Tuesday, July 14, 2015
This is a dog's world. At least ours often seems to be dominated by dogs. Through the years we have suffered the loss of numerous pets and it never is easy, even though we are blessed to be surrounded by others. We have also been fortunate enough to witness the births of various breed types because our daughter actually runs a non-profit dog rescue. We attended dog shows in the past that also exposed us to a large variety of breeds but those were mostly in the non-sporting categories. The type and/or breed I am going to blog about is an invaluable, livestock guardian dog (LGD), the Anatolian Shepherd. Because we have not been involved with livestock for very long, this is a newer breed type for us. So, we are by no means an authority on the subject, but their importance as a livestock guardian on the ranch and our interaction with them deserves a noteworthy mention.
look a heart-shaped mud puddle
The cute little guy (pictured by the heart-shaped puddle) is under a year old, so he still has some growing to do. Because of his age, he rightfully so, is very puppy-like. Though I am told these dogs' of any age are known for playful antics, like running off with a whole pack of muffins, or shredding up a dog bed to the point it looked like it had snowed in summer time in California. The other day this pup happened to snag my cell phone that must have dropped off the fence post that I had placed it upon and he had begun "testing" my lifeproof cell phone case when he was intercepted. Hence, indirectly inspiring me to this blog. As a side note, if a company is going to advertise something as "life proof" how about testing them in the various walks of life such as on a ranch, where dropping them in a water bucket or getting exposed to excessive dirt, loose hay debris or worse yet even wet hay (aka alpaca projectile debris) Yes, there are many other dirty jobs out there. Back to the blog, despite their playful, sometimes destructive antics, these dogs really do work. If their booming bark doesn't stop you in your tracks, their stealth like speed in the darkest of night just might. They can run like the wind. Really open up the motor on a ranch vehicle some time and just watch how they can keep up. Meanwhile, the crias (baby alpacas) can race and freely pronk to their hearts delight and their mother's can stay calm and cushed in regards to coyotes, mostly due to these livestock guardian dogs' presence.
These LGDs truly are guardians, a treasure and prized asset that we have the privilege of enjoying companionship with. We salute all the LGDs for your courage and for all the nights you stay on high alert. We are so grateful for the protection and comfort you provide.
smiling in the shade on a warm sunny day
this is my waggy semi-uncurled tail..