We were anxiously awaiting daybreak to see if the much talked about storm would be here to crush the chance for Honey Bandit to be present for his day at "Tractor Supply". We heard over and over how much snow we were going to get, which would have made it impossible to get HB safely down the hill.
But I prayed and prayed, and we woke up to beautifully crisp (about 9 degrees) weather with blue skies and no snow!
I first met Tom, the manager of the Tractor Supply in Redding when I was trying to find the "magic" that was missing in Honey Bandit's diet, as we could not seem to get any weight on him. Tom was kind enough to let me know about "Amplify". He had used it when he rescued a starving mare and said it worked wonderfully. We also discussed our "Winter Warm and Dry" project and he was kind enough to invite us to spend the day in front of his store, selling the planet's best hot dogs and raising funds for the rescue. I kid you not when I say they are the planet's best hot dogs. I don't particularly care for hot dogs, but these are exceptional. (As Tom said, you sell the best and you will keep 'em coming back for more. Tractor Supply is known for having the best hot dogs, and as I found out, it's true.)
So we spent a wonderful day having a bbq and visiting with all the wonderful folks who stopped by to enjoy time with Honey Bandit and DaBubbles. I have to admit that Honey Bandit did pout quite a bit, as we had been taking DaBubbles out frequently for all the little ones to pet and love on. HB was not impressed with sharing the spotlight, but all in all, both horses enjoyed all the loves they got.
I want to say thank you to all the folks that shared our bbq and made their donations. At the end of the day, we were able to bring home two large buckets of supplement as well as the wonderful donations of food and goodies for the horses that we were blessed with.
It was a wonderful day, and although the clouds began looming in the background, the weather held. On the way home we had to stop and try and work on the lights on the truck and trailer. (Ya gotta have some excitement - right). We got 'em patched up as best we could and headed up the hill. We just made it to the top of the hill and right as we hit Shingletown, the snow began. It swirled around, not really sticking, and we were so grateful to have made it safely home. Not ten minutes after we unloaded the horses, the ground was white and covered with snow. Talk about a blessed day. Home safe and sound after a wonderful day and let the snow begin.
Thank you to all who shared it and thank you Tom and Janice for making this possible. Everyone at Tractor Supply was awesome and we had such a great day. God Bless ya'll!
Palomino and the Gang!