The circle

August 16th, 2008

We’re fairly realistic folks and have lived life long enough to know that sometimes things can go terribly wrong. Still, nothing prepared us for the shock of arriving home to find Francie dead. Her collar had caught on a fence she was attempting to scale. Of the two Great Pyrenees pups, Francie was the instigator of trouble. She was on her way to find trouble, no doubt, when the accident happened. I would like to think that this was just a wonderful reminder of how full of life she was in the small number of days she had. But really, there isn’t much we wouldn’t do to have her back again.

Meanwhile, there has been a small break in the oppressive Texas heat this last week. You can see it in the sheep, whose mobility and personalities have expanded as the temperatures have declined. Their curiosity about their surroundings now appears to include more than just the grass that they eat.  And — perhaps the best indicator of cooler times ahead — young Calvin, the youngest of the Gang of 5, is starting to get a little… randy. Just the other day, he made a fumbling pass at one of the ewes, who deftly turned the young ram away. Still, it lifted our hearts a little in the aftermath of Francie’s demise to see the first nascent signs of The Circle starting over yet again.


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