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The Barnyard Christmas Eve

Just in time for Christmas: the Barnyard Christmas Eve, the fifth book in “the Critters That Call the Farm Home” Series.

Last year “The Great Apple’ came out on 11/11/11 so it seemed appropriate to do 12/12/12 since it’ll be quite an age till that can be done again, it would also be in season (right before Christmas), and hey, what better way to celebrate the release of the first part of “The Hobbit” in theaters. :0)

You can read more about it here: http://www.picsbylis.com/writings/barnyard_christmas.html

Dogs Can Too See rainbows

I am sure you have heared ignorant claims such as “Dogs can’t see in color” and “Dogs can’t see rainbows” and so forth. But when was the last time someone had the perspective of a dog; looking through their eyes and all that is seen being processed into their brain. The world is in color. Just because black and white tvs came ’round first it doesn’t mean the world was black and white.

Mister Bagpipes has a favorite color…yellow. He loves yellow boxes filled with food and he loves yellow flowers, especially daffodils.

And here he is posing for a portrait…however I didn’t exactly get him to cooperate…he was too busy looking at that rainbow…the one dogs aren’t supposed to be able to see.

Bagpipes and the Rainbow

Bagpipes and Hornpipes

Bagpipes and HornpipesLearning How to Eat Ice Cubes

     Milking that old crazy nanny goat was impossible, she was always flighty and now she was just plain crazy. So we had to feed the little guy cow’s milk using a small pop bottle with a very small nipple.
He found his voice soon enough and when he was hungry or had to go he’d let us know by screaming. Bagpipes went over to the barrel, budged it so it moved, and Hornpipes quit yelling and listened. Then Bagpipes went to the door, dinged his bell, and we let him outside. See when we first got Bagpipes we got a hunting dog bell and hung it on the door. Dad rang it once and let Bagpipes outside, and from then on he dings his bell to go out.
He was telling Hornpipes, ”Hey kid, when you want out, you just do this.” So we gave him one of Bagpipes’ other bells by tying it to a string and then tying the other end to a dowel rod that sat over the top of the barrel.

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Bagpipes Adopts a Kid

       Sometime in the night or early hours Nettle went crazy, as goats and some animals do, and killed the little girl. I saw immediately when I entered the barn on that cold January day the nanny kid lying there, with her neck cocked back. Nettle had caught her under the neck with her horns and broke her neck, possibly throwing her into the wall. When I went in to find the boy he was nowhere to be found. The girl’s body was cold and stiff, which meant it had been at least a few hours even though it was a very cold morning. 
      I searched all over for the little boy with no luck. Then I pulled my flashlight out and started looking in every nook and cranny. I found him under my saddle that had fallen on the floor. Near as I could figure was Nettle had killed the little girl and tried to kill the boy too. She had picked him up and flipped him in the air, but luckily she accidentally threw him over the gate and he landed in the hay and straw on the ground. He was shivering so, it was quite cold, and we had just had another night where it was -35°F. 

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