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Finally… we have live video (with sound) so we can keep an eye on our big girl overnight. Click here to see it, or go to the “CassidyCam” tab at the top of the page.

Scottie was pulling his hair out this afternoon, trying to make the whole thing run on an old PC desktop he had sitting around. Something went screwy with it, so he decided to just use his laptop instead. He has it with him during the day, using the wireless card to stay online while out on the road. So each night after he’s done petsitting, he’ll bring it to the barn and hook it up to the camera. I doubt he’ll have to worry about it for long… I really think she’s going to have the baby any day now. But we’ll have the camera running every night until it happens.

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Gimme Shelter

We spent the weekend getting Cassidy’s condo set up in the pasture.  My man came through for me – as usual. Scottie ventured to the barn Saturday morning after his pet sitting rounds and began getting the thing put together. Eva the cowdog was on hand to supervise. We finished it up on Sunday by moving it into the pasture (should have put it together in there!) and getting it on it’s legs. Used the straps for tying it down to the fence and it’s fairly secure. We weren’t sure if Cassidy was going to be afraid of it or not, but she loves it! It may have gotten up just in time. This morning our big girl is showing some different behaviors and her bag is fuller. Maybe this baby is going to make his/her appearance soon!

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This was taken the first week of March. When Dr. Cichra first palpated Cassidy she couldn’t feel a baby – we weren’t sure if she was pregnant or not. Part of me was hoping she was and part was hoping she wasn’t. The next day she brought the ultrasound machine and as soon as she placed it in her, there she/he was! It looked like a bunch of squiggly lines to me but she said the photo is of the baby’s heartbeat. She also saw an eyeball but couldn’t determine the sex. I’m sort of hoping for a boy, but as long as it’s healthy and Cassidy is safe nothing else will matter.

I spoke with another Fjord owner today! She lives in a neighboring town, about 20 minutes away. She will be very helpful and has offered to clip her mane if that’s what I decide to do. Her first Fjord mare was also a rescue. She’s had them for 5 years now. I’m hoping she comes to meet her this weekend. She did warn me that the Fjordgirls don’t like to show signs of impending labor like other horses do. This baby could very well sneak up on us.

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I sure do love my husband. After a few attempts at getting a camera set up so we can keep an eye on our girl, Scottie has finally figured out what he needs to make it work. I have no clue when it comes to tech stuff, but the big problem was we couldn’t get an internet signal out to the stall. So he’s going to use his Sprint broadband card (whatever that is) to make it happen. He ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon tonight, including a fancy webcam that’s supposed to work well in low-light conditions. I hope it can see horses in the middle of the night! I really hope we can be there when she has the baby.

Oh, and Scottie has officially named this thing the CassidyCam. Stay tuned for info on how you can watch it.

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