So the HK Bar had a major hail storm hit about 1 pm today. Golf ball size hail, high winds, and a torrential downpour.
I posted a video I took during the very beginning of it all. The hail was only about quarter sized at this point but coming down fast.
My brand new Yukon, my Dodge, and my husbands Dodge truck are all battered…..
The siding on our house has holes all over in it……
The three photos above are pictures taken four hours after the hail…still piles of it everywhere…
I immediately phoned all of our insurance companies on the house and vehicles. I asked husband to call in our crops damage (alfalfa total worth about 10k)…..for him to look stricken and tell me he had not yet insured for the year. *sigh*
Such the life of a rancher.. BUT here on the HK we try to keep our eyes on the 🌈 rainbow…. so we are praying God provides us deductible 💰 money…. And saying thank you that all our livestock is accounted for, safe and sound.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for strength, pray for recovery, pray for patience and goodwill.
Mastering the Down, Watch, Stay
Bullet our two year old heeler is getting schooled by me. My husband usually trains all the cattle dogs on the HK but with him working two jobs and over eighty hours a week I am picking up the slack at home.
Bullet works great in the chute, but lacks the other skills needed from a cattle dog on the HK. After weaning her pups about a month ago I pulled her off maternity leave and am putting her back in training.
Right now we are mastering leash edicate, and the down, watch, stay. She is doing well so far. I still don’t trust her to run wide open, thus the leash. Mastering leash work and commands by my side will make it easier when she starts working more independently out in the field.
The little girls and I walked her nearly a mile and took her out when we fed cows and horses.
Owl, Bo, and the cows.
Bunny and the cows
She struggled on the lead a bit when she saw the cows. She just wanted to run then and push them into the catch pen. She knows how to do this job well, but lacks the patience and discipline. So I made her sit quietly and just watch. She settled quickly and began to see I just wanted her to stay quiet.
I have really been enjoying my training time with Bullet. She is really my husband’s dog, but I teased him I may just have to add her to my pack. My black Labrador Bo, my red heeler Tucker and my daughters miniature Aussie Shepherd Precious ride in the truck or suburban every chance they can. Often on my trip to town to take Boo to school as well as pick her up. They love it!
So cheers to Bullet and her training!
Bullet watching quietly
Miss Ellie my favorite cow gave us a beautiful suprise this morning. Boo was at school but will get to see her this afternoon. Owl clapped and said “Our baby! Baby cow mama! Yay!”. Little Bunny smiled and pointed and clapped.
If everyone could witness the innocence and beauty of a newborn life I think the world would be a different place. I am blessed to be able to raise my three girls on the HK Bar knowing about the magic of life, the beauty of nature, and knowing Gods way.
My husband is an amazing person. He is an amazing father to our three girls Boo who is five, Owl who is 23 months , and Bunny who is a year. Today he took the girls for a walk on our farm, The HK Bar. I stood at a distance and I watched their adventure. This is what I saw…..
He called up our cows for them.
Daddy holding owl up so she can see the cows coming in
Owl and Tucker and our cow Ellie
He encouraged Boo to climb fences to see her horse, Romeo
He ran fast pulling Bunny in the wagon
And then he realized they were being followed.
My girls and I are so lucky to have a man in our lives that will walk with us, encourage us, lift us up, and show us the beauty in the world around us.