Thursday, January 14, 2010

Outside Dogs

Finally got a chance to take some pictures this morning of the dogs who live outside with the sheep. This first one is Gracie, she's 6, doesn't have good eyes or hips for breeding, but has turned into a very respectable dog and is pretty good with any of the sheep.
This is my male, Dunaj (Jr.) who lives with the rams now in the front. Moving him away from them for a few weeks worked well in that I could re-introduce rams who had previously lived here without him being so protective of that area. So first the other sheep went back in and then after some days, he went back in. Seems to have done the trick. He's a nice big boy; we'll see what the future brings for him. He's just over 7 months.

This is Margita, also 7 months old. She's in the barn with Grace and all the ewes. She's big too. She's more submissive to me than her brother Dunaj. Both of them love to be petted and touched. But they both are quite relaxed around their sheep too and I'm hoping that one or both of them turn out to be good LGDs.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Girls

Well, I FINALLY bought a new battery for my old camera and figured it was no longer even holding a charge, maybe it was time! Ya think??!! It's just not be high on my list of priorities. But I wanted some new pictures of the dogs and before I know it, lambs will be here too. These were taken this past weekend. We moved breeding rams back into the ram pen and all the ewes are now back together. I was looking over pictures that people have sent me of the puppies from this past litter and figured I should post some of my own. These are only the house dogs. I'll work on the ones outside later this week.

Basha (2009) on left. Bella, her mom (2007) in the middle. Rosie, same mom as Bella (2008) to the right. Rosie has spent most, but not all of her life, outside with the sheep. But she is not relaxed with them and so I made the call to bring her inside. She's adjusting quite well but still learning the ropes of being an inside dog. Bella and Rosie are more similar in type than I would have imagined.

Here's Basha again. I think of her as a beauty, but she almost looks like she's sporting a bit of a black mustache under her nose. Looks funny and now that I've seen it, I keep seeing it in her pictures. But she's a sweet girl. Her pigmentation is good.

Here's Rosie, a bit shy but each day is learning how to live in the house. She likes to chew all the dog toys, which is making Basha more interested in them also.
And finally Bella. She's stepped up into top dog position now that Q is gone. Rosie and Basha play together all the time. Bella is the queen. Just chillin' out.