Dixie is our 5 yr old Great Pyrenees.
She works on our farm guarding our livestock.
She guards the gate while we take hay out to the cows. This way we do not have to open and shut the gate everytime we need to go through. It saves us alot of time, especially if it is cold and rainy!
|Standing her ground. She will not let that calf get through the open gate. We didn't really teach her to do this, she just learned from watching me, because I am usually the one watching the gate.|
Checking on a new baby calf, She stays with the momma cows while they have their babies and then comes and goes every 1-2 hrs checking on them. We haven't lost a calf to a coyote since we brought her home.
Shes staying with this young calf while the momma goes to the water trough.
Having a conversation with two of the sheep. They were out and she was trying to get them back to the barn.
|Making her rounds. She walks the fencelines on over 60 acres total twice a day, if not more.|
Checking on some more cows in a different pasture.
Being silly and getting her belly scratched.
Sleeping in our herd bulls pen.
On alert about something.
I have had alot of questions about our farm and our farm animals. I thought I would start sharing a little about our life around here, so I will try to do a post occasionally about our farm. I hope you have enjoyed meeting Dixie! She is very important to our farm and a member of our family!
Say Bye Dixie..
1. They are nocturnal. They stay up all night and bark to warn off any predators.
2. They will usually bond with whatever you put them with to protect. Therefore, if you want one to guard animals, KEEP them with the animals from the first day. Dixie and Daisy were put at the barn at 8 weeks old and slept with the calves. Do not keep them with you (very hard to do because they will love you and are so adorable and look like giant powder puffs when they are little) or they will bond with you and want to stay with you instead of the animals.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit me today! Please feel free to take a look around. (There really are sewing projects on here too )
I am linking up to The Chicken Chick blog hop.