I'd like to hear more about your animals and how they earn their keep. Like your dogs? Do you have them working at herding or protecting livestock/people or what? And more about your horse: caring for, feeding, etc? Gemini
Well, Gemini, most my animals do very well at earning their own keep, chickens and cows do what chicken and cows do (anyone else have Cow and Chicken's theme song running through their heads now? Momma had a Chicken, momma had a Cow.)
The cats help with the field mice population.
Dogs and horses are different. With them you have to work hard on training.
We have 3 dogs. Our oldest is Link
He is a Collie and Husky mix. Once upon a time he was a city dog. I worked with the owner and he was going to take him to the pound because he was moving out of state. I offered to take him. Link is older than we were told, he's about 10 years old now. And he is our official grumpy old man. Link is a great alarm system. We weren't sure what to do with him when we first got him, he has been with us since we moved out here. It was Link that decided his role would be the one of something is in the driveway alarm. He isn't the greatest about running off other dogs however. He would rather play, unless it's a puppy. He hates puppies.
Buckets is a newer member of the family. She is about 3 years old and came to us via my big brother. She was an apartment dog, and looked like a tightly stuffed sausage when she arrived. She has lost about 30 lbs since she got here. Buckets is an American Stafford shire Bull Terrier, yes a member of the bully breeds (pit bull). This breed however prefers to knock you down and sit on you rather than biting. She is stubborn and suffers from a major case of OCD that takes the form of playing fetch. She will drag 20 lb sledge hammers over to you, wanting you to throw it for her. We are working on training with her. And are currently waiting for a leather harness that one of my husband's motorcycle clients is making for her. Buckets is a pulling dog. Bully breeds love to pull. When there is snow on the ground, my boys attach a lead to her and she will whip them around the yard on a sled. This summer, she will be pulling the wagon of garden veggies for us, I mean me. She tends to break the plastic buckles on regular dog harnesses, we are hopeful that the one that is being made for her will work out better. And we have not had a single chicken stolen since she arrived. She is also Small's body guard. They are together all the time, and he uses her as a body pillow, or rides her like a calf. Those two will be trouble, I just know it.
Sprocket is our puppy. A little ghetto dog that I thought wasn't going to make it. She is 6 months old, German Shepard and blue tick mix, and smart as a whip. She learned hand signals quickly. She is being trained to be my cow dog. The blue tick in her has her laying down to bark, while the German Shepard has her wanting to nip and chase. She learned not to do that around Sunny, as the horse kicked her straight between the eyes. She's fine, once the headache went away.
Now for that old horse of mine. Sunny is also a grumpy old man,
ha! ok, so the title of today's post has nothing to do with the post it self. I am listening to some Static X. And I thought I would mess with you guys that have the blog reader list on your side bar. oh feeling ornery. And as usual, questions are always welcome.