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From Pipi’s Pasture: Animal hopes for the New Year

Diane Prather

Diane Prather

It's 2016, and we humans have been talking with friends and family about our hopes for the New Year. In fact, we started making predictions regarding this next year's weather before summer was even over. I guess it's just human nature.

So this week, just for fun, I wondered what hopes animals might have for 2016, if they had the ability to think as humans do. Remember, this is just for fun. So here's what I came up with for the animals around Pipi's Pasture. Notice that several different kinds of animals are represented.

In 2016, we hope for…

• plenty of hay to finish out the winter and spring.

• plenty of hay for putting up this summer.

• lots of grass on summer pasture.

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• enough water in summer pasture ponds to last until late summer (as it was in 2015).

• no grasshoppers; they eat the grass and are just plain pesky.

• not too much algae in the water.

• shelter from the wind on blizzard days.

• not too many blizzards, either.

• sunshine on at least some of the winter days so we can warm our bodies and get Vitamin D.

• plenty of mineral tubs filled with minerals, protein, and molasses (cow candy).

• feed vehicles that start on cold days so we will be fed on time.

• good "scratching" places so we can rub off winter hair.

• occasional leftovers to go along with dry cat food.

• a little grain scattered from feed pans so that we have something to pick up off the ground.

• good calving weather.

• no calving problems and healthy calves.

• not much wind this spring so our bags won't chap.

• lots of leaves on the lilac, apple, cherry and chokecherry trees so we have browse — some marigold plants would be nice, too.

• no frost so there will be lots of fall berries, especially chokecherries.

• plenty of nectar in the hummingbird feeders.

• a swept-off patio deck where we can snooze on sunny winter days.

• the pesky skunks and deer to leave our cat food alone.

• plenty of insects for our summer's food supply.

• nice warm water on cold mornings.

• warm blankets or sacks to sleep on when it's cold.

• plenty of holes or tunnels in the haystack for staying warm in winter and hiding kittens in the spring.

• an abundance of mice and ground squirrels.

• rich soil in the garden so there will be lots of earthworms.

Here's hoping that you will have a wonderful New Year!