Monday, December 26, 2011

The Christmas Guest

Miss Betty, heading for the garden

Closer inspection

Bruno, out for a munch on the back lawn, wearing his "apres-workout" cooler

Amazing ...  they largely ignored each other

Bit of a sniff and closer look on Bruno's part

... and then they go their separate ways

Betty, up close and personal

And a bit more garden time before we go inside

I've ben doing a lot of dog-sitting for relatives this fall and winter.  Betty arrived Christmas Day.  My aunt [who was taking care of Betty for a sister] brought her here, as my aunt was going to another sister's for dinner, and that sister didn't want Betty at her house as she sheds [Betty, not the sister!] It's all mildly convoluted.
I finally got to ride today, as the weather was quite fine and the ground was not frozen. So out Betty and I went. Bruno was fine with her, though he did pretend to be afraid when I was on his back. All horses practice this art of evasion to varying degrees, feigning fear in order to rattle the rider, and thereby avoid "work".  Anyway, it was so good to get outside and ride, evasions or not!


  1. What a great way to spend the day, love the photos and the text, makes me smile. Animals are so much fun to observe.
    I am home and recovering from a surgery made before Christmas ( 5 days of hospital)....I don't think anybody noticed though :-), and am really looking forward to get back to my dancing class( as a pupil) and get some exercise. Wonderful just to take your horse and go out there! xoxox

  2. Kathry, I made a comment on this last night, but something must have gone wrong...again . Well, I told you how wonderful it is to observe animals, they are so funny, and I love these photos! And how wonderful for friends and family, that they can rely on you for 'babysitting' :-) xox

  3. Love the photos and your story. I just have to ask, are they little blue coverings on Bruno's front hooves?

  4. Oh Betty is so brave to be out with Bruno! Gosh...
    And Bruno is so beautiful.
    He has a coat.
    Maybe Betty needs a coat. Maybe Betty can live with you forevers!