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Blankie's Story

Updated on May 16, 2014

It was a tale that just HAD to be told...

Shadow is by far the biggest and most eclectic equine personality at Epic Farms. Sometimes funny, sometimes fragile, and always entertaining; we just never know what we're going to get from day to day. If you look carefully, you'll notice that the very first photo [page 1] is the picture perfect pose I used to turn our little Drama Mama into a cartoon mascot.

The day the majority of the pictures used in the story were taken, it was fairly cold and Shadow had colicked. It was early in the morning, and I had given him his shot and laid an old yellow blanket (donated by a neighbor) over him while we waited for the shot to take effect. For whatever reason, he became instantaneously attached to his new found "friend" and ended up providing us with the morning's entertainment (and considerably more since then).

I am definitely not a professional writer, but the moment I saw the photos from that day the story just seemed to take shape inside my head. You don't have to know anything about horses to read it, although it may be funnier if you do. Note: I have a very dry and somewhat sarcastic sense of humor (with periodic bouts of flakiness thrown in for good measure), so please keep that in mind while reading the tale of....

This is our hero, Shadow (BooBoo). A mild-mannered people washer and treat vacuum by day and a heroic crime fighter by night (until his bedtime, that is).

It was a day like any other in the pasture that fateful Saturday. As Shadow donned his official crimefighting blankie for his late afternoon RPMs [Round Pen Meanderings] he was approached by a couple of strangers...

Identifying themselves as FBI [Federal Blanket Inspectors] Agents #MM942 and #C197, they asked to see the blanket in order to verify its fittability [an industry term] in accordance with Section 3, Paragraph 9, Article 4 of the Protection Under Real Emergencies for Blanket Security Act [or P.U.R.E. B.S.].

Shadow watched nervously as his beloved blankie was laid out for inspection. Just then, a third stranger appeared. Identifying himself as Supervisor #C222, he began issuing a verbal rundown of the inspection protocol according to FBI regulations.

Suddenly, with the help of an unidentified biped, Inspector #MM942 tossed Blankie onto the back of Inspector #C197. Without warning, the pair abruptly turned tail.

Confused by what seemed to be an obvious breach of procedure, Shadow tentatively approached the inspectors to request an explanation.

In a flash, the treacherous trio absconded with their ill-gotten blankie; Shadow in hot pursuit. Tragically, our hero tripped over a ginormous [REALLY big] blade of grass, thereby losing his quarry.

Our hero was left standing; bewildered, bamboozled, and suffering from severe separation anxiety.

Determined to find his beloved Blankie, our hero begins his quest by interviewing area residents in the hope he would develop a clue...

On and on Shadow traveled hundreds of feet in a desperate attempt to find out what dastardly despots could have perpetrated this terrible crime.

Completely clueless and exhausted, Shadow poured out his woes to his person before checking her pockets for a treat [hey, crimefighting is really hard work you know...a guy can get pretty hungry!]

Enraged at having been duped by such common [no papers] criminals, Shadow decided to stake out the round pen in hopes that one [or all] of those no good thieving miscreants would return to the scene of the crime.

As the pungent aroma of worm paste permeated the air, Shadow turned in search of its source. To his shock, he saw the biggest perpetrator of the pillage sporting a very familiar looking blankie...

Casually, Shadow approached his target and nonchalantly asked for directions to the nearest hay pile.

At the opportune moment, our hero lunged at the blanket napper and with split-second timing flung Blankie to safety before successfully capturing the fleeing felon.

Note To Readers:

Shadow really did rip the blanket off of Champ (and chase him away as seen above). Unfortunately, yours truly was laughing so hard I missed the spectacular shot of an airborne blankie... Oh, my.

So, what did you think of Blankie's tale? - (Other than I shouldn't quit my day job, that is :o)

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Always love a good true crime tale. That was a fun romp.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      mmhgrty 5 years ago

      Brilliant, love animals. They're so much better at sharing than we are! mmhgrty x

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      adarlie 5 years ago

      So funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      I've lensrolled and featured you on my horse party ideas and horse theme bedroom decorating lenses. And, posted it on my facebook page. Sharing the fun! :-)

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Loved it! So funny! I'll be sharing it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Absolutely adorable and enchanting! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Just wandering back in to check on my baby boy and to sprinkle a little pixie dust around :) ~Blessed by a Squid Angel~

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      strayspay 8 years ago

      Fantastic story! Five Stars.

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      ulla_hennig 8 years ago

      Love the story and the photos!

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful. This would be a lovely storybook! Congrats on your Purple Star and Giant Squid Awards Nomination. :)

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      Great photos! Love the story. Glad Shadow got his blankie back. Tell him he looks like a big wuss!

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This is so funny. Thanks for the cheer.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      LOL Love it! Congratulations on the 2009 Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      OMG! What a wonderful story and lens! I love it!

      Congratulations on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards nomination - wish you the best of luck!


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      schraderj23 8 years ago

      what a great lens. 5* for sure!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations on becoming a Giant Squid!

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      Edit Photos 8 years ago from Earth

      What a fun and enjoyable lens! 6 star blessing!

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      Allan R. Wallace 8 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Wonderful, I love it when a caped crusader wins the day.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Yippee! Congratulations on that beautiful purple star!

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      [in reply to rms] Oh, thank you RMS!! I am super excited! :oD

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      congratulations new Giant!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      This is genius! It made my day. Thanks.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Delightful Story!! 5*

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Charming story - and BooBoo must have one heck of a personality (or is that horse-ality?)

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      That was so much fun! What a creative, unique lens. Excellent.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Awesome lens! Rascal The Cats loves horse humor. 5* and I've lensrolled and featured it on my Joking Horse Publishing Inc lens. With love, Darcie

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      An absolute delight!

      Take care


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Brilliant! And Blessed by a horse loving Angel!

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      Karen Kay 8 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Love it!

      What a great lens - cute story! I want to meet Booboo!

      Thanks Jen!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      What a story! :-) Whoa...blessed by a SquidAngel to boot!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Lol! I was glad to see that all was well in the end and Shadow got Blankie back!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Absolutely clever and a great read with my coffee on this Sunday morning!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      :) Great lens. blessed.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Absolutely delightful read and great photos! I am so happy that Shadow retrieved the blanket! Blessed by a grinning SquidAngel!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Jen, this may be the most creative lens that I have ever seen. This is fantastic! Love it!

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      this was great! Holley pointed me this way with her new blog, it's great!

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      meglittlestudio 8 years ago

      I love Shadow - he is so handsome! Every shot tells of his wonderful personality and studliness. I am so happy he got his blankie back :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      GREAT lens. Thanks!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I heard on the news about those blankety blank Blankie Bandits and knew my hero, Shadow, would catch them! I have a blankie missing too, come to think of it. Shadow doesn't have an extra one stashed somewhere, does he? :) This was a blast! I had a great time reading about Shadow and the Blankie Bandits! Awesome! Fived and Faved! Lensrolled to my Epic Farms lens, of course.