If there is one thing that ranch life has taught me over the years it is that the only thing that is constant is Change.
Winter covers the land in its frozen blanket of ice and snow and just when you begin to despair of ever feeling the sun's heat again, Spring marches forth and life is renewed. Spring slides quickly into the baking Summer heat and life slows down to an all-day search for shade and a yearning for the cool air to return. That yearning is answered by the arrival of Fall and its gentle cooling breezes.
Like the seasons, Life itself runs in cycles. When death visits our land it is followed by life.
A little over a week ago we awakened to discover the death of our newest foal from a cougar attack and yesterday morning, when I walked out to the pasture to check my stock, I discovered yet another visitation to Almosta Ranch and this time it was Life.
We have five pygmy goats that share a pasture with our stallion, Billy and one mare and as I stood in that pasture, stroking Billy's neck I noticed a movement at the base of a tree. Upon closer inspection I discovered the newest member of the Almosta herd.....a baby pygmy goat...born during the night.
The little lady gets her first introduction to the humans of her herd....
Mother and baby......
Proud papa, watching over his charges......
This, my friends, is why I do what I do. Mel and I are stewards of this land and our herds and though at times life is hard, the rewards for our efforts are so very great.
In regards to the cougar attack....the hunt continues but now I hope the big cat does not come back. You see, two days ago it was spotted about ten miles from my place by another rancher. It was crossing an open pasture with two small cubs in tow.....the big cat is a female with babies. Now I hope I never have to kill her, those cubs deserve a chance to live that I do not want to be responsible for taking that from them.