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A Fearless Princess

One of the things that I love the most about California – as I know I’ve mentioned before – is how friendly and outgoing everyone is here, and how easy it is to make friends!

You see, I’ve always been able to make friends with humans pretty easily, being that I’m super lovable and sweet (and handsome and charming) (and modest!). Most of the horses I’ve met have ended up wanting to be my friends, too… except for the ones who had a major chip on their withers (which honestly haven’t been that many). I’ve even made friends with some dogs – like Annie, the dog I became friends with when I lived at my Aunt Joyce’s house in New York.

But all my life, I’ve always wanted to make friends with a kitty. There’s just something about them; they’re so regal and independent. If you win the hard-earned love and friendship of a kitty, you know you’ve done something worthwhile. (Not like winning the friendship of a dog, where all you have to do is glance in their general direction and you’ve won them over. Don’t get me wrong, though; I’m pretty much the same way. I love making friends with dogs – because my friendship is just as easy to win!)

Anyway, I’m sure most of you remember Rocky the Kitty, right? He was a kitty that I became friends with in Tennessee. He was shy and a little nervous at first, but we quickly became buddies. The only bad part about my friendship with Rocky was that he didn’t like to hug or cuddle – and I love to hug and cuddle. 

Then, when I moved out here to California, I became friends with a kitty named Olive and also with her barn-sister, a kitty named Becky. They’re both wonderful and love to hang out with Mommy and me. But I have finally met a kitty who takes the entire carrot-cake. She’s probably my best kitty friend in the whole world, and I’ve barely known her a single day!

Yesterday, while Mommy and I were working, we noticed that we had an audience.

Look, Mommy! There's Princess!

Look, Mommy! There’s Princess!

So, when it was time to take a break, we went over to say hello.

Princess gave me the warmest, friendliest hello of any kitty I’ve ever met before. She gave me a “kitty hug” before I’d even had a chance to introduce myself!

Well, hello there, Princess! It's nice to finally meet you up close!

Well, hello there, Princess! It’s nice to finally meet you up close!

Mommy leaned down to pet Princess and say hello, too, and then Princess did something completely unexpected.

She climbed right up into Mommy’s lap… on my back!

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I stood really still, because I didn’t want to scare her – but I should have known better. Any Princess who is brave enough to climb onto a horse’s back is clearly fearless!

As soon as she hopped up into the saddle, I could feel that weird, happy vibration that humans call “purring.” (I don’t know how those kitties do it, but I sure wish I could purr. There are lots of occasions when I would purr if I could, like when Daddy used to massage my ears… Or when I’m eating my grain!)

Anyway, Princess was apparently so happy to be sitting on my back that she decided to take a nap. That was fine with me, though, because it meant that I could take a longer break and just hang out, eating grass over the wall!

You just sleep as loooong as you want to, Princess!

You just sleep as loooong as you want to, Princess!

Mommy thought it was absolutely hysterical that Princess just jumped up into her lap while she was on my back, but I thought it was really cool. I knew that Princess and I would be best friends forever!

Now THAT is a happy kitty!

Now THAT is a happy kitty!

Eventually, Mommy told Princess that she’d either have to ride double with us while I finished my workout, or that she would have to get back down and watch from the sidelines. After a few more cuddles and a big hug (and head-scratchies from Mommy, which made Princess purr even louder), my newest kitty friend hopped back down onto the wall and wandered off to catch some mice, or sleep in the sunshine, or whatever it is that Princesses do in their free time.

Yep, I think I’m really going to love it here in California… In fact, I already do!

That’s about all I’ve got for you today, friends. I’ll continue to keep you updated on my California adventures; I’m sure there are many more to come. Catch y’all later!

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Rainy days are not okay!

Someone told me the other day that August in Tennessee is supposed to be hot and dry, with no rain. In fact, last year in August, we actually had a drought! It didn’t rain for weeks; all the grass turned brown, the ground was as hard as rocks, and my friends and I all became very light from being bleached by the sun.

Last August, my first time jumping a brick wall! Look at how sun-bleached I am!

Last August, my first time jumping a brick wall! Look at how sun-bleached I was!

This year is totally different.

This year, the rain has been coming in floods… quite literally! In fact, it’s been raining so much lately that Mommy and I haven’t gotten to work since the last time I told you about it, a few days ago!

Okay, actually, I guess that’s not entirely true. The weather today is nice, but Mommy is sick with a “human virus,” so she wasn’t feeling well enough to ride me today. Which is a shame, because she was fine a couple days ago – the day after our last workout – and actually wanted to ride, but it was pouring down rain by the time she got to the barn.

Wow... look at all that rain.

Wow… look at all that rain.

The next day, Mommy came and got me out again… but it was still raining, so I was only able to stand in the barn aisle and watch the rain… again. Mommy was still feeling sick, though, so she didn’t come back in the evening to get me out and let me graze when the rain stopped.

Instead, she sent Daddy! Even though I missed Mommy, hanging out with Daddy was a really awesome treat.

Chilling with Daddy, eating some grass...

Chilling with Daddy, eating some grass…

Daddy and I chilled together for a while, and then one of my best friends, Rocky the Kitty, came over to hang out with us, too!

Oh, hey Rocky! I almost didn't see you there!

Oh, hey Rocky! I almost didn’t see you there!

Rocky likes to hide in the bushes and sneak up on me sometimes. He always follows me around, especially in the afternoons and evenings when Daddy and I (or Mommy and I) are the only ones at the farm. He’s my trusted sidekick!

There's Rocky in the background, chillin' on the tractor!

There’s Rocky in the background, chillin’ on the tractor!

It took Rocky a while to warm up to me, though. I think he was scared at first because I’m so much bigger than he is. That’s okay, though; now we’re best friends, and I love having him around when we’re hanging out!

Anyway, Mommy came out to see me this morning. Even though it wasn’t raining, she still felt too sick to ride. So, she put me in the round pen for a while so that I could roll in the sand, get out my sillies and stretch my legs. There was a lot going on at the farm today, so I had a lot of fun watching the hustle and bustle.

Checking out the goings-on...

Checking out the goings-on…

Then, instead of putting me back into my own stall, Mommy walked me up the hill and put me into one of the dry-paddocks!

Taking it all in...

Taking it all in…

I was alone, but she said that there would be other horses coming into the nearby paddocks pretty soon. It felt nice to get to walk around and look at something new; I’ve been in my stall for so long now, I was starting to wonder if I’d ever get to be turned out again!

Mommy gave me some hay in a couple different places, and I had to take a bite from each little pile before I could decide which one I wanted to start with.

Mmmm... this pile of hay tastes just as good as the last one!

Mmmm… this pile of hay tastes just as good as the last one!

After I settled into my new paddock, Mommy told me that I would get to go outside there during the days for a while, before she moves me to a grass paddock. Then, she gave me a kiss and said goodbye!

I hope that I’ll get to work tomorrow, but I’ll let y’all know either way. Stay cool, friends, and have a great weekend!

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