Dogs on the Farm

Once we get moved to our farm and begin adding animals, we plan to also add livestock guard dogs. Dogs trained to protect our chickens, ducks, goats and sheep from predators. Dogs trained to send out the warning when something or someone is on our property who doesn’t belong.  Dogs who will respond in an appropriate manner to protect our animals.

We have three such dogs in our home right now. . .  sort of. Our dogs are excellent at sending out the warning when something or someone is on our property. They are also good at sending out the warning when they hear someone pulling in our driveway or driving down the road or pulling into the neighbor’s driveway or walking down the sidewalk, or walking one opposite block. But today, one of our dogs was sending out a warning that caused me to walk out on the deck to see what in the world was going on. He was staring down some terrible creature in the yard, who obviously did not belong and if I would just open the gate and let him out, he would protect all of us from the predator.

As I was peered over the side of the deck to see what creature was wreaking all the havoc, a small bird flew away and our protective dog went running across the deck barking to let that horrible creature know he was not welcome on our property.

I feel so safe with this little guy around.

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Unfortunately, he’s not as predator proof as he probably thinks, so we’ll have to provide him a safe place on our future farm.

Our other two dogs are also good about sending out the warning signals, but they really aren’t livestock guard dog material.  Fortunately, they are cute and very good at letting us know when something isn’t quite right.  Having them on our farm will be very good.

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Snowy Thoughts

The snow is coming down. It’s not coming down vertically as light fluffy flakes, but instead millions of tiny snow flakes are blowing horizontally across the yard.

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Every once in a while a stronger gust of wind sending even more flakes blowing off the roof of the house, spiraling down to the ground. Drifts of snow forming across the yard.  Our fire pit slowly being buried in white.

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According to the forecast, we have several more hours of snow yet to fall.  A total of 6″ – 8″ inches expected, with winds becoming stronger and temperatures continuing to drop as the day goes on.

Our dogs don’t seem to mind the snow at all.

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Snowy face Zoey (Keeshond)

 

Jagger (Papillon) and Jada (Keeshond)
Jagger (Papillon) and Jada (Keeshond)

 

As I have been watching the winter storm today, my mind has been wandering to what our life on the homestead might be like in weather like this and I realize just how unprepared I am.  No insulated overalls, coat, or gloves for working in weather like this.  No insulated work boots either.  I do have a couple of pair of really thick, warm wool socks.  I suppose I could start a new farm fashion trend with my Vera Wang wool coat and Ugg boots, but somehow they just don’t ooze ‘farm life.’

So much learning and preparation that still needs to be done for our life on the farm.  And no time like the present to start learning and preparing.

 

Zoey Girl

Zoey turns 5-months-old tomorrow and has been with us almost 3 months.

She is smart, has a great personality and is getting more beautiful the older she gets.

 

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These pictures were taken after her bath and some grooming.

Now, if I could just figure out how to keep her out of the dirt and mud, she would almost be perfect 🙂