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Half a billion years! I wonder how many animals stood on that rock during that time.
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Phil and I took the boys out for a practice drive yesterday afternoon. We're planning to be in the Beulah Christmas parade on Friday but we haven't driven the boys since the State Fair parade back in August. They did awesome. Finn likes to pull a bit too hard when he thinks we're headed back to the truck, and Sputnik has learned that he can slack off whenever Finn is barging ahead, so Finn ends up pulling the carriage all by himself a lot of the time. I'm sure if we drove them more often he'd quickly learn to be patient and wait for Sputnik to pull with him. But neither of them is disobedient or wild, so I think they should be fine for the parade. Can't wait to get the carriage decorated! It looks so elegant even without lights. I'm going to sit up front as the elf driver while Santa sits in the back seat and throws candy.
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Guess who brought in our Christmas tree this afternoon? Yep, Finn was the hero and dragged this puppy all the way from the far end of our property. I usually had my horse Jet drag the tree home for us, but since I lost Jet last July we decided to take Finn. I did have Finn and Sputnik pull our tree back two years ago, but that was kind of wild and a lot more work than handling just one animal. So Finn got to volunteer. He did a great job! He would stop from time to time to let us know that the tree was getting heavy with snow, but as soon as Phil shook it out, Finn was ready to go again. Good boy!  
   
   
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Yesterday was Sputnik's turn to be the macho goat! I felled a small tree halfway down the big hill behind our house, and I thought I would be able to carry it up to the house myself. Well it turned out to be not as small as it looked from my back porch and was much too big for me to drag home in my arms. The goat herd had just disappeared into the bushes, but I called Sputnik and he came running from the herd, eager for the treats he knew would be forthcoming. He followed me to the house where I left the chainsaw and grabbed the breastcollar, singletree, and rope that were all waiting handily near the door where I'd left them after Finn hauled in the Christmas tree.

Sputnik did awesome hauling that heavy log up the hill in the snow. He paused once or twice near the top where the snow gave way to mud and made the going pretty tough, but a few cookies got him going again. He seemed very proud of himself when we reached the house, and I had some extra wood for our stove today. It's a blizzard out there!
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Nanno, that's awesome! I've often thought of using our boys to drag logs...he probably deserved some extra cookies!
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