Monday, November 19, 2012

Warm Fall

We've had a very warm fall, which means lots and lots of rain. We have received 6 inches of snow, but it all melted once temps rose, and then the rain washed it away.

Dealing with wet muddy dogs in a travel trailer is not easy or pleasant! Everyone is stir crazy but no one wants to go out and get soaked. We will all be very glad when we have a covered area outside for the dogs to hang out on these miserable days. As Tom said only today "it ain't fit for man nor beast." I quite agree.

Here is what puppies do with mud...

Friday, November 9, 2012

First Post

Welcome to our new blog location! You’ll find the same newsy content, weekly posts (hopefully), and a lot more beautiful photos of our English Shepherd farmdogs and life around the Ranch.

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Meet Fahey!

    Life certainly has been busy! We had a terrible wind storm in July that blew down at least 40 trees and knocked the power out for 5 days. Damage was so widespread and severe, the county was declared a disaster area and emergency relief was brought in! 

    The scary, rotting wooden bridge you drove over to come collect your puppy finally gave way, so Tom has been busy cutting wind-fall timbers to rebuild it. 

    We have also, granted a bit late in the season, begun work on our cabin. As you can well imagine, we are extremely excited about getting out of this fifth-wheel trailer soon!!!! We should be able to move in before winter sets in hard.

    We’ve received wonderful reports about the 2012 puppies!! They are all doing well, busy with their families. We look forward to more stories as they mature! 

    As you may know, we kept a puppy from the 2012 litter - the firstborn, a male named Fahey. He is an absolute delight!!! From the beginning he was special to us in many ways. Alright, I admit to initially being taken in by that adorable freckle face (freckles are my one weakness)!! It took Tom a bit longer to accept being a three dog family, but he’s really glad we kept him now. It’s truly wonderful having a pack! I am fascinated by animal behavior, so it’s been really interesting to watch pack dynamics, especially now that Fahey isn’t the “baby” anymore. We’ll see what happens! We just got his ESC papers back – his official registered name is “Highland Glenn’s Fahey”.

Fahey under 1 week old.

    Fahey is black and white, with the Irish white pattern (but without a white “collar” around his neck). He has beautifully balanced structure with moderate energy/drive. He’s a bit taller than Greer right now and growing every day, weighing around 42 pounds. We’ve been dealing with a more-than-the-usual tenacious tape worm issue (from wild critters), so we feel he isn’t where he normally would be. So far we’ve used two homeopathic worming remedies, DE, and herbs all with very marginal results. The next treatment to try is an essential oil blend product by Young Living called “ParaFree”. Once the nasty beasts are eradicated Fahey will catch up quickly. His adult coat is growing in beautifully! In length and wave it’s very much like Liam’s, but is softer with high sheen like Greer’s, yet is that incredible Teflon coat the ES breed is known for. And he got his perfect ears from Liam! I have a thing for ears (my one weakness).

    Fahey is extremely fast, agile, fast, athletic, and fast. Did I mention fast? This boy is like lightning!!! He gets that from Greer, but even she can’t catch him! He is a calm thinking puppy, watchful and alert. He found his alarm voice at the tender age of 10-1/2 weeks and continues to be a great watch dog teammate for Liam. He is very much an “English Shadow”, likes being near us, always watching and checking where we are and what we’re doing if he isn’t near. Fahey really likes children and people in general, and is very loving with us.

    A wise “old soul” like his daddy Liam, Fahey has loved eye contact since the day his eyes first opened! And when his tail wags happily, his whole butt wiggles just like mommy Greer! Well, not exactly like her… her nickname is Cha-cha… but close! Fahey has a nice balance of confidence, courage and caution (in that order!). He has great dog social skills and gets along well with both of his parents, although he does vie for my attention getting into scruffs with Liam now and then. He has always had good bite inhibition and a gentle mouth.

    Speaking of mouth… Fahey has gorgeous teeth!!! We’ve always admired the clean, pearly teeth of our raw fed dogs, but a pup who’s only known a species appropriate diet has the MOST amazing teeth!!! It’s to be expected really since diet plays such a key role in dentition, from gums to roots to teeth. It’s just the first time we’ve seen the marked difference first-hand!
    Fahey is highly biddable and eager to please with a lot going on behind those thoughtful eyes! He is rules oriented and seems to be an enforcer of such. He has great recall!!! At 13 weeks he exerted power with the cattle… and they listened. That episode was accidental, but we are training him purposely on the cattle now. He’s had a terrific teacher in Greer to observe and is doing well so far – he is tough with the stubborn cows, has lots of presence and power, and listens to our direction very well, going to both heel and head to get the results he/we want. We have a feeling he will be quite the all-around farmdog! We are working on his manners amongst the free-ranging chickens still, even there he is improving.

    If all the puppies are similar to Fahey, all we can say is “Wow”. We still miss each one of those precious wee babes!
Fahey at 6 1/2 months old.