A lot has happened since I last blogged. Both of the guardian dogs in the pasture died. First it was Delilah and then Ben. Old age caught up with them. I was then forced to make a decision.
Do I lock the goats up at night in the barn and release them to the fenced pasture during the day and just hope that nothing would happen to them, or did I get another dog?
After a few weeks the decision was clear. You cannot keep goats without a guard. Period. I knew this. It was time to get on with it.
Did I want another Pyr or did I want another Anatolian?
Did I want to get a puppy or an older dog since my goats were older?
Where was I going to get this dog?
The long and short of it I found Stella at the pound. Seriously. I went to look at another dog and took my friend Dee along. She told me there was an Anatolian mix there that perhaps we should look at also.
And she came home with me that night. First look and she was mine.\
Now, I don't think Stella had ever been a guardian dog. She seemed very curious about the goats and it took some time to learn they were NOT to play with but to protect. We are still working everyday on just what she is supposed to be doing and not doing.
She is only about two years old. She was micro chipped and the pound called the owner but that person never came to get her. I dont know her story but I would guess that Stella got out one too many times. I also believe that since she seemed to not know anything about livestock that someone didnt research the breed before they got her. They bark. A lot. Thats what they do. Especially at night when they are patrolling the pasture.
So another chapter begins on Peebly Road.
I only have two goats remaining. Marrissa and her daughter Jolene.
We started a new program each evening and that is taking a walk into the woods. I put Stella on a leash and the girls follow us. We walk for about 15 minutes right now and I will increase that later. The girls get to munch on new leaves along the way and it gives Stella a little more to do to release some of that puppy energy.
I think its all going to work out fine.
What have you been up to?