Everyone could feel the tension in David Moss’s voice as he recounted the story of his attempts and ultimate success of rescuing his friend who had been buried by an avalanche while the two of them had been skiing during their annual “Snow Madness” adventure. Thank you, David, for taking us along on such a deeply personal and life changing incident.
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A Rescue Dog is a Joyful Sight
Fortunately, few of us will ever know the emotional rush of relief and joy that a person in dire straits feels at the first sight of a rescue team. David Moss, Dunrovin Ranch owners’ brother-in-law, retold the harrowing story of his desperate and seemingly futile attempt to use his ski pole and bare hands to dig his friend out from under an engulfing avalanche of snow. Just as David was reaching the limits of his physical abilities to go on, he caught sight of his rescuers, including a specially trained search dog. You may want to first read David’s gripping and wonderfully written story before you watch this recording of his broadcast.
News from Hashknife Ranch
Stuff Happens - Especially When It's Cold!
The saying “there’s never a dull moment” is more than apt in describing winter life on a Montana ranch. You no sooner get one job done and then something either snaps or breaks, an animal comes up lame, the road washes out, the power goes down, ...and the list goes on. Winter is an especially trying time. Ironically, cold weather just “amps up the heat” on every job. Everything becomes more urgent. Animals need more food. Frozen water needs to be thawed. Equipment won’t start without extra effort. Everything is more apt to break: metal gets brittle with cold weather. So, naturally, winter is when stuff happens that needs fixing NOW! Brandon will illustrate one such incident with his tractor.
The Zen of Stone-boat Pulling
An all important first step for a horse pulling a conveyance is to don the proper tack and get hitched to the proper equipment. This means standing still while the handler works around and attached things to the horse’s body. Well, Oggy is a teenager. Can you see the problem? Standing still is not natural for him. He will try to escape a sedentary stance. Brandon and Ashley are definitely making progress with him, but standing still continues to be an issue. Watch the struggle here.
Raptor Talk with Chelsea: Falcons
Falcons are Cousins to Parrots
If you have been watching Chelsea’s Raptor Talk broadcasts, then you will know that she loves her topic and enjoys posing questions and interjecting fun facts about birds. Who knew that falcons are related to parrots? Chelsea’s falcon presentation was full of great information about Montana’s falcons, including the two that have been sighted at Dunrovin: the kestrel and the merlin.
This Monday at 2PM, Chelsea will present her third Raptor Talk session focused on eagles. Dunrovin is home to both bald and golden eagles as shown in these photos from the internet.
Welcoming Spring with Hobie Hare
A Special Spring of Release
As the Northern Hemisphere begins to tilt towards the sun and the earth awakens from its winter slumber, we cannot help but recognize that the arrival of spring coincides with the Covid-19 pandemic finally loosening its grip on us. Spring is welcomed every year. but this year we feel like throwing open the doors and windows, breathing in the fresh air, and letting go of the restraints the pandemic has demanded of us for over a year. It may not yet be time to unburden ourselves from every caution, but spring and freedom are close at hand. Let Hobie Hare guide you through a spring meditation that invokes this lovely poem by Bill Collins.
Ranch Chores with Ashley
Continually Adapting Hay Feeders
This project is a prime example of why “experimenting” is Dunrovin’s middle name. The entire week became a contest between Captain Clark, pony extraordinaire, and team Ashley and James, who were intent on keeping Clark’s hay in his tire feeder throughout his entire meal. Who’s winning? Watch to find out.
Clicking with Mackenzie
Who is Shaping Who?
If you talk with Mackenzie and Michal, they will certainly clearly state that they are shaping the behavior of both the DIVAS and Canner. While that is true, in that they are able to get the desired behavior from all three of their students, we at Dunrovin would also claim that their equine students have done a considerable amount of shaping these “training sessions.” The DIVAS more than look forward to school with Mackenzie and Michal. For them, school time is “fun time.”
RANCH NOTES AND VIDEOS
Hope Just Flew in on Harriet's Wings - by SuzAnne Miller.
March 27, 2021. My morning started with a long slow audible sigh of relief and tears streaming down my cheeks. The usual early morning check of my webcams from my phone brought Harriet into full view which provoked a rush of emotion I did not expect.
Harriet's return has always delighted and relieved me, but this spring's return opened a floodgate of feelings that I did not know I was harboring.
Harriet has been an integral part of my life since the webcam went up in 2011. She brings spring to Dunrovin each year. She is the center of attention all summer as she goes about the business of reproducing and defending that which is hers.
Harriet has changed my life. She is the inspiration for my having started DaysAtDunrovin.com. She has brought many new friends into my world. Her life has become inexorably intertwined with mine. But she is more even than that. I love this bird in spite of the fact that she neither knows nor cares about me. Love can, indeed, be one directional.
Harriet has given me strength and hope during a most difficult period of my life. She has been a constant reminder of the resilience and beauty of life.
The past ten years have brought me eight surgeries, a stroke, and two horrendously expensive and stressful legal battles with Missoula County in which they tried to close Dunrovin. Each year I seem to lose more of myself - my hearing, my balance, my self confidence. It is a road that all too many walk as they age.
The malaise extends beyond the personal. Our country is at war with itself. Truth has become optional. Some think science is the enemy. Covid has imprisoned us all. Controversy and hate erupt over the easiest thing in the world to do to protect one another: wear a mask. Inexplicably, humanity continues to degrade the nature upon which all life depends. The future is full of uncertainty.
It is overwhelming at times --- and then Harriet returns. She does not have these burdens. While time too may be weathering away her faculties, this does not occupy her mind. She is simply and exquisitely committed to life, to doing what must be done with whatever abilities she has. Watching her prods me to do the same - and in so doing, hope and joy rush in to fill the void left when worries and self doubt depart. It is her gift to me.
Luc Joins Ruby To Nest Again!
What an exciting week in Dunrovin’s avian world! Luc, the extraordinarily beautiful leucitic red-tailed hawk retired to the area to couple up again with Ruby. They have been flying together above the river and spending time preening and watching their domain from their favorite tree on the south side of Dunrovin. Ruby had also been making use of the south pasture perch - which could cause competition with our osprey family. Everything points to summer full of chicks and avian aerial entertainment!
Don't Forget to Join Us for the Monday Socials!
- 7:30AM - Sunrise Webcam Tour with James
- 8:00AM - Morning Chores
- 9:00AM - News from the Hashknife Ranch with Brandon Carpenter
- 9:30AM - Training Oggy with Ashley and Brandon Carpenter
- 12:00PM - Finding Freddie with James
- 1:00PM - Ranch Talk with Ashley
- 2:00PM - Harriet is Back!
- 3:00PM - Raptor Talk with Chelsea: Eagles
- 4:00PM - Feeding the Herd
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