livestock guardian dogs

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday October 31, 2017   Ahhh, Halloween in the country.  Do you know what happens....nothing!  lol  Kids are not going to bother coming here where they have to walk so far between houses so if we want to see any costumed kiddos or dogs, we have to head to town.  :) …
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Livestock Guardian Rescue Dogs

Tuesday October 17, 2017  I get asked questions about our livestock guardian dogs almost as much as about our alpacas.  Let me talk just a bit today about rescue dogs.  Oh the idea is wonderful, idyllic even.  But the reality is that not every Great Pyrenees or other livestock guardian breed (Maremma,…
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Full Moon Follies?

Sunday October 8, 2017  I know the full moon was a few days ago, but the skies are still flooded with moonlight here and all of our dogs were quite active last night.  Do they see shadows, raccoons or skunks looking for a cozy place to spend the winter? Whatever…
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Our wild neighborhood

Monday October 2, 2017  Belle and I take a walk together most days. We see feral cats, neighbor goats and assorted creepy crawlies.  But yesterday a cougar walked right across our path. Belle was focused on a caterpillar making its way across the road but my jaw dropped. He walked right…
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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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