Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Sorry I've been slow at posting.  Things have been busy here with a big snowstorm which dumped about a foot of snow.  Now, the cold has set in.

My neighbor came by on an ATV to buy eggs.  She showed me the picture of a mountain lion that hunters took a couple of weeks ago.  This is probably the same mountain lion that has screamed and hissed at me.  It was bigger than the ATV in the photo.  OMG.  I guessed it was probably 200 to 250 lbs.  No wonder our whitetail herd has been decimated.  Snowmobilers up on the state land behind the house have reported big cat tracks up there recently, so another cat has moved in.  Sigh.  It explains Mishka's hackles when husband takes the Malamute up there for snowshoeing.

I'm working with Sid and the clicker.  He's pretty smart, but llama training is sort of trial and error with me.  For example, he'll come into the barn when I have the big door open, but he won't if it is shut.  So, I've been trying to get him to step in.  He will stand right on the threshold and stretch his neck, then his head and then his lips to get at the treat, but won't step foot inside.  Snot! ;-)  I suspect we'll bring his new buddy up here after the first.  That'll be good.

Hope you all had a merry Christmas and have a happy new year!

1 comment:

  1. Pretty amazing what you can have in mountain lions sometimes. I've heard a few stories about big cats on Mt. Hood.

    Llamas sound a lot like mules in temperament...thinking and cautious. Interesting.