More Than Just Guardians

This week I’ve had the pleasure of hearing that 2 different puppies from our 2014 litter have earned their keep. I, of course, love my dogs and can’t imagine living without them so to hear of the fantastic success of these pups on their new farms makes me so happy for the shepherds that now…

Lambing Dates

For those keeping track: the earliest any lambs could appear is March 23rd. Niko is officially a bachelor. It’s a lonely job but at least he doesn’t have to compete for food. The ladies on the other hand… The breeders and non-breeders are all free to move about the pasture. So far that means pushing…

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…

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…

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….

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…