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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, July 2, 2015

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glanced their way. Fearing for the chicks’ safety, our neighbor asked if she Life at Reuben’s Rescue could turn them over to Ranch is never static‌.it’s us. Without hesitation, my always in a state of con- son prepared a cage for the stant change. But then, chicks on our four-season isn’t that the way life is in porch, and informed me of general? Just blink, and their pending arrival. something has shifted. Less than twenty four People often ask me, hours later, I received call â€?where do you find the from someone else, who animals that reside here?â€? needed to place five duckMy answer is: “We don’t lings‌.the outcome of a find them‌.they find usâ€?. school hatching project. Whenever one of our farm These babies were quickly friends decides to retire outgrowing the classroom from this life and cross over space and needed a larger, to the other side, it’s not permanent place to call long before another crit- home. ter (or critters) shows up I knew the cage on our at the barn doors, needing porch could not accoma place to call home. And modate all of them. As I thus in the blink of an thought about our noweye, life changes‌.and we empty goat stall, I amusedadapt. ly pictured Benjamin’s apOur beloved goat, Ben- palled reaction, had he jamin, passed away last been able to witness movein Dom or somewinter, and his(Set stall hasCasual, in day for our new feaththing similar been empty, leaving a hol- if possible) ered friends. But his stall low ache in my heart ever was the perfect place for since. I’d been wondering acclimating the babies to if another goat Visit would find the farm, until they were us on Facebook its way to the farm, but the big enough to join the adult universe seemed to have a flock in the barnyard. So different plan. the conversion from goat About a month ago, my stall into temporary aviary son took a call from a wom- commenced. an in town, asking if we Now I don’t know about had room for two baby you, but in the cuteness chicks. She had purchased department, I don’t think them as a present for her there’s much on this earth granddaughter, but the that can top a bunch of family dog was envisioning baby animals frolicking to“McNuggetsâ€? every time he gether. Watching seven of by Dawn Thomson Contributing Writer

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them playing and interacting is amusing and hypnotic all at the same time. Add a small pool to the mix, and it’s better than a day at the circus. We became captivated by their antics and amazed by the speed of their development. Within a few days, the chicks and ducklings doubled their size. Within a couple weeks, they all looked like they’d been injected with growth hormones. Now, only a month later, they barely resemble the tiny fuzzballs that arrived on our doorstep, not more than a month ago. Watching them transform, right before my eyes, has been like watching a movie on fast forward. I can’t help but make comparisons to the growth of my own two children. It seems like just yesterday my kids were both diSee dawn on 12

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