Working Dogs

Most of us have seen Police K-9s and “Assistance” Service Dogs and been amazed at what they can do. Even the agility trials at the fair draw a nice big crowd. But almost no one I talk to, including other farmers, knows what a Livestock Guardian Dog is or what they do. The short version…

Too Many Nameless Ones

We need your help. Once again we have sheep that need names. Some had names before they came here, some didn’t. We give them nicknames but then we have to explain to each other which sheep we mean when we mention them because we’ve never declared a proper name and the nicknames can change depending…

Time For A Change

We feed about 60 chickens, and lately we get about 5 eggs a day. Why so few? Because some of the girls are of an age they lay infrequently. And because it’s winter, a time to conserve resources for staying warm and surviving. Except our spoiled girls have a taj-ma-barn with timers set to mimic…

Moving On

What a busy couple weeks. The 15 year old had a football injury that was surgically repaired and he’s finally to a point where he can be more responsible for his own care.  Yay for him, but also yay for me, it’s a lot of work having to care for another. Don’t get me wrong,…

Things I Love

I love watching the puppies grow into mature guardians. They are not yet 4 months old and they are so well behaved with their sheep. They patiently watch as their sheep exit the night pen and head out to graze. Morning chores happen about 5 am here, it’s dark and quiet and really very peaceful….

Weekend in Review

I just got home from 3 amazing days of fiber, friends, and fun. I needed that. I’ve been so busy with fundraising for the ranch expansion, teenager’s football ( and new football injury) plus regular farm chores that, to quote Bilbo, I began feeling like “butter that’s been scraped over too much bread.” Friday started…

New Sheep

Nothing speeds a recovery like new furry friends to cuddle. Last weekend I was in the hospital and this weekend I’m welcoming new sheep. I love my life. Jolene is a Cormo that originally came from the same flock as Missy, Katherine, Nellie and Cocoa. She is a petite little girl with gorgeous fleece and…

Puppies

Our vacation was wonderful and coming home to puppies made it just that much better. I can’t believe what a difference a couple weeks can make. We really missed these little monsters 🙂   Maremma puppies look all cute and innocent, until someone bites a sibling… Then it’s “Game-On” and the fighting starts. I love…

One Week Old

The puppies are officially one week old now and subtle differences are starting to appear. Some are bigger, they range in weight now from 1 lb 14 oz all the way to 2 lbs 12 oz, their coats are changing, and their pads and noses have begun to fade to black. Some of the puppies…

Morning Neighbors

Now that we have Livestock Guardian Dogs we rarely (almost never) get moose in the yard. But since Mia is in the barn with the pups things have gotten a little more “relaxed” around here. This nice gal passed through just in time for coffee. It was all fun and games until she spotted the…

Puppies

We are so excited to announce the arrival of 8 squishy little marshmallow babies at Tower Ranch. After 4 days of hovering in and around the barn Mia finally got down to business. All 8 are beautiful, healthy and very hungry. We have 5 girls and 3 boys, which is the same division as last…