Read stories about the animals, people and happenings on the Ranch.

More Than Instincts Alone

If you visit Dictionary.com and type in the word “instincts” the first definition that comes up is “an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.”  If what Dunrovin and many other osprey web cam watchers has been learning recently about osprey behavior, we may have been attributing way too much wildlife…

2016: Equine Art Extravaganza – An Idea Takes Shape

The Missoulian reporter dutifully noted Missoula artist Scott Miller’s comments about how his canvass sometimes twitched as he painted. Scott wasn’t prepared for the vastness of the canvass or for Lady Lonza’s twitching as he applied his paints to her sometimes sensitive body. It was his first ever horse painting. Scott is partnering with Dunrovin Ranch to experiment with painting…

2016: Animal Wellness Week

Dunrovin Ranch morning feeding Happily, man’s relationship with animals continues to evolve. We have come a long, long way from our primitive need to categorize all animals as predator or prey or to think of them only in terms of food and labor. Increasingly we see the lines between us and them dissolve as we recognize them…

Midnight Camera Caress

A sleeping animal naturally invokes feelings of tenderness. We rarely see unknown or wild animals sleeping. Our house pets and pasture friends know us to be allies that would do them no harm, thus allowing us to this intimacy. But our mere presence stirs wild animals to alertness and prevents them from the total relaxation required to…

The Magic of Mason Bees

Each year Montana Public Radio hosts a fund raising event to help finance their programs. They cajole their listeners into donating money to support their favorite radio shows and they offer what they call premiums for making donations at certain levels. These premiums are gifts that local listeners contribute and are, more often than not, eclectic,…

2015: Harriet’s Hectic Summer

While the lack of chicks at the Dunrovin osprey nest has meant a significant decline in the level of action and entertainment that we have all come to expect from our web camera, this summer’s activities have been most interesting from the  perspective of osprey behavior. Before web cameras, scientists had little to go on…

Killer Kola

Killer Kola I have always had a very strong preference for medium to large sized dogs. They just seem to fit into my life style better. Whenever I would run into a small yapping, heel chasing dog, I would just smile to myself and be very thankful for the more civilized large dogs that share my…

September 2016: Master Horseman – Brandon Carpenter

Brandon Carpenter is a family man; and he defines family in a big way. His wife and two sons, his late father and his mother with her new husband, and his siblings top the list, of course. But his family reach does not stop there. Rather it encircles the animals under his care, his neighbors,…

2015: Zoopharmacognosy: Equines

As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. During our Google Hang Out discussion  with Michelle Coburn about our equine zoophamacognosy experiments to be conducted at Dunrovin, we found the truth behind that saying. Our D@D community members listened to the discussions and brought up a number of very good suggestions and concerns.…

Winter Mystery Along the Bitterroot

January 12, 2015: THE MYSTERY BEGINS Every morning my canine crew insists that I take them on a long walk along the Bitterroot River. Jewel is relentless in her demands for me to throw the ball, Kola is ever alert for any creature stirring that he might be able to chase, and I try to do my…

Divas Dreaming of the BIG APPLE

Mary B, one of our DaysAtDunrovin community members from New York City, made the mistake of altering us to the fact that the New York City Ballet was holding auditions for the part of a donkey for one of their upcoming performances. An article appearing in the March 10th edition of the New Yorker explained…

Kestrel Eating Cottonwood Bark

Ever since Dunrovin played a minor role in a Zoopharmacognosy Workshop that occurred in Lolo in the spring of 2014, we have been increasingly aware of the medicinal use of plants by both animals and humans. In fact, we have been in conversations with Michelle Coburn, a student of applied zoopharmacognosy from Anchorage, Alaska, about working…

More Than Instincts Alone

By SuzAnne Miller | February 15, 2017

If you visit Dictionary.com and type in the word “instincts” the first definition that comes up is “an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.”  If what Dunrovin and many other osprey web cam watchers has been learning recently about osprey behavior, we may have been attributing way too much wildlife…

The Magic of Mason Bees

By SuzAnne Miller | May 1, 2016

Each year Montana Public Radio hosts a fund raising event to help finance their programs. They cajole their listeners into donating money to support their favorite radio shows and they offer what they call premiums for making donations at certain levels. These premiums are gifts that local listeners contribute and are, more often than not, eclectic,…

Light on an April Morn.

By SuzAnne Miller | April 6, 2016

It has become my habit to carry my little Lumix “point and shoot” camera with me whenever I go for a walk-about or for a horseback ride. The camera sits in my vest front pocket until needed, yet it also secured around my neck with a soft lanyard to prevent me from dropping it as I…

Horse Shoeing

By DunrovinSuzAnne | April 1, 2016

Long toes and under-run heels lead to deterioration of the hoof, and compromise the internal structure. “No foot, no horse,” is what they all say, and what they all say is all too true. Taking care of your horse’s hoof health is of the utmost importance, and could be argued as one of the most…

Points of View

By SuzAnne Miller | March 16, 2016

Dunrovin had no idea what to expect when it arranged for its first ever artist in residence during the winter of 2016. Our intentions were simple. We wanted to break up the winter with some frivolity, to distract ourselves with something surprising and, hopefully. a little eccentric. We wanted to engage our www.DaysAtDunrovin.com cyber community members…

Halloween DIVA-Style

By SuzAnne Miller | November 12, 2015

When the stage is your life, is there any better holiday than Halloween? Not according to Miss Gertie. Parties, costumes, friends and treats – that’s her bag if anything is! Miss Maude is a little more hesitant. Oh yes, she likes the festive atmosphere too, but skeleton horses? Devilish riders? It can all be a…

A Star is Born – Smokey Makes His Movie Debut

By SuzAnne Miller | October 25, 2015

Sucker must be permanently branded on my brow. Never can I turn down a charming person telling me an engaging story. This inability to say no has proven to be one of my best traits – it has consistently led me down more interesting paths than I could ever image. One such path led me…

Killer Kola

By SuzAnne Miller | September 17, 2015

Killer Kola I have always had a very strong preference for medium to large sized dogs. They just seem to fit into my life style better. Whenever I would run into a small yapping, heel chasing dog, I would just smile to myself and be very thankful for the more civilized large dogs that share my…

Miss Maude – A DIVA in Distress

By SuzAnne Miller | July 15, 2015

Oh Dear! What is a DIVA to do? Just as the summer celebrity season arrives, Miss Maude must contend with a fungus on her face.  Mr. Donkey Doctor made a thorough exam and said that her face must be shaved of her beautiful (OK, maybe a little shaggy – but beautiful, nonetheless) fur and that…

Mower Avian Massacre Averted

By SuzAnne Miller | July 1, 2015

Quick thinking and quick reactions on the part of Dunrovin Ranch Handy Man Extraordinaire, Dave Onsum, saved the lives of five little Cedar Waxwings this morning (July 16, 2015). While mowing the lawn, Dave noticed some fluttering and immediately stopped the mower to investigate. Had he not been paying attention, the clutch would surely have…

2015: Rain Drops on Feathers

By SuzAnne Miller | June 6, 2015

This spring has been such a strange and challenging one for our beloved Harriet – returning for the first time without her long time mate, Ozzie. Harriet is a widow with real estate and the word got out. It has been a total circus of potential male suitors charging the door, each with his own…

2015: A Bittersweet Reunion with Ozzie

By SuzAnne Miller | February 28, 2015

How bittersweet! Such an emotional mixture: the sadness of losing Ozzie combined with the joy of knowing that he will serve as an osprey ambassador for many years to come. My heart and my eyes wept to see Ozzie standing silently on his artificial perch with a glass eye and a plastic beak. Yet my…