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Goodbye, sweet boy…

When I posted the photo of the Friesian the other day, I know I said that Jimmy Jr. (aka Coco) had looked well on Sunday. He came right up to the fence to us that day, happily enjoyed us petting him and loved the apples we fed him. But yesterday morning, I returned his owner Allison’s call to hear her in tears. She hadn’t been able to get him up. It took an hour, but Jimmy was clearly in pain (his hind legs were so weak). Sasha and I went up to the barn and walked with Allison out to the field to field with apples and tiny blossoms that Sasha wanted to put in Jimmy’s bangs (ad she did). I knew the vet was coming this morning, but on the way to take the kids to school, we saw Jimmy in the front pasture as usual… eating grass while enjoying the sun. I wanted to stop to say hi & take his picture maybe one last time, but we were running late. 15 minutes later on the way back, he wasn’t there. My heart sank, and when Sasha sadly asked, “Where’s Toto?” the tears came. Allison just called to share that he went peacefully with his head in her lap. So goodbye sweet old boy… you will be missed by many…

Sasha & “Toto”

Sasha loves “Toto” (Jimmy) so much… she was so excited to bring him some carrots… here she is walking toward him as he was getting up to greet us. Of course I then dropped the camera to go make sure she didn’t get too close without me… he can only really see shadows at this point. Anyway, this photo means a lot to me. I love that she loves him so much. We went to see him yesterday & again today, but he (hopefully) is up in his barn. Of course I can’t help but worry… It’s a beautiful sunny day, so we’ll look for him again this afternoon.

Oliver the Barn Cat

Meet Oliver… one of the barn cats up at Coco’s (Jimmy’s) barn. He’s such a lover… really a sweet sweet boy… so affectionate and friendly. It’s hard to get a photo of him because he’s always walking toward me (purring all the while). I love this one I was able to get though… doesn’t the light coming through the barn doors look like a cross? Such a special place…. I heard from a reader that this type of tabby with the M marking on his head is a very special type of kitty… the breed that is said to have been in the manger when baby Jesus was born. The “M” is supposed to stand for Mary…. I love that. (p.s. visited w/ Coco for a long while today!! More on that later) {processing is Classic Rich + Blue Ginger + Sable} ?

Jimmy Jr (Coco) in Trisha Yearwood’s “Trying to Love You” video

Just got off the phone with Jimmy Jr./Coco’s owner Allison. She was so touched to see all of the love and sweet comments about her sweet horse. She also shared with me that he appeared in a Trisha Yearwood music video galloping with some other horses… I cried as I watched it b/c I recognized him right away and had never seen him run before… beautiful video & song but special b/c of him. If you go here to her page, she just posted about it and you can watch him in the video. (Thanks Allison… for everything! We all love your Jimmy Jr.!)

Sweet Jimmy

Update on Coco (Jimmy Jr.): First I want to thank everyone again for the sweet words and beautiful stories on the photo & story I shared yesterday…. I cried reading all of them. When it stopped raining yesterday, we headed over to check on him, feed him carrots & to hopefully capture a shot of him “standing tall” as many suggested. When we got there, he was laying down way up on the hill. Of course I worried again, so I called his owner and got permission to hop the fence. He had been napping and was happy to see us and sat up to greet us. I got a cute picture of Sasha walking toward him w/ a carrot (I’ll post it later)… After visiting with him and feeding him carrots, we went to leave and he stood right up and started following us! It was then that I got this shot… I love that his barn was behind him, and he looks so handsome. Going to visit him again today… And already have plans for spring, we are going to make him a wreath of blossoms… precious old boy…

Old Jimmy Jr. (aka Coco)

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My heart broke a little yesterday… Since moving to TN in August, we have driven past this ranch every day on our way to and from home. While there are several horses, this old guy is always in the front & most visible. Day one, my kids named him Coco (although we’ve since learned his real name is Jimmy Jr.) Sasha calls him “ToTo” and loves him dearly. We’ve visited him (& the other horses, barn cats etc.) and fed him apples and carrots. Sasha cries for him if he’s in the barn and she can’t see him when we drive by. Anyway, yesterday I drove by and noticed he was sitting like this…. I’d never seen a horse sit like this before, so I thought I’d get a photo for Sasha. A few minutes later, his back legs started shaking, and he fell over into a lying position. He is very old, and I know most horses do not live to be 33 yrs old like he is. Crying, I ran up to the barn but couldn’t find anyone. Later I called his owner & luckily he did get back up. She said with a teary voice that she hopes he’ll live to enjoy one more summer up on his hill. Project 24 week 3 theme is “Mood or Emotion”…  {Photoshop actions used: Florabella Classic Color + Blue Ginger + Sable}