Just One More Day…

FD feeding and tossing apple snacks!

In just a little while, FD and I will make our last run to the deer pen with the evening apple snack.  Since early in July, we have practiced this ritual around 5:30 each evening.  Initially, it was Daisy’s evening bottle but, after weaning, it became apple chunks.  It was always a special time of bonding with Daisy deer.  I suppose it could be considered similar to the time one might spend tucking their children into bed at night.

Daisy enjoying some attention with FD scratching her ears and face.

When injured Holly deer arrived, Daisy took to Holly’s ways of sleeping outside all of the time.  She no longer went into the barn except, I guess, for an occasional visit to see if anything interesting (like something to eat) might be in there.  At around 9:00 at night we always let our 3 Japanese Chin out for the last time to do their “duty” and somewhere along the way, with the deer now resting outside at this time, FD began a habit of taking fresh cranberries out to Daisy for a late night snack.  With me on predator patrol looking out for the dogs, FD squatted at the deer pen, flashlight in one hand, feeding Daisy cranberries through the fence with the other.  This was something to see – and hear.  Daisy would nibble those cranberries so very delicately from FD’s fingers, and then proceed to loudly smack them down like luscious, mouth-watering candy.  I wish there had been a way to photograph the two of them out there in the light of the flashlight together, having a late night snack.

Anticipating deer pellets for breakfast!

Tonight, as the sun sets and Daisy is crunching her apple snacks, I will be sure to tell her how grand tomorrow will be.  I will tell her to take care of Holly, but to also learn some of Holly’s wilder ways.  I will instruct her to stay away from the nearby roads but, if she must cross, to be sure to look both ways.  I will remind her to not trust strange humans, but to be courteous and polite when trying to join a deer herd. I will tell her that it is acceptable after one has joined a circle of friends to be a little more straight forward, but one should always be congenial at the start.  These lectures have been carried on by parents for centuries, you know. And what kind of mother would I be to deprive Daisy of the “It’s a big world out there…” talk that all grown children get when they are ready to venture out on their own?

So, at precisely 9:00 tonight we shall let the dogs out and FD will make his last, silly cranberry run to the deer pen. Daisy will come to the fence to smack them down, and  another windy Oklahoma night will pass. And the morning will bring a bright, exciting new day full of adventure for our girls.

Always the curious one, Daisy deer.

I wonder, though, that tomorrow night might not be so different, if Daisy and Holly decide not to stray too far.  Just in case, I will have apples and cranberries on hand, should we have a couple hungry lurkers at the front door!

© Day by Day the Farm Girl Way…


30 thoughts on “Just One More Day…

  1. I knew this day was approaching for you all. Hope you will be ok Lori and that your dear deer friends will love their new life and come for a visit from time to time.

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    1. Thank you so much. I will worry… you know that! However, I will no longer watch them pace along the fence, looking for freedom. They are both ready. I trust the universe will take care of them, and that they will fare well. Thanks for thinking of us!

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    1. Thanks MJ! I think the hard part will be at night for me. I know deer do best at night… but I think like a human and I worry about them out there in the dark. I think too, that they will hang around for a while. We did let Daisy out of her pen for a couple of days two months ago, penning her up at night. She wanted in the house and climbed 4 steps to the front porch! FD had to build a ramp during an OU football game so she could get back down! The ramp is still there, just in case! I won’t be surprised if I have a knocker at the front door every now and then!

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  2. I can’t say how much I admire you and FD for the love and care you’ve given so many needy creatures. I’ve enjoyed your posts about Daisy and hope that we will hear more of her. I do hope she visits from time to time! I know that you are brave indeed to face nudging them from the “nest” and out into the world with such respect for their wild nature and their need to be free. I will join with you in trusting the Universe to look after them!

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    1. Oh, thank you so very much for your kind words! I will be posting about Daisy and Holly, you can be sure. A good friend reminded me that this is but the next chapter of a wonderful story! I appreciate your faith that the Universe will provide and protect. It means so much, my friend!

