livestock guardian dogs

Saying goodbye

Thursday August 17, 2017  Today we're saying good-bye to 4 more alpacas. They've been boarding her for a while after they were sold so I knew this day would come eventually. I'm always sad to see them go but happy to share the joy of alpacas with their owners. I…
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Saturday August 5

Saturday August 5, 2017 The permanent shelter is finally up and now I'll get to create the space I've planned for. But for now Chief has clamed it as his personal shade space and that's just fine with me. The miscommunication with the scheduling was because their phones did not…
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Boom Boom!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017  Well, all the dogs survived the scariest holiday of the year and if only I thought it was over, I'd feel better. In Utah we also have the 24th of July (Pioneer Day or Pie and Beer Day depending on your persuasion) and the fireworks will…
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White fur flies

Monday, June 19, 2017  June is not only for alpaca shearing but also for outside dog grooming.  The three guardian dogs are shedding their dense winter undercoats and I'm the one who helps get it all out. Charlotte is almost done, and yesterday I decided to take advantage of the…
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Let’s all calm down

Friday, June 16, 2017  I've been in a bit of a panic mode about how and what to feed our dogs since the devastating loss of our Matilda. I do not know if her food had anything to do with her untimely death but I have to at least consider…
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Woodland Walkabout

Wednesday, June 7, 2017  For some reason all three of our guardian dogs decided leave the ranch and go on a "Woodland Walkabout" last night. Actually it was early this morning about 1:30 am. The house dogs alerted us to the intruders in the driveway and my flashlight showed Abby and Charlotte! They…
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May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  The Pyrenees are shedding their winter coats and white tufts of dog hair are all over the pastures. I do comb and brush all 3 of them as much as I can, but much of it just seems to happen on its own.  The lovely part…
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A few fleeces left?

Monday, April 10, 2017  The snow has all melted and the sun will be bright today. ☀️ Perfect! I need to get into the fleece shed and see if there are any more fleeces to have processed.  I ran out of good weather going through the fleeces and then the fleece shed…
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It’s all good

Thursday, March 30, 2017  Well, I guess March will be going out like a lion as we brace for another snow storm tonight and tomorrow. About this time every year I get antsy to get the barn cleaned out from the winter bedding, but I think I'll need to practice patience for…
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March 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017  The pasture snow is almost gone!  Never fear, we'll see more, but the alpacas are now out and exploring all day long and even sleeping outside at night. Chief and Charlotte keep them safe so they can sleep wherever they want.The March newsletter, though quite late,…
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Woodland Winter

Friday, February 24, 2017  Winter is definitely back in Woodland! More snow, and subzero temps for tonight. We're all OK, no worries.  :)  My commute to the barn might be strenuous, but today is one day I'd rather be on foot than out in traffic. Be careful out there!  Happy Friday! Photo of the day: Welcome to…
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Singing dogs? ;)

Monday, January 16, 2017  Along with those clear sunny skies come some very frigid cold night temps. It's -10° on our thermometer as I type. It's probably about 15° inside the barn but that's still cold. Hopefully, I will find time to work on the online store today, now that we seem to have a little control over the…
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A break in the storms! :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017  I like to think we work in sync with Mother Nature here but there are times when it seems like we are battling! But I think we'll get the upper hand today with lots of sunshine and no new snow. Our driveway has been a one road, one car…
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