1 Here is my beautiful Bartok, with his striking blue eyes.
2 Empress Tang looks very comfortable and content indoors. I have towels on all my cats' favorite resting spots, so my furniture remains protected and clean.
3 What do you think Empress Tang is saying? "Go away," or "make sure to take my best side" - she is very photogenic.
4 Tang's sister, Princess Peony, loves to nap in her own bed - she didn't look too excited about being photographed on this day.
5 And, here's Sharkey. She just came in after her morning walk.
6 Both Francesca and Sharkey are waiting patiently for their dinner in this photo - the cold winter certainly hasn't robbed them of their appetites.
7 When I'm at work, or traveling, Francesca and Sharkey often spend time with my staff at the farm. Here they are, next to and under Susan's desk in the stable office.
8 Even on the coldest of days, my canaries still sing constantly! Look how vibrant and healthy they are.
9 The red factor canary is a very popular variety, mostly because of its colorful plumage. It is also a very hardy and active bird.
10 This perched canary looks to be resting, but on the right, you can see the tail feathers of a mother canary in the nest sitting on and protecting her eggs.
11 These birds look so beautiful in the natural sunlight.
12 Clive, Rufus and Billie don't seem to mind the snow at all.
13 Rinze is always ready for visitors.
14 Meindert is taking a break after his time out in the paddock.
15 The peacocks are growing nicely - you can really see the beautiful teal green in their feathers. The snow has kept them indoors quite a bit, but they are warm and safe in their peacock palace.
16 Here they are venturing out into their well-covered and protected enclosure.
17 As peacocks mature, their elaborate iridescent coloration becomes more and more prominent. The teal around this peacock's neck is beginning to shimmer just a bit.
18 This peacock looks so stoic - I wonder what he is looking at...
19 The outing was quite brief, but when temperatures are this cold, I certainly don't blame them.
20 The chickens love to be outside - they're active and full of curiosity, especially around feeding time.
21 These are my Pomeranian geese - full grown, each weighs about 15-pounds. Here, they're waiting eagerly for their food.
22 And here he is... Kublai Khan, aka K.K., the new Chow Chow puppy. He's about 10-weeks old now, and growing fast. He came for a short visit, and everyone on the farm adores him already!
23 K.K. is a very handsome puppy. He is square, compactly built and with good bone, just as the breed's standard dictates.
24 K.K. is G.K.'s son. The two got along right away. Here they are in my courtyard enjoying some fresh air.
25 G.K. and K.K. are both red Chow Chows, but as you can see here, the puppy looks to be more mousy brown in color. This is typical for red Chows. As K.K. matures, his coat will become more similar to his sire's.
26 G.K. is so gentle with K.K. It was good to see them interact so nicely.
27 G.K. let his son walk all over him during this play session, but when it was appropriate, G.K. also corrected him properly. Puppies learn a lot from well-tempered adult dogs. Socialization is key during this young age.
28 I hope K.K. grows up to be as gorgeous and as wonderful as my G.K.