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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, November 6, 2014

DAWN On T h e FARM

St. Charles Church

Craft & Holiday Fair

by Dawn Dawn Thomson Thomson by

of Reuben's Reuben's Rescue Rescue Ranch Ranch of

Thanksgiving Blessings‌. Oh, and also for Tom, her favorite human on the planet, on whom she has Hi! My name is Reuben. a humongous crush‌.as I’m an Appendix Quarter- evidenced by her googly horse and I’m the name- eyes and batting eyelashsake here at “Reuben’s es, whenever she’s around Rescue Ranchâ€?. Normally, him. my Mom writes this colGavroche, Speckles, Cotumn, but she enlisted the tonball, and Yoda, (our reshelp of me and my barn ident rooster quartet)‌.. mates this month. for the daily toleration of When my mom and my their devilish, domineergirl Sharleigh first met ing rooster antics‌..withme at Live and Let Live out the threat of becomRescue, it was love at ing chicken soup‌.well, first sight. They fostered maybe just a few small idle me immediately, which threats. Mom can often be quickly turned into a per- heard muttering through manent adoption and trig- gritted teeth: “they’re just gered the startup of Reu- being roostersâ€?, as she ben’s Rescue Ranch. Since fends off their persistent then, many other animals attacks. have come to live with us, Fantine, Maple, Pepperand I’ve been privileged to corn, and the McNuggets develop friendships that (the hens)‌.for being able sometimes cross species to free-range in the padlines‌.like my chicken dock and yard‌.they adore friend Fantine, and my wide open spaces, much llama pal, Miss Ayra. Most like the Dixie Chicks! And, of the time, we all get along yes, they even seem to like pretty well. Sure we have those pesky roosters, esthe occasional disagree- pecially for snuggling up ment over the proper peck- to on cold nights. ing order, but overall we Jenny, Petey, and Zoe, cohabitate quite nicely, (our donkey trio)‌‌are and we all appreciate hav- grateful‌.for each other! ing a forever home togeth- These three are inseparaer, here on the farm. ble! This trio is especially With Thanksgiving fast thankful for all the little approaching, my paddock kids who come to visit and mates and I have been re- groom them‌..they LOVE flecting on the many bless- their brushings! ings bestowed upon us, Tiny‌.for being out of in Dom Casual, or some- factory‌. and we thought(Set it befitting the premarin thing similar if possible) to share our gratitude with for her permanent home our readers. here on the farm with Yonkers, Iggie, and Turk her beloved family and (my feathered geese and friends‌.for days filled Visit us on Facebook duck friends)‌..are grate- with contentment rather ful for all the rain we’ve than fear. had this fall, because they Eternity‌..for never havLOVE splashing in mud ing known anything other puddles! (Let me just say than love and peace in “Yuk!â€?‌.us equines do her life‌..she was born NOT see the appeal). here‌..and here she’ll Miss Ayra, (our token stay forever‌.thus her llama)‌‌is grateful for name. warm, sunny days, during Mr. Beans‌..for being which she loves to sprawl allowed to be himself‌.. out for midday siestas. all 15 hands of his royal-

by Dawn Thomson Contributing Writer

ship‌..he never really liked being a pacing racing horse‌.he much prefers to canter! Dakota, Bella, and Shylo (the canines)‌.. for the daily ritual of farm work, with its unrestrained freedom to run and play‌. unleashed‌.yippee! I, Reuben, the oldest resident here, would like to thank my dear goat pal Benjamin, for being such a good friend to me for so many years, and for remaining bright eyed and full of spunk, in spite of his having cancer. Even though I tell people I don’t like goats, I love you Ben Ben, and I’m grateful for every day we have together. And Ben Ben, himself, is grateful for seemingly ordinary things like apples and fresh veggies (he loves em), sweet hay, and most especially for between-thehorns head scratchings that get bestowed upon him daily. A good scratching in those hard-to-reach places is pure bliss to a goat! Most of all, my barn mates and I are grateful for the busy Open Farm Saturdays that have brought so many of you out to meet us. We love the freedom to be out in the yard mingling with our visitors and of course, the carrots, apples, See dawn on 13

Sat., Nov. 8th from 9am - 3pm Many vendors with Handmade crafts/gifts Themed Rafe baskets Quilt rafe Bake sale Silent auction Food

The Church is located on Rte. 25 in Meredith For more information call 279-4403

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COUNTRY STORE 1441 Peaked Hill Rd, Bristol

603-744-2265

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Reuben’s Rescue Ranch OPEN FOR VISITORS SATURDAYS FROM 9AM TO 4PM

Y Bring the kids to feed the goats, pet the donkeys or meet HOLIDA S H WREAT LLS our special horses Reuben, Tiny, Mr. Beans & Eternity G BA KISSIN Purchase your Holiday Wreaths, Kissing Balls, and MAS CHRISTES E Christmas Trees from us to help support the animals, and R T

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