When people see our terriers running around like mad here at the ranch, they often say, “What a heaven for terriers.” Well, sometimes. But believe me, there are still some things in this bucolic wilderness that can drive a self-respecting terrier to the point of gnawing off his own leg. First of all, people tend to cook great stuff up here. Like this pork tenderloin from local free-range, sustainably raised pigs, served on a bed of local organic leeks,with roast local Yukon Gold potatoes and fresh green beans.
Then this morning, there was a horrible cacophony of squawking and fluttering, followed by a frenzy of terrier barking. Turns out one of our local Turkey Vultures had landed up on the barn roof too close to the barn swallow nests.
But before you think terriers and swallows have entered an alliance here at Two Terrier Vineyards, there’s an issue that still needs working out. The Rufous Crowned Sparrows have built a nest in the cow skull we’ve hung on the side of the barn.
What’s really annoying is that the Bobcats are now taking a cue from the foxes and doing large and disrespectful poos right in Terrier Territory.