Saturday January 26 2013
Way out here up the crick in Owyhee, it's easy to hunker down and keep to yourself. It's not a dislike of humans or neighbors, it's just … a way of life. We'll do anything for each other, and run over when needed, but we generally keep to our own little crick bubbles.
This reclusive existence gets turned on its head when Linda brings the Owyhee Menagerie to visit.
Linda's Menagerie always causes a ruckus with the Owyhee herd, and how could they not? Birdie the mule, Hoot the miniature horse, a couple of running barking little dogs, Edna the donkey with her best friend, a big Yeti-monster dog named Goat, with Linda leading the way, yelling at all of them, not being listened to by any… they all make for a rather unorthodox disparate herd collection that would boggle the mind of any self-respecting horse.
The first sighting of the approaching Menagerie causes extreme alertness:
Then comes apprehension, crowding, dodging, avoiding, shoving ("You get closer. No, YOU get closer!").
In the foal Luna's case it's ultra perplexion at these odd creatures.
Ultimately, desperate curiosity wins out and consumes the Owyhee herd. Noses must be touched and scents inhaled.
The motley Menagerie shows off:
and then pauses to ponder the Owyhee horses:
It's always an entertaining treat for both herds, this neighborly get together on the crick.
In Linda's word: "whenever linda and her crew come calling KAOS ensues!!! [The Owyhee] herd comes a running. goat-dog starts bugging them w/barking, linda yelling, chasing Goat dog. edna and birdie running around the snow covered garden spot.....and hoot....is touching noses and running underneath the horses noses and driving them nuts."