Making Friends


Cows are cows. Goats are goats. Donkeys are donkeys. Sheep are sheep. Well….. Unless you count Annabelle.

It’s amazing to watch how animals stick with their own kind. That’s why people are always saying to not get just one. Many types of animals do better, live better, and are healthier if they have at least one of their own kind to associate with. However, there are interactions between them, and they are fascinating, as if they are dealing with an alien species.

Glory Bee has been the subject of some staring in the goat yard, then she was mostly dismissed. Slowly, the other animals are starting to approach her and check her out….and make friends.

Poky and Glory Bee.



  1. SophannE says:

    Oy the cuteness!

  2. BuckeyeGirl says:


  3. Yvonne says:

    That is sweet! I have to say Suzanne, I was getting very worried for you with that little she-devil GB! I hope this solution, although temporary, will help tame the beast….how can something so cute be such a problem?! I’m also glad to hear the check cleared – YAY! Well deserved!! Take care, we all love you… :heart:

  4. Deni says:

    Such a cut picture!

  5. Kelley says:

    Aww…too cute…
    You sure have alot of cute animals!

  6. Eve Davis says:

    I am so glad that you are letting her be with her mom again, it was very sad to know that at such a young age she was being forced away. You will get better results from a content cow then an angry cow.

    PS does she drink to much from mom that she can’t nurse more often?

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Eve, she is put deliberately with BP now to nurse at night, and other than that, she can nurse during the day whenever BP chooses to go to her and let her. (Already at two months, she doesn’t require as much milk as she did when she was first born, and she is provided hay and calf starter and water, also. She has plenty of opportunity now to get as much as she needs from BP. She DOES still need milk, which is what the problem was because she wouldn’t take milk from me.)

  7. Sara says:

    Adorable. And they both have such huge, georgeous eyes!

  8. Jen in ID says:

    So sweet, and your photo is AMAZING!!

  9. Michelle says:

    Oh, that picture is painfully cute!

    I’m thinking of getting a donkey to watch over our goats. Is that why you got into raising them?

  10. Melinda from Southwest Washington says:

    Glory Bee is well on her way to becoming a part of the farm. Way to go. It nice that BP can choose when she wants to feed GB. That way if GB get too ruff on her utter BP can just walk away. Good job.

  11. Betty says:

    Glory Bee is so darn cute!! Hard to believe she is such a stinker.

  12. Nancy says:

    Aww! I just love “The Peaceable Kingdom” moments!

  13. Kelly says:

    Just the cutest thing ever!!!!

  14. Sandra in SC says:

    Just too cute!!!

  15. margaret rusnak says:

    I think Poky is a sucker for GB’s big brown eyes and long eyelashes!

  16. LisaAJB says:

    BP is such a pretty animal! So adorable!

  17. mommafox says:

    I think BP had twins!! This innocent loking girl can’t be the same
    holy terror you have been telling us about :devil2: :dancingmonster:

  18. mommafox says:

    Innocent LOOKING that should say.

  19. Shelley says:

    So cute! How do you refrain from spending all day snuggling these cuties?!

  20. Jo says:

    That is so DANG CUTE!!!!! Love it. :hug: :heart:

  21. Mary says:

    OMG. That has to go into your next calendar, no doubt. That’s the cover shot!

    You’re right about animals being happier with one of their own kind. Rabbits do best as bonded pairs – I didn’t know that until I started keeping house rabbits as pets. True, they end up not paying as much attention to the pesky human if they have a same-kind friend, but they’re happier.

  22. Landodixy says:

    Totally AWESOME picture…even though she has been acting like a little devil, she sure looks like an angel in this picture! I love her beautiful eyes!


  23. SuzzyQ says:

    Precious, simply precious!

  24. bonita says:

    Maybe Poky, Clover, and the rest of the gang can let Glory Bee in on what a great place Stringtown Rising Farm is and the Woman carries cookies.

  25. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Sounds like things are looking up for the integrated farm family! Anything that will help settle down the 2-month old Tazmanian Devil is good!

  26. Barbee' says:

    Wow! You had the camera at just the right moment that time!

  27. Sheila Z says:

    GB is a cutie. She will tame down nicely for you as long as you keep working with her many times each day. Glad you have her close to the house so the half drunk hunters don’t confuse her pretty brown coat for a deer.

  28. Nic, SD says:

    I shall now be the 32nd person to say AWESOME PHOTO! I admire the eye for it (and most certainly the time spent waiting and waiting for those photos to line up.) (And waiting…)

  29. Grammie Earth says:

    Sweet! Who does Glory Bee’s eyeliner?

  30. judyh says:

    What a sweet, sweet photo. Poky says he’ll help calm her down. :snuggle: :heart: :hug:

  31. Ramona says:

    You take such great photos. Your critters are just too dang cute!

  32. Miss Becky says:

    I love that Glory Bee has some friends! Those eyes are simply too much. Oh, I want her as my own. :yes: :yes: :yes:

  33. Julia says:

    I can’t believe missed this picture the first time around. I’m glad you have that “More posts you might enjoy feature.” GB is so little in this picture. And it was less than 6 months ago.

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