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Last Saturday Countess Chickadee celebrated her thirty-first birthday. It was a wild party with hay cubes for all. Well, for all who showed up at the fence! And Miss P. of course.


In November when we adopted Chickadee, her owner left her with these words to us, “I’m glad you’re taking the old girl. I think this may be her last winter in the pasture.”

I suppose that statement could still come true, but as far as the “old girl” is concerned, she had a good winter. One could even say a great winter. She’s come out of it looking really good and ready for the green grass that’s sprouting up all over the pasture.


Chickadee had literally been put out to pasture. Amazing how well she did with daily grain and a blanket to protect her on the cold days.

I’m not saying ‘look at how good we are for taking her in.’

I think what I’m trying to say is how all of us–animal and human thrive with attention.

When someone loves us, cares for us, notices us, we do well. Psychologists have studied this forever always with the same end result.

We need each other.

We need to be loved. It’s hard wired into us.


Happy Birthday Chickadee!

Know this old girl: You will live out your years being pampered and loved.

And who could ask for a better birthday present?

Tomorrow’s the big day and you’re invited to send your birthday wishes to our sweet appy.

He’s back in the pasture with his pals, but not completely out of the woods yet.

Thanks for caring about him!

He and Pepper had a “moment” when they were reunited. Made my heart go pitty-pat.

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Happy Birthday!

Today rounds out the last of our spring birthday/anniversary celebrations.

Miss Pepper is having a birthday.

She is twenty-nine today. And that, my friends is quite an accomplishment for an arthritic horse that has trouble keeping weight on.

She came into this world with a big name: Luke’s King Leo. But that’s no name for a sweet girl, so her owners at the time dug back into Miss P’s genealogy and found Peppy Compadre. And from that (I’m guessing here) they named her Pepper.

Mother’s Day Baby

She was born right around Mother’s Day, and nine years later, I was able to purchase her with money I received after my Mother’s death.

Somehow in my mind, all of that gets rolled into nurturing, mother energy, which has been infinitely comforting over the years. Even though my mother was not a “horse person,” she is with me in spirit every time I’m with Pepper.

As we’ve shared our lives over the past twenty years, Pepper has helped me be a stronger, more confident woman. On so many occasions, she has pushed me far beyond the bounds of my comfort zone. I’ve learned to face fears I never thought I’d address.

With horses, you learn to “just do it.” Whatever “it” is. And when you come out on the other side of it, you realize, deep down in your soul, that you are changed for the better. It’s subtle and yet so profound.

For that Miss P, I am forever in your debt.

When we started this journey together, I didn’t have even an inkling that I would fall so deeply in love.

Yet that’s exactly what has happened. She is part of me at my very core, and that’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!



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