Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Now who's out of cone-trol?

When I wrote yesterday that George and Alan were out of cone-trol, I wasn't kidding. I have hundreds of burros-with-cone pictures in my camera from the past few days because that's all they seem to do lately.



Really, how many pictures of burros with cones in their mouths can I post before you forsake me for...well, for wherever blog-readers go when they're tired of looking at burros with cones in their mouths?



But a strange thing happened Monday morning. I looked out the window while the boys were eating their breakfast to see George eating a cone instead of his hay.


I also saw no fewer than six cones, two jolly balls and one barn cat who insists on walking into every picture I take. So for those of you who asked yesterday if George and Alan had more than one cone to play with, rest assured their toy box is full.

Anyway, I kept watching, and Alan kept eating his hay, Hank kept eating his hay, and George kept gnawing on a cone. That's not right, I thought, growing more cone-cerned by the minute. Then it dawned on me.

I put down my coffee and went out to the barn. I haltered George and proceeded to examine his teeth. Sure enough, a pair of adult teeth were erupting. He'd been using the cone as a teething ring!

George was none too happy about having my fingers in his mouth, but Alan was more than willing to cooperate and show the folks at home what all the fuss is about.



George and Alan are both about three and a half years old, and each of them has a pair of adult teeth coming in. So I'm pretty sure this explains the current cone-gnawing obsession.

I happened to mention my cone theory to Bernard and Ellsworth's mom later in the day. She jokingly asked me if I was going to put their new teething ring in the freezer. I laughed. Until I started thinking about how a frozen treat might feel pretty good to a burro with sore gums.



There isn't anything I wouldn't do for my boys.

40 comments:

  1. As I read this post in the wee hours, I thought, sip on your coffee, it should be safe ... NOT!!! When I saw the cone/teething ring in the freezer I about lost it!!! What a hoot!!!

    Picture one is so adorable, but picture two is simply the best ... what a neat close-up!

    Love Deets sneaking into every shot anymore.

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  2. First...I never tire of cone pictures:) its been intriguing to watch them entertain themselves! I never would have thought of teething....way to go!

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  3. That's what you do for teething babies. I didn't realize the burritos were that young.

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  4. Linda, you have good mothering instincts. Nothing to good for your burros : )

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  5. nope, not spoiled at all ;-) when my dogs were puppies I would freeze carrots and this seemed to help the teething problems.
    signed
    Theresa in Alberta

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  6. You are a Good Burro Mom!
    But, you know...that cone is going to thaw pretty quickly, so I think you'd better move that phyllo dough and the frozen peppers to make room for a spare or two.

    PS That second picture...if seen out of context I wonder how many people would know it was two burro noses and a cone.

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  7. Question:

    If one could look in every freezer in the world,how many would contain a red traffic cone?

    Answer:

    One

    You're a true original, Linda !!!!!!

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  8. OMG, your blog entries and your pictures make my day every time, thank you so much for sharing your world with the rest of us. I love donkeys and I just love your two boys...today the cone in the freezer absolutely priceless. Made me lol.

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  9. You are such a good momma.

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  10. Thanks for the morning chuckle! Love the cone in the freezer pic. :o)

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  11. That's too funny! I love their fuzzy, wuzzy noses and never get tired of their antics. Love, love, love those boys. (So, what does the tooth fairy leave for a burro's tooth? Hmmm?)

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  12. Oh Carson. How am I not surprised? :) You are an awesome mom. Thanks for the morning guffaw. Loved Alan's teeth in the first picture and adore the second shot. I'll never get tired of your cone pictures.

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  13. How funny! I bet the gnawing feels good on those erupting teeth.

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  14. Awwwwww. They are so cute - I just these pictures. I actually laughed out loud at the traffic cone in the freezer picture! You're such a good Donk mama.

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  15. LOL - teething cones! We have not yet gotten to the third year with our little donkeys, but went through this with Cody the QH. Dear son has some of his teeth in a fancy little tooth fairy box. :)

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  16. I also never tire of Cone. Those two make me want burros or donkeys.

    As for the teething cone.....I am LMAO!! Sitting here at work and I just bursted out laughing.

    What a great way to start the day with a frozen cone.

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  17. That is hilarious!! You are a great donkey mom! Being a donkey owner myself, that brought a big smile to my face. Thanks for the post! I am going to check my donkeys teeth when I get home. :)

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  18. I love it and will never get tired of your photos!

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  19. I was wondering if they might have a motive .... other than just plain old tug-o-war .... teething, now that just shows you how smart those donkey really are!!! Much better than chewing up the barn! AND I will never get tired of your donkey/cone photos!!!

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  20. Good catch! I have to say I've grown quite fond of cute mule mouths. They're adorable with a slightly dorky appeal. And, I mean that in the best possible way.

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  21. You are an awesome mama. I never would've thought of that and I have human kids!

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  22. SWells in Oklahoma3/10/10, 9:33 AM

    Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for the laugh today.

    I'm sitting here pretending to listen in on a snoozer of a corporate conference call ... and your photos reminded me there's a larger far more entertaining world out there.

    THANKS!

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  23. I never get tired of your boys, whether they are chewing on cones, all 3 sleeping together or being stalked by Deets!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  24. You can never have too many pictures of George and Alan!! They crack me up. And, what a good mom you are for putting a cone in the freezer! Love it.

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  25. Love it! A cone in the freezer. lol :)

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  26. Ahahahahah! You rock! Although, I'm pretty sure that's something I would do too... Your boys are too funny. And your photos are great!

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  27. colleen from nc3/10/10, 10:26 AM

    You didn't.... oh yes you did:)

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  28. Awww, you're such a good mom! And no, we won't desert you if you keep posting donkey and cone photos! They are just too cute.

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  29. I LOVE the "Tales from the Cone". This made my day :)

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  30. i don't have room in my freezer for an ice cream cone much less a traffic cone...so jealous! =)

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  31. Awwww how awesome is that? Frozen cone? You are a great mom! :)

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  32. Now..if you really want to make that teething pain go bye-bye, trying dipping the cone in some Thirsty Rancher Woman Margarita. On the other hand, just give 'em the frozen cone (with chunks removed so they don't swallow them) and down the Margarita yourself. Ahhh, better now?

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  33. Awww that is so sweet!

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  34. Never, never in history has this been seen or done before. Can't stop laughing!

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  35. In my next life, I'm totally coming back as your donkey.

    :)

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  36. Mmmm.....I see green chile in there. I think my gums are sore, too. I'd like to gnaw on some green chile, please. hehe!


    ~Lisa

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  37. You could post George and Alan playing with cone pictures every day and I'd keep coming back! They are so sweet :-)

    I hope the frozen cone helps. Good idea!

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  38. Aw, you're such a good donkey mama!
    Of course you put that cone in your freezer for your babies - what concerned mom wouldn't? lol
    So, does this mean you're going to find baby donkey teeth in your paddocks? That'd be kind of cool, huh?

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  39. I'm just impressed that you can fit a cone into your freezer! No way no how in mine.

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