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Old 08-14-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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LOL What happens to those animals? Well, we sell them, just like anyone who finds themselves no longer able. We have already talked to our daughter and future son in law about what they want to do with the farm if something happens - they love it and will do well. DH has 9.5 inches of titanium in his spine, and a titanium hip, one leg is shorter than the other, he walks with a cane and is on lifetime meds. But we got things to accomodate him - a 4-wheeler instead of a horse to go out and fix fences, he takes his AM and PM naps due to the drugs so we schedule the work times around his abilities. Plus I (even with lupus) take up a lot of the slack. We also have a young 13 YOA girl, a 'townie' , who is in 4-H who is showing one of the calves we had this year at the county fair - she is learning all about farm animals and helping out, and often brings her big brother and little sister along to learn and help out. Folks 'round here call our little farm "The Petting Zoo"!

We raise small Irish Dexter cattle, for lots of reasons - they are intelligent, smaller than normal, less trouble and eat less than full-sized cattle, and unlike our neighboring rancher friends we do not have to 'pull calves' in ice-covered barns every spring. Our girls just drop 'em and go. Our property was already fenced and cross-fenced when we bought it; so we just have to keep the fenceposts and barb'wire tight and secure.

We knew what we wanted, knew what we could handle, and looked for exactly what we could. Being afraid of falling is no reason not to do what makes you happy... whether it's traveling, or skydiving, or trekking thru a blizzard. DH was given an "expiration date" of 2 years ago; the docs said with his injuries there was no way he could live longer. He's still kicking - just not as high.
Sounds like a terrific life to this "city girl", who has always made her living working with plants and animals, but who never got the "farm" she always wanted. Content now, no regrets, but life (and youth) are just not long enough to do everything. . . .I always tired, though!
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