☆ July 7, 2011
Admission: when I write posts, I pretend that no one will ever read them; it’s the only way I can do it. And I guess I half-believe it at this point because I had no idea there would be so many questions about details!
So, to answer:
Re/ EMT ~ I’ll be bringing my pager with me and keeping it charged via solar as well. I’ll actually be closer than the ambulance to any calls that might occur on the mountain, the mountain highway, and the National Forest. I won’t make it to any calls that occur in town but will be able to help on anything that takes place on the mountain (and it sounds like the bulk of summer calls are up there, anyway).
Re/ the Farmily ~ Ricardo is not coming to the mountain, his favorite cow is one of the Special Project cows that stay down here all summer. As for the rest of them, it should go without saying that I would not be doing this if I thought it would traumatize any of them or put them in any greater danger than they are down here. Duh, right?
I think they’ll love it. The cows and horses will have knee-high grass and no bothersome flies. Eli has moved with me three times, Charlie twice, and Chloe once. They’ve never shown distress with any move and I believe that new experiences are really good for them ~ it allows them to use their brains in a different way.
I will be taking a camp trailer up the mountain and I pulled it right next to my house back in April, so that all the animals could have plenty of time to get used to it and associate it with “home.” All have spent much time in the trailer over the past months and it’s just an extension of home at this point, and will be a measure of consistency up there.
I will be setting up a fenced area on the mountain for Charlie (and Chloe) though they’ll also be allowed freedom there, too. The fenced area I have down here is not to keep Charlie from running away, it’s to keep him from getting shot by strangers or the ignorant, and to keep him from hurting anyone (he’s not demonstrated aggression against others, but just to be safe). He’s a coyote, but he is no more likely to “run away” than Chloe is. Which is to say, not at all.
Rue, Kettle, and Mushy have never roamed further than 100 yards from the house since they moved in. They’re homebodies. I expect that to continue up there, too. I hope Eli does not get eaten by a bear on the mountain, just as I hope he does not get hit by a car or killed by a pair of raccoons down here.
Mike once said it perfectly ~ their home is where you are.
Can I get an “Awwwww”?!
Re/ the baño ~ Outhouse!