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Knowledge of Literature: Nil

Sometimes, I think Marty is a lot like Sherlock Holmes: brilliant, disinterested in the mundane, easily bored and only ever a hair’s breadth from being the greatest criminal mastermind of all time. I like Sherlock Holmes (a lot … you … Continue reading

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A positive-negative entry!

I have been extremely lax about writing here; I had planned to do a big, New Year post to sum up what we’d done and where we were going, but I constantly found myself staring at a blank page and trying … Continue reading

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The pink halter

While we were in America, I bought Marty a brand new, hot pink halter. I had hoped to find another rainbow to replace his current one, which has faded, but as this was not forthcoming I thought that hot pink was … Continue reading

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A catching journal, or: a list of things the mule doesn’t like

We’re nearing the end of August and autumn is definitely in the air. The morning’s are feeling colder and the evenings a little darker. Marty started growing his winter coat about a fortnight ago, which makes me wonder if we’re in for a … Continue reading

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The Brave and Rebellious Mule

Marty’s third week at mule school began with some rebellion. This was to be expected, and although it was disappointing to see him say a very loud “NO!” to things that he had been doing easily for the past fortnight, … Continue reading

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Mule wrangling

On Friday, I was able to halter and unhalter the mule within five minutes. He snorted and backed off when I initially tried to bring the halter over his neck, but he didn’t run; and after a murmured word and … Continue reading

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Marty McForgottenEverything

As far as I can tell, the mule spends his time gently oscillating along the spectrum between feral and tame. He can be domesticated for weeks, sometimes months at a time, and I start to feel like we’re making progress; … Continue reading

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He’s lucky he’s cute…

Long time no post! I had a couple of bad days with the mule that resulted in me seriously questioning whether or not I wanted to persist with this. There was a lot of soul searching and wondering whether he … Continue reading

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The glass is half-empty, and so is my halter

So, I’ve had an interesting few days with Marty since Monica’s visit. On Friday, the day after, I went out to the field with rope in hand and the intention of getting to a place where he would allow me … Continue reading

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A smaller field and a lot of determination

Sometimes, I think the mule has bad dreams in which I’m terribly cruel and abusive to him and, when he wakes, he can’t quite figure out fact from fiction. A little like when you dream that your significant other has … Continue reading

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