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  3. I am sad and happy at the same time. Yes, they will be on another new journey and hopefully she will stop by many times in her life and maybe even bring her new family some day to meet you. I hope you can get some wonderful photos and always have the camera ready for when she comes back to say hello. What a wonderful thing you have done for Daisy and Holly and how brave you are knowing that this day would be here. My prayers are with you all for a successful day tomorrow for the beginning of their new life.

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    1. Thank you Charla. You have been with me from the beginning of this endeavor. I can’t tell you how very much I appreciate your support and kind words. Life is often about taking brave and uncertain steps… being involved with Japanese Chin rescue is another labor of love that can be difficult at times, but oh, so rewarding! I am so glad to call you friend. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement!

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  4. Oh, my! I am tearing up now. My fawn that I raised for a short time went off to join another family of his own. I so identify with the words that you speak of sharing with Daisy. I will hope that they don’t go far and that they visit often!!!

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    1. Thanks Tisha. I too, hope we will see her often. They are such sweet creatures, it’s hard not to worry about them! I hope your little fawn is doing well and has joined a local herd. Thank you for your kind words… they mean so much to me!

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    1. I appreciate your kind words Lynda. It has been an emotional day today. I started out brave and elated for the deer as they ran into the woods. But as the day progressed, and I saw no sign of them returning, I grew a little sad. Maybe they are simply kicking up their heels and exploring! I hope to see them maybe later in the week!

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  5. Oh I’ve thought about you several times, so I’m glad I found you again and just in time for the “Back to Nature” goodbye.
    Growing up in Oklahoma, we too had so many wild babies that my Dad insisted we release…because that was their home, he’d tell us. We cried. Sometimes we’d see them again, but often they’d blend into a life of their own. I wish you all the blessing your heart can hold. Best wishes.

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    1. Thanks so much Barb! It’s difficult when we release any of our orphans or injured. Daisy was a little more of a commitment and the bond was much stronger. The release went well this morning, and they ran off together. I sure do miss them tonight. Hopefully, they’ll return in a day or two after they’ve spent a little time frolicking and exploring!

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  6. I can just imagine Daisy out there leading the other deer to cranberry bushes and smacking with glee. Wonderful to read about you on “predator patrol” protecting your three small doggies.

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    1. I wish we had some cranberry bushes here!! I’d be out there smacking with delight too! Unfortunately, we had to buy most all of our fruit and berries this year for feeding Daisy and Holly. The late freezes in the spring and then a drought this summer did not lend to much of a crop. I always teased Daisy that the little bucks would love her! She is so robust that the bucks would think she must know where all of the good food is!

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  7. I would say something really witty and inspirational to help you right now but it’s kind of hard to type through the tears. God Bless you, FD, Holly and Daisy Deer. Maybe before too terribly long, Daisy will be passing this knowledge along to her daughter.

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    1. Tears? I’m a blubbering mess today, but I tell you I started out with great courage and determination! As we opened the gate and the girls took off, I was elated and happy for them. No more pacing back and forth in that pen! But as evening approached and I had not sighted them all day, the tears began to spill. I know they are probably busy exploring and just being deer, but I miss them. Thank you for being such a good friend.

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    1. Thank you and I hope you are right!! I am keeping plenty of snacks on hand just in case! Mom’s always have some special snack sitting around, you know. I put fresh water and feed at the wildlife feeding station just below the slope out back. There’s fresh alfalfa down there too! And plenty of corn in the deer feeder! Do you think I might be trying a little too hard to get the kids to come home for a visit?

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    1. Thank you Amanda!! I appreciate the link information, and the nomination! One of these days when I’m not out chasing deer, I’ll catch up with blogging and email. It means so much that you enjoy Daisy’s story. I’m sure there will be more to come in the new chapter of her life!

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    1. I’m such a worrywart Hook, that I’m not sure the world needs more of those!! Thank you though… and from the looks of my comments, there are many friends of the critters out there!

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