I noticed a while back that one of our two Belgian draft horses, Bob, sports an awesome and very stylish mustache. It curls and twirls and is blond as well. Some horses have these, while others don't ... and I'm not sure why that is. His brother Bill also has a mustache, but it just doesn't have the same flair as Bob's (sorry, Bill):
While I was taking these photos this morning, Kate was about to start feeding the boys ... and the load of hay on the utility vehicle just out of reach was driving them crazy while I was clicking away. Bill finally had enough and tried to grab a bale:
Close ... but no cigar. With boys this big, it's easy to forget just how far they can reach with heads and necks so massive.
Bob says, "What, you making fun of my mustache, little fella?":
Um, no sir, just admiring it.
Speaking of mustaches, did you know there was an American Mustache Institute? Me neither.
A number of people have asked about Wilbur's bulging eye. Our other vet, Dr. Chris Plumley, also examined Wilbur's eye the other day and doesn't think it really is bulging per se. He thinks the appearance is partly the result of shallow eye sockets, combined with the gray coloring of the cataracts, which makes for an "optical illusion" (if you will) that it is bulging. And we know from the eye pressure test we did that he doesn't have glaucoma, and there's no squinting or tearing, so there are no outward signs of discomfort. We will be taking Wilbur to our veterinary ophthalmologist in Vermont for a definitive diagnosis on both of his eyes, though.
The new Shelter Challenge started Monday, January 9 and ends at midnight on March 18. Grand prize in this round is $5,000, plus $1,000 for weekly winners and $1,000 for state winners. There are also other categories ... please see the Shelter Challenge website for details.
*** Okay, this is important, folks: We are now LISTED UNDER OUR NEW NAME, ROLLING DOG FARM. State is still NH for New Hampshire. ***
Please remember, you can vote every day ... consider bookmarking the voting page to make it easy.
We won $1,000 as a weekly winner in the last contest, and thousands more in the previous contests. The Shelter Challenge really does bring in a lot of money for the animals here!
You can vote in the Shelter Challenge here.