We are currently having a massive streak of bad luck (seems to be the trend every winter) and I am without a computer... hence the delay.
February was an extremely productive month, and a definite turning of the page in our lives. We moved into our new apartment and I moved all three of my horses to two different farms.
We got a ton of snow over the course of the month, including a storm the week we moved in. The views up here are gorgeous, but the remote location also makes it nearly impossible to go anywhere if it snows even a little bit. One night, we nearly didn't make it up the mountain on our way home!
The dogs settled well in our new place. They are happy, relaxed, and digging the new routine. I'm excited for spring so I can take them hiking all over our mountain.
I wrote an article
about finding dog-friendly rentals.
Meanwhile, Ozzy was being his usual handsome, goofy self.
Dancer moved to Stride Away, the lesson/boarding barn that I teach at twice a week. He settled in well initially, but then got knocked down to the bottom of the totem pole, where he got beat up and lost a bit of weight. He is now on stall board, much to my chagrin, but he's much happier with the horses he is currently going outside with. I just need to sell him and move on.
At the clinic, an unhinged alcoholic brought two feral cats in for surgery in cardboard boxes. As I was explaining why cardboard=/=cat carrier, one of the cats escaped and bit me. Awesome. Animal Control got involved and the man was told what for. I had a discussion with my boss about the fact that I'm pretty much done working there, and told her to start looking for a replacement.
Despite the snow, I managed to continue lessons with Arrow. He missed some weeks of riding because of a freak pasture accident which ended in a severe stifle injury. Thankfully, he made a full recovery and came back better than ever.
Part of our move includes the addition of horses to our back yard. I have gotten quite used to having horses outside my window without the added responsibility of taking care of them. The stallion, Tookie, has already charmed me quite a bit.
In unfortunate news, the neighbors at Bryce's who found Julio had a house fire. Everybody got out safely, including their dog and cats, but there was a lot of damage and the whole thing left me rattled.
Mike and I decided to get his big truck back on the road.
I moved Ozzy and JR to a client's farm, where I can work off a large chunk of their board. They both love the new digs. I gave up having an indoor, but gained access to my favorite trail system in the state. I cannot wait for spring!
The apartment started to feel more and more like home. I even took pictures of our work in progress... getting unpacked, settled, and set up.
And then I got a flat tire, my computer screen died, and Julio tried to devour my phone. It was the start of a downward spiral, but we'll get into that when I review March. Never a dull moment around here!