My husband, youngest son, and I got up at 5 am, before the sun was up, to make a trip to Northern Indiana’s Giant Swap Meet. The swap meet is a summer time tradition for me and I’ve been visiting it off and on since I was 12 years old. I love that my dad took me as a kid, and now I have the opportunity to pass the tradition on to my own kids. The purpose for my visit this year was to pick up a few odd laying hens to round out the six Delaware hens I’ll be getting in the next couple of weeks. The Delawares won’t start laying eggs until the end of summer. Being impatient for fresh eggs, I decided to pick up a few hens that were already laying.
Be forewarned, this post contains lots of pictures. Also, I’m issuing a cute puppies and kids alert. The swap meet takes place on the first Saturday of the month for 4 months during the summer, and always contains an eclectic array of birds, cats, dogs, exotic pets, and small livestock. One of our first cute puppy encounters resulted in Bart, my husband, longing to take this little guy home with us.
I’m surprised I didn’t have to pry the beagle out of Bart’s arms. Before we had our kids, Bart and I used to raise beagles, so we have a bit of a soft spot for them.
These folks had rabbits that are used in a petting farm, so the very tame bunnies were out in tubs for the kids to pet.
I was given permission to snap a couple of shots of this little Mennonite girl who was petting the rabbits.
The next few shots are of some of the more exotic offerings we saw. This is an Egyptian Goose.
This fox was not for sale, but was a pet along for the ride. His owners showed us pictures of one of their pet fox that was featured in the March 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine as part of an article titled , Designing the Perfect Pet.
One of the fox’s owners. He was a really likable, fun guy!
More kids with rabbits. Somehow I couldn’t resist taking these pictures.
This tiny pup was hitching a ride with his Amish owner. The “awww! factor” here is completely off the charts.
I used to raise a few Toggenburg dairy goats, and just had to stop to have a conversation with this girl and give her a good scratching between the eyes. I asked her if she would be willing to give me a little extra attitude for the camera, but she told me “nah”.
More obscene cuteness.
I’m not sure why, but I connected with this dog. If he had been for sale I’m pretty sure he would have come home with me.
This was my favorite kid for the day. She didn’t realize I was going to take her picture until the moment right before the shutter clicked.