The Dunn Farm Animals

Sherzy and Jasmine

Sherzy was sold to a nice woman who will love her as we have.  Jasmine was frantic for about a day, never having been separated from mama before.  But she has adjusted and actually has become more friendly to Tim, she has no one else now! She is quite the beauty, dazzling to see when she runs, tail held high, nostrils flaring into the wind! Jasmine was sold recently to a wonderful man who also loves horses, and would you believe it, he had gentled her in one day and saddled her! 


 

Arabian Horses

Sherzy is about nine years old, a quiet beauty. Her filly, Jasmine, four years old this July, is so fast; it is breathtaking to see her racing across the pasture, tail and mane flying in the wind -   the beautiful golden, copper color of her coat flashing in the sunlight.  With flared nostrils, her perfect head held high, she comes to a screeching halt, and in a second, is off again!  She holds her tail very high, and she looks so regal!  Like most Arabian horses, she is very spirited and very intelligent.  She is fond of cob, a mixture of oats and molasses, as is mom Sherzy.  They have been known to raid the hay storage area more than once!  My son, Keith, came over one weekend and now she is halter broke.  What a sight to see! He is wonderful with horses! Reminded me of a horse whisperer, the care and time he took with her!  She loves to eat apples.

Chickens

We have about thirty hens, six roosters (Aracuanas, Buff Orpingtons, Banties, Polish Top Hat, and Black Australorpes ) and babies in the making. During the summer, the hens lay about one egg every other day!  With thirty of them, this can add up!!  Extra eggs are sold, so the chickens really pay for their upkeep.  Tim recently purchased eleven white leghorns.  They lay white eggs, which some people prefer.  They are in their own chicken house.  Tim brought them home when they were just little chicks, now they have started laying and are about seven months old.

Learn more about our chickens and roosters on the Chicken Page.  What they eat, where they sleep, and their favorite things to do!

 

 Lizzie died a natural death in her sleep in August 1999.  She loved it on the farm; loved to socialize with the noisy chickens, the strutting roosters, and endured the peacock.  She was gentle, sweet, and very fond of Ian, my grandson.  He will always remember and love Lizzie, his turkey. She was buried with great pomp on Heartbreak Ridge next to Charlie.


  

 Turkey

Lizzie is a Giant White turkey. She escaped being Thanksgiving dinner and become a favorite pet instead.  Ian immediately loved her, so she is waddling around the chicken house with the hens, and roosters, quite content. She loves having Ian stroke her feathers. She actually swoons, sprawled at his feet, her head resting on the ground, her eyes shut in ecstasy!  She will only do this for Ian!!  He asks about her often, ensuring that she is not targeted for any holiday dinner!

Lizzie loves sunbathing, eating crawly bugs and nap time.  Chickens cluck, roosters crow, and Lizzie chirps.  This is a strange little sound, but she does not 'gobble' like the males.  Strange, just a little chirp chirp and not very often either.  She has begun to lay eggs again, large brown turkey eggs with a spattered texture. And yes, they taste like chicken eggs!

 

 

 BeBe was our sweetest cat, loving and purred so softly.  Her two little kittens found good homes after her death and they have her sweet, gentle nature. 

BeBe was mauled and killed by a vicious, rogue cat two years ago.  We miss her terribly.


Cats and kittens

Calicos, Adopted kitties, Siamese, Mixed breeds, and fluffy 'Tux' kitties (black and whites). They all have adopted us and each has its own story. Needless to say, the mice, lizard and frog populations are down! 

 We currently have seven cats and a brand new batch of  kittens! Living in the country allows them room to run and play among the flowers and nap under the shrubs.  Of course, they destroy some of my best plant collections, especially when they are at the 'toddler' stage!  Every day some can be found scampering up the trees while at play.  Climbing trees is a very important life lesson, after all!

With the addition of our new dove cage, they have found a new pastime, climbing up the trellis to peek at the doves. Usually they just enjoy the cooing and nap nearby.

 

Sugar was my sweetheart, we raised her from a kitten.  Regal, with a nasty attitude, she would only allow us to love her when she felt like it!  But she was Daddy's girl.  She died suddenly two years ago, not long after Charlie died.  We love you Sugar, forever.

*Rabbits, Rex and Dwarf

One rabbit is all we have left.  His name is Houdini; yes, for the obvious reason! He is the original daddy and the granddaddy.   Rabbits can take quite a lot of cold weather, but extreme heat really does them in. They love hay and adore apple twigs and fresh grass.  They are quite happy in their large cages. I have thought about letting him loose to enjoy life more fully, but then I would fear for all my growing vegetables, and of course, the flowers!  Houdini spends the cold winters snuggled inside of a wood box home.

 

                        Ozzie

This is Ozzie, our Australian shepherd.   He is such an amazing dog!  He has a human soul, I swear! An old man's soul.  You should hear him groan in the evenings as he lays on the carpet, he sounds like an old man snoozing, he groans, sighs, and sounds human.  Hahahaha!!! We love him so much.  He loves Tim immensely!  He will put his head on his knee, then if Tim does not move or discourage him, he will then put up one paw, then quickly, another paw! Then a back leg, then the other, before you know it, Ozzie is in his lap, the whole dog!! And they love to wrestle.  Ozzie is shown above, enjoying his favorite snack, fresh strawberries right off the plant!  There is a bit of the first snowfall still on the berries here.  Ozzie has stolen Dad Tim's heart that was so sad when Charlie, our little sheltie, died.  Now that we have sold our home, Ozzie lives with Pastors Bill and Andrea Smith and their four girls, having a grand time being spoiled and loved!Pa and Ma are in retirement, no animals anywhere. sigh

 

A miracle! I had always wished for a peacock and one adopted us! A young peacock just showed up and starting roosting in our huge walnut tree.  He had brown, plain feathers and had a good time running around the property, nibbling at white flowers, his favorite snack.  He had begun to acquire his beautiful, long tail feathers.  The iridescent blue of his neck and head was just spectacular!   He liked to hang out with the chickens and his best buddy was a beautiful Aracuana rooster. He often displayed and did his courting dance for the chickens, which completely bewildered them.  He was right there when the cats were fed, as he loved kitty biscuits!  And right there when the chickens were fed, he also loved cracked corn! His favorite roosting spot was the top of the dove cage.  They must lull him to sleep also.

Lancelot disappeared in early spring of 1999.  He had discovered his 'voice' and had not stopped calling for his true love.  As there is a bird ranch not far from here, I suspect he went in search of his lady love.  He was absolutely gorgeous!! We have some great shots of him 'dancing' for the lady chickens and strutting his stuff.  I love you Lancelot, wherever you are! My heart ached so for him that Tim got me another peacock, but he is not tame and stays in a cage.  It is just not the same.


 

                  Dove Aviary

Visit our Dove Aviary! After Baby passed away, we missed her so much we needed to have birds around.  We will always love you Baby! 

 

 

Tim surprised me in late spring with ten goldfish, one black goldfish.  They have made the pond their home, and there are many more now, little babies swimming around, and five, fat black fish!  In the morning and in the evening, he and Ozzie go down and feed the fish.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure and visit  the Pond Garden

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