Saturday, October 26, 2013

This Gives Me Goosebumps

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a
more mystical concept of animals.
Remote from universal nature, and living by
complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the
creature through the glass of his knowledge and
sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole
image in distortion.
We patronize them for their incompleteness,
for their tragic fate of having taken form so far
below ourselves.
And therein we err, and greatly err.
For the animal shall not be measured by man.
In a world far older and more complete than ours,
they move finished and complete,
gifted with extensions of the senses
we have lost or never 
living by voices we shall never hear.
They are not brethren,
they are not underlings,
they are other nations,
caught with ourselves in the net of life and time,
fellow prisoners of the
splendour and travail of the earth."
                    Henry Beston

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Perfect Ten!

2nd Generation Naturally Reared Puppies
Born October 21st, ten beautiful, vigorous Puppies! There are 6 females, 4 males in Tricolor and Black & Tan. They will be ready for their new homes early/mid-January 2014. 

These rare Pups will be amazing additions for a few select homes. Visit the “2013 Litters” page on our Web site for weekly PDF updates.


Highland Glenn’s Fahey x Blackrock Ailagh

This is the first litter for both Fahey and Ailagh, both Naturally Reared. Their Puppies are 2nd Generation Naturally Reared.  They are affectionate companions, excellent guardians, with moderate energy/drive and gorgeous structure. Fahey is Head Wrangler on our Ranch; Ailagh shows good working instincts.

We expect their Puppies to be sweet tempered, sensitive to their Master’s needs and emotions, exceptionally bright, with well-balanced structure, moderate energy/drive, and a contagious zest for life. They should do well in a variety of environments, making wonderful companions, guardians and/or working partners for people of all ages.

Lines: Anderson, Butcher, Shininger, Oney, Sallee, Wilson, Merz, Mohn.

***Accepting Applications - Contact Us to Request One*** 


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dangerous Ashes

We feel impelled to issue a warning, to spare other dogs and families this heartbreak.

Many people have recreational fire pits around which they enjoy relaxing time with family and friends. In the country people also have burn piles where wood and debris from around their property is burned. What most people aren’t aware of is the danger the resulting ashes present to one’s dog. It was our tragedy to learn this firsthand in the recent death of our precious dog Liam.

Consuming ashes is, at the least, extremely harmful to dogs. Most folks do not know that the old time way of acquiring lye for soap making is to leach water through hardwood ashes. The leachate is lye, a dangerously caustic substance, both internally and externally. However, even the ash of non-hardwoods when soaked with water will produce a severely caustic substance. If an unknown quantity of wet ashes and/or the soil underneath is ingested by a dog it causes acute alkalosis. In other words, the dog’s ph drops too low, too fast for its body to recover and acts like a toxin, killing the dog within a couple days. The dog suffers miserably. We know.

What can you do to prevent it? For fire pits- keep it cleaned of ashes, being extra careful after rainfall or if the fire pit gets saturated from a sprinkler. Keeping it securely covered so your dog can’t rifle through it would work also, especially if food is roasted in the fire there could be attractive smelling drippings in the ashes. For burn piles- do not bury anything that might attract a dog, like bones or spoiled food of any kind since dogs are scavengers. If possible, somehow block off a dogs’ access to it completely.

What if your dog does ingest ashes? We were told if you suspect your dog ate ashes to dose him/her internally with hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. This will not be easy or pleasant, but it’s the only thing that can be done. If your dog acts ill or vomits before you suspect, it’s too late to do anything. That’s what happened to Liam.

Please, spread the word about this danger. Safeguard your dogs without delay. 

And then give them an extra hug in memory of our sweet Liam. Cherish every precious moment with them!