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Farm Dogs

Discussion in 'Dogs, Cats and Other Pets' started by Beekissed, May 30, 2017.

  1. Jul 30, 2017
    baymule

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    More to come, I gotta go feed!
     
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    what a good parker. dstr#4 had a dane/lab cross that was the sweetest dog ever. I love the pics of him with the grandbabies.
     
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    baymule

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    Parker loves to ride in the Kawasaki mule and helps unload feed.

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    He plays King of the Mountain

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    He got real sick, was throwing up and clearly felt terrible. We took him to the vet. The vet had to operate to remove a hickory but lodged in his intestine.

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    On 9-1-2017 we received the gift of grand daughter #3. She crawls straight to Parker. He is delighted. I love this picture of him giving her a gentle lick on her forehead.

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    Big hugs. What's not to love about Parker?

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    IMG_0479.JPG IMG_0705.JPG parker is such a good boy. seeing him give her such a gentle lick almost brought tears to my eyes. so sweet.
    I guess I get to show off my 'farm' dogs too. Janice Joplin, call name JJ came from an English shepherd rescue in Joplin, Missouri hence the name. when I played my Janice Joplin cd's in the car taking my granddaughter to school she would say please nana turn her off, she makes my ears bleed. no accounting for taste... JJ is now 2 1/2 years old and has pretty much come into her own. I've never had a dog that notices every little thing and immediately knows when something just isn't right. loyal, loving, smart and brave. she is the dog that won't let anyone or anything in my yard until I say its ok. she wants so bad to be able to herd the goats and sheep for me but I won't let her, don't want to get that started. might be hard to stop. she sleeps in the house on a mat at the foot of my bed at night and is out most of the day keeping a watch over everything. I love her dearly. I know beyond a doubt that I would have stepped on that copperhead this morning if she hadn't jumped in front of me barking. IMG_0621.JPG IMG_0726.JPG
    next is my Emily Elizabeth, call name emma or emma dean if i'm yelling at here. she was also a rescue but she came from a horrible place and life while JJ at least had people who were nice to her. emma is what I lovingly call a mutt puppy. her mother was a carrin terrier and her dad was a cross between a pug and a beagle. I got her just before I started travel nursing and she has been my constant companion since. I brought her home as a 5 week old pup and I had a pair of anatoilan shepherds at the time who helped me raise her. when they barked at something back in the woods she would run out right in front of them barking to chase off bad things. she always had them behind her and she grew up thinking she was just as big and bad as they were. nothing scares her around here. she has that terrier tenacity, is the best mouse and rat dog I've ever seen. she will track my every foot step, I've tried hiding from her just to see if she can find me and she uses that beagle nose to get me every time. she taught JJ how to kill an opossum and anything else that doesn't belong. the only thing she has that is pug like is her smile, those little bottom teeth stick out when she grins. I have told people before that she was a slut because she'd let any one pet her. has never met a stranger, loves one and all. before I got JJ the only way I knew that someone was coming to the door was that emma would start wagging her tail. never a bark just a wag. I always call her my prepper puppy because she will store things all around the house for later. one time she hid about 18 fresh eggs that I had left in a little bucket on the floor. I found them between couch pillows, in my bed, in the dirty cloths basket, in one of my shoes. I found eggs around here for a week. the amazing thing is that she never broke one egg. she also hid a box of dog treats, took months to find all of them. she's a hoot to say the least. she is getting pretty gray in the face now but she is still as spunky as ever.
     
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    baymule

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    JJ is a cutie, and so fierce! What a valuable dog to have on the farm! Emma is just plain gorgeous. What a looker she is! It's so funny that she played the Easter Bunny on you. That's two wonderful dogs that you have. Whatever would we do without our dogs?
     
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    Beautiful dogs, all!!! I love a good ol' mix breed farm dog...indispensable on the farm for so many reasons. I know folks love the LGDs for their many qualities and I do too, but for sheer versatility, the average farm dog can stand up to that quality on his own varied traits.

    I've had dogs that could track a deer blood trail for us, move cattle(being a Lab, that was surprising), find meat rabbits that had escaped the cage and go on point to show us where, guard the home and family, bring me things I needed, worry about the chickens and sheep and let me know when they were lambing or in trouble, hunt and kill rabbits, give the cats affection when I didn't have the time, and give the kids a friend when no one else will listen, keep the homestead safe from big predators, kill the mice, rats and moles, while still companionable enough to take to parades, ride in the car, visit people, go to town, give love to the nursing home folks and just be an all around cuddle bug.
     
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    poor emma, when she was a youngster everyone told me she was the ugliest dog around and truth be told she did have a face that only a mother could love but that big happy personality of hers won everyone over. she is a much loved gal. and she is a hard worker around here. JJ is my major protector. nothing can come around here with out her knowing it and telling. she listens to me and obeys immediately where emma may take a while to decide listen. a good farm dog is worth its weight in gold.
     
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    Finally seeing the end of Ben's end of summer blow out, a few tags here and there but he's mostly sleek once again. For a LGD breed, his sheds are not a bit bad compared to a pure GP.

    He's been patrolling well, even keeping the deer out of the yard, though he doesn't bark at them...a quiet woof and running in their direction seems to do the trick. I did lose a juvenile chick in the past few days, but don't know when or how...that's unusual here, especially with Ben so death on aerial preds, so not sure what happened.

    Now comes the good season for farm dogs....deer season, with all the offal, bones and meat scraps they can eat. Apples are in abundance this year, so all the apples they can eat, along with garden canning scraps, which they love.

    Then comes chicken butchering, so more lovely bits like heads, feet, organs, and bones.

    All of that gets them fat and sleek for winter, the only time I let the dogs put on a noticeable layer of fat.

    I'll lay down a layer of lime all around the central area of their living space to deter the fall flea hatch, which usually comes along with fall rains. Doing that this spring really eliminated our flea problem here, for both dogs and cats.

    Pretty soon it will be time to refresh dog house hay for winter sleeping. Ben doesn't like a dog house, so he likes to sleep amidst hay bales in the spare coop...Jake has taken to sleeping there with him unless it's teens below zero, then he heads to his very snug quarters built off the back of the main coop.

    Jake sleeping at the doorway of the spare coop ...

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