Yesterday's surprise was even more shocking than usual. Oh, I am used to her coming home with a homeless dog or cat, even a parrot or a ferret, but yesterday at first sort of floored me. My Dr. Doolittle brought home a precious little Shetland pony, the one shown in the adjacent picture. Never would I have expected this; after we already have seven horses to feed and with the economy the way it is sometimes I worry about coming up short.
This all changed, however, when this stocky and determined youngster (he's about two) backed out of the trailer. He was as cute as can be and smart. Looking him over and laughing at his spunk and energy around our Great Dane, how could I say no? And my wife knew what the outcome would be before it happened.
She really insured her success when she told me I could name him, so I went inside to the computer to search the internet for the appropriate Scottish boy name. Since my family background is all British, 50% Scottish and 50% English, I already had a name in mind but I wanted to look up its origin to make sure it was appropriate.
The name I wanted to pick out was Angus, so I perused a listing of British names. Angus means strong and excellent, a perfect name for this little man. So we now have as a new family addition Angus, a Scotspony through and through.
With a heritage from the Shetland Islands, north of mainland Scotland where the Atlantic and the North Sea meet, Angus comes with extremely thick fur. Right now his fur is only about an inch long but it is so thick you can hardly push your finger through to the hide. As winter approaches, however, he will begin to look like a woolly mammoth.
We are truly blessed to have this cute little pony join us on the Ark and we will look forward to lots of fun and love with him.
Angus the little Shetland pony: Another wonderful gift from God. What a way to start the Sabbath, checking on our new pony. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to enjoy so many of Thy wonderful creatures.
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