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Lessons From the Funny Farm 
Sep. 5, 2012 10:48 am 
Updated: Sep. 18, 2012 7:07 pm

Things we can learn from critters...

Sometimes we should make an effort to fit in...

Find friends of like mind...

 beware of wolves in sheep's clothing...

Don't discount the value of therapy...

Sleeplessness can often be remedied by counting sheep...

Go where you feel accepted...

Be kind to door to door salesmen

Try not to bore others with too many details...

Hiding from your fears won't make them go away...

Don't let rejection by others define you, to be an individual you don't have to follow the crowd...

Remember that you just can't please some people...

Don't be afraid to climb higher to reach for your dreams...

Choose good role models...

Don't be afraid to apologize when you are wrong...

Be content with what you have...

Don't judge someone by how they look

Have compassion for others, even if they are different than you

Color doesn't count, but character does
Sep. 5, 2012 11:03 am
A wonderful blog. Thank you for some reminders. Some pics made me laugh and a couple brought a tear to my eye. I don't know where you got all the wisdom, but I'm blessed to know you - and your wonderful animals. Thank you.
Sep. 5, 2012 11:15 am
I love your blogs so much. Just want to hug those big white dogs! :)
Sep. 5, 2012 11:24 am
Petey: Nice blog! Lots of good advice! Love the photo of the dog surrounded by tiny lambs!
Sep. 5, 2012 11:40 am
Very Good, I really Love The "Have compassion for others, even if they are different than you" picture, very cute.
Sep. 5, 2012 11:48 am
Absolutely loved the blog! Excellent advice as well!
Sep. 5, 2012 2:23 pm
love it! eapecially the don't hide from your fears and don't be afraid to climb higher...but heck, they were all excellent. great pictures!
Sep. 5, 2012 2:30 pm
Really loved reading this,your pictures are beautiful,makes me want to reach in and pet all those animals.You are very talented.
Sep. 5, 2012 4:38 pm
Your ability to capture these amazing animals at their most picturesque never ceases to astound me. Cider is an absolute riot and the Cletus and Bruno have limitless patience (or so it seems.) Thanks for sharing this joy with us.
Sep. 5, 2012 6:08 pm
Great wisdom! Wonderful blog!
Sep. 5, 2012 7:39 pm
Petey, your pictues and words bring other such joy. Thank you for sharing this wonderful treasure with all of us
Sep. 5, 2012 8:22 pm
Thanks guys, glad you like them. The Maremmas really DO have unlimited patience with their charges. It's amazing to see dogs be so submissive to the livestock they are willing to die to protect. LGD's are a genre of dog all their own, and the most amazing animals I have known yet.
Sep. 5, 2012 8:26 pm
LGD's are amazing! So is your account of them. So good!
Sep. 5, 2012 9:02 pm
WONDERFUL words of wisdom Petey! We can learn so much from watching critters. I love the photo of your goat in the water trough...."Hiding from your fears...." That is so stinkin' cute!
Sep. 5, 2012 9:06 pm
And, the goat up in the tree. This morning we found one of our hens up in the grapevine, sitting on the fence eating grapes. She was reaching for her dream of getting at those ripe grapes. By the time I ran to get the camera, she flew back down into the chicken yard.
Sep. 6, 2012 5:21 am
Love the pics.
Sep. 6, 2012 6:36 am
Cider in the bucket!! And again...more material for that wonderful children's book to be written some day. Love these critter-pearls of wisdom!
Sep. 6, 2012 7:19 am
I love it! Great pics and wise words. : )
Sep. 6, 2012 8:53 am
animals are great therapy, they can so easily make you laugh!
Sep. 6, 2012 9:24 am
I am so blessed to have stumbled across your blog. You have a wonderful way of looking at life! Thank you for sharing it!
Sep. 6, 2012 9:50 am
Yep - ditto!!!
Sep. 6, 2012 1:11 pm
Great pictures, wonderful thoughts! Keep these blogs coming.
Sep. 6, 2012 6:10 pm
Love these words to live by!
Sep. 6, 2012 7:56 pm
So nice, so nice. Thank you. You are such a great read. Makes people THINK. Thank you.
Sep. 7, 2012 5:22 am
Wonderful way to start my day, enjoying those beautiful pictures and the cute captions you matched with them. We're all a little richer by your insightful posts.
Sep. 7, 2012 5:55 am
Lovely pictures and words of wisdom. Thanks Petey
Sep. 7, 2012 6:23 am
Thanks, Petey -I love the photo blog and especially the baby lambs.
Sep. 7, 2012 6:34 am
These are great! Would be wonderful posters. You could make a bundle selling your photos, Petey. This whole series would be a great little book.
Sep. 7, 2012 7:53 am
AWESOME....perfectly awesome!
Sep. 7, 2012 3:03 pm
thanks guys. GLad you like em :)
Sep. 7, 2012 6:49 pm
Well, you did it! Your first book for Littles is complete by your writing this post!! (I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats!!) :) Seriously, we should ALL read and then put into practice your pearls of wisdom. We learn so much from our animals, don't we?? Thanks again for sharing, Petey. Loved it!
Sep. 7, 2012 7:18 pm
Thanks so much!! These were all great reminders:) Very creative, as well.
Sep. 8, 2012 4:01 am
As always, a gorgeous blog. I am always struck by the beauty of your animals and the captions were wonderful. Thanks, Petey!!!!
Sep. 8, 2012 6:12 am
gawd--that was so sweet, and the pictures were heart warming (I wanted to say adorable, but heart warming was more accurate). I've only read two of your blogs, but I love the stories of the livestock and your farm/ranch life.
Sep. 8, 2012 8:57 am
thanks, grainfreegirl, maggi and nutmegNpepper. Hope you guys have a great weekend!
Sep. 8, 2012 11:24 am
Love, love, love this!! Thank you so much for sharing.
Sep. 8, 2012 4:54 pm
Thank you it put a smile on my face.
Sep. 8, 2012 6:42 pm
I just had to come back for another read. This should be a children's book!
Sep. 9, 2012 4:51 pm
THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!
Sep. 9, 2012 5:15 pm
haha! you guys are great :)
Sep. 9, 2012 6:46 pm
Petey, I live where I do, by choice... but at times I'm so envious of many of you out there, for being where you all are, and all of the wonderful things you can do! Loved the pics, and the "thoughts!" Be well! and thanks!
Sep. 10, 2012 11:11 am
Made me smile so big! Thank you for a great start to the day petey! (: (:
Sep. 11, 2012 8:32 am
Petey, As always, a beautiful (and cute) blog. We all love you funny farm!
Sep. 12, 2012 6:40 am
Another great blog Petey. Thanks for sharing with us.
Sep. 12, 2012 10:09 am
Yep, another great idea for you childrens book. I just loved the pictures and the captions were just perfect. Great words of wisdom to live by.
Sep. 12, 2012 6:40 pm
Soooo cute! Charmed life!
Sep. 17, 2012 2:15 pm
Yep...I have to "ditto" the children's book idea again! I love the picture of the Marema (I can't tell them apart like their Mama can!) with the lambs all snuggled up against him. So sweet!
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