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A Lighthearted “Paws” While Moving The Sheep

May 1, 2010

The other day, I was in the right place at the right time to capture this:

The Maremmas (especially Nina) are usually pretty serious. But, hey, it was the middle of the day, the sheep were busy chowing down, and I was there–playtime! LOL, normally I have better luck at getting them to ‘sit’ on command.

I’ll post more about the construction of the shelters later today.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2010 4:22 pm

    Cool dawgs, Nanc! How did you train them to the electric fence?

  2. May 2, 2010 7:54 am

    All they need to do is hit it once 😉 Seriously, they can clear it with one jump, so there are times I’ve gone to the pasture and had them come up and greet me… outside the pen! Those times, I know that there was some reason they felt they needed to be away from their sheep. It’s mostly that they are bonded to their sheep–they will stay with them because of that, and that is a combination of instinct, evolved selection, and training (mostly the first two). They are totally amazing, and we couldn’t run the farm without them!

  3. June 5, 2010 8:11 pm

    So funny! Our little Gemma tries so hard to play with Frankie, and he says, “What is this annoying, little poof-ball?” Also, your grass looks amazing; I can’t wait until ours looks that good.

    • June 6, 2010 7:46 am

      Rebecca, we had just about perfect conditions for growing cool season grasses well into this spring. Take heart, the giant ragweed was 5 or 6 feet tall when we started grazing this place in the late summer of ’07. I’m going to do a whole post in the next few days on weed vs feed with lotsa pics.

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