As you might imagine, it’s considerably more humid here than it is back in Albuquerque. And while everyone is shedding out quite nicely right now, Patrick not so much.

With as much sweating as he’s been doing, we figured it’d be best to trim him for the summer.


We pulled the clippers out on Saturday afternoon with the honorable intent of giving woolly Patty Pat Pat a full-body shave.

Yeah, not so much.


Poor Patrick panicked at the sound of the clippers. Try as we might to comfort him, his terrified moments quickly outnumbered his calm ones. I have to assume that Patrick is more apt to panic than anyone else in the herd because of his past abuse. (Patrick is also the only one to freak when Harriet wears her blue coat.)


He even did the unprecedented “try to kick Daddy in the head” a couple of times. That’s probably because Don threatened to shave D-O-N into Patrick’s side.


You can see how much little we managed to get shaved. I suppose it’s enough to let Patrick feel at least a bit cooler over the next couple of months.


Shaving him has allowed us to see Patrick’s brand for the first time though.


The man who used to rope Patrick told Don that his brand was similar to the symbol for hazardous materials. (I couldn’t believe it either.)



I’m going to see it as a shamrock instead.


After all, wonderful things can come in threes, right?

Grace Patrick Harriet

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From right to left: Bernard, Ellsworth, Nigel (Patrick in the background). I had just arrived home from work last night as a man was walking his dog past Morning Bray Farm. The boys were spellbound.

Nigel Ellsworth Bernard

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Nigel and Patrick2

Nigel and Patrick3

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We celebrated Ellsworth’s birthday on Thursday.

He couldn’t believe this cake was his!

As always, the birthday boy got the first bite of cake.

Meanwhile, Patrick made his cutest faces ever.

As if that wasn’t enough flattery, Bernard started too.

“Look Patrick, here’s how to make a goober face. Mamma thinks this is adorable.”

And Patrick made a goober face too.

And then everyone had cake.

Bernard and Ellsworth. Like peas and carrots.

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For the first time on Tuesday evening, Gracie let me rub her back until my arms got tired. After that, I figured last night was a good time to try taking things one step further by brushing her.

By Gracie, she got it!

Good girl, Gracie!

I talked to her the whole time and told her how beautiful she is:

And how proud of her we are:

I also had to explain to her that she’s now joining the ranks of those at Morning Bray Farm who love to be brushed.

Witness Patrick. He came over and backed right up so that I would brush his butt:

And lookee here. Buckaroo too:

And, as if all that wasn’t exciting enough, Don’s been working with Nigel on his feet:

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