it, too.”

It started with Chiko, our old Aussie terrier. The elder statesman was the first to be tolerant, even affectionate, of Fiona, and she would nap with him whenever she could.

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Young and old: Chiko and Fiona cuddle for a nap.

Then the kitten discovered Levi, Matt’s black Lab. In Levi, Fiona found her soul mate.

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A nap in the sun is a great way to spend the day.

I got the first inkling of the strength of the relationship one day in the kitchen, when Fiona ran under my foot and I accidentally stepped on part of her tail. She squealed in protest and ran! –straight to Levi, where she hid against his chest and he looked at me with what I can only describe as reproach.

What can I say? When love strikes,  you just gotta go with it.

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Levi’s tail provides entertainment for Fiona.

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Levi and Fiona, a blur of black fur. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends.

It’s a Girl!! (s)

Neela ninja-birthed on us–a gorgeous filly, foaled in the pasture. We are thrilled and relieved to say both momma and baby are doing fine.

The filly is solid black for now, but it’s easy to see the gray hairs in her coat, so she will be changing color soon. I’m hoping she keeps her black stockings, like her dam.

And in other baby news…we are fostering an orphan kitten, named Fiona. She arrived at age two weeks. She reminds us of a tiny grizzly bear.

More details later on all of it, but here are some pics for all to enjoy!

Yippee!!!!

The kitten was first to arrive. The pictures say it all.

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kitten nursing from bottle

Good thing she’s cute, as she has to have a bottle every three hours!

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Even the dogs like her. Here, Chiko, our resident grandpa, allows her to cuddle up for a nap.

A week after the kitten, our next black and gray baby girl arrived!

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Welcome to the world! The filly has just arrived, so Neela nudges her to get up.

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The foal was on her feet within ten minutes of being born.

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Emma, who is the filly’s buyer/mom, rubs her dry.

 

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Ten minutes after standing, the filly, who Emma has named Asta (it means “love”) , was nursing. We brought the mother and baby duo to the barn as it was getting to pour a cold rain, where Asta showed off her nursing skills again. See the cute tiny snip of white at the top of her tail?

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The next day, momma and baby started enjoying their paddock, known as “the playpen.” They are wonderful to watch.