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Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Litter - 1 week old

At one week old the little black babies are growing like weeds.  All have fat tummies and shiny black coats.

Below is the one and only female who also sports a little white spot on the top of her nose.

Zigue learning what it takes to be a sheep dog.

I was called out to friend's farm where my sheep are being kept temporarily as another ewe was about to give birth.

We had another little black ram lamb that was a little stuck and I ended up having to sort it out and pull it out of the ewe. 
It was quite funny as this is also a riding school farm and several children there for riding lessons were watching me and then one little girl later asked me if I could pull a baby horse out too!   :-))))   It made me feel like a magician pulling rabbits out of a hat! :-)

I brought two sheepdogs, Pierre and his son, Zigue, with me.  After the lamb was born I took the other pregnant ewes out to their pasture for a couple of hours of grazing time.   Pierre was there to help, as always, and this time his son, Zigue, who is 14 weeks old was also trotting behind the little flock as we made out way to the field.  Zigue was very calm following behind the sheep with Pierre and when I glanced back I could see him taking it all in like a sponge.   He hadn't a clue as to what he was supposed to do, or why he was even there but you could see that there was something inside of him starting to blossom.  

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Later in the afternoon I brought the ewes out of the fenced pasture and stood around a while to let them graze a little on the more lush grass.  As I stood there Zigue just sat down and watched, and no doubt, learned.  I love these puppies that are "observers".  He is just like his father.  Nothing was phasing him at the farm.  Not the the kids, horses, sheep, donkey or chickens.  Just keeping track of what was going on around him and more importantly, keeping track of where I was.  I know it doesn't sound like much in the way of excitement or news, but I could not ask for anything more from a puppy and was absolutely thrilled to see his demeanor and thoughtfulness. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lamb 1

I have a wonderful life!  All our beautiful dogs and puppies keeping us busy and amused, and now the most adorable little creatures on earth are starting to arrive.  Our first little lamb of the season came without fanfare on the 26th of April.  One minute he wasn't there and the next he was!  He is a black ram lamb and our first lambs by our Dorper Ram.  The mother is a Shetland and already one can see the sturdy Dorper influence.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Litter - 2 days

Crochet is a very busy girl keeping all her brood clean, fed and warm.  Today I returned her and her pups to her rightful home, at our friends horse farm, Twisted Pine Farm.  Crochet was much happier there where she is the "only" house dog.  I'll pick up her and the pups in another 3 weeks and she'll spend this weaning period at our home.

Z Litter - 14wks

Just one puppy remains, Zigue.  His brother left for B.C. and we look forward to hearing of his adventures.
Zigue will now start to learn how to be a show dog and a farm dog.  He already knows how to charm us as he has his sire's winning personality.  His farm duties, so far, have only included chasing the chickens but I don't mind that as he keeps his distance and will stop the game as soon as I tell him. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

"A" Litter - Bergers des Pyrénées

Easter Sunday was celebrated with the arrival of a new litter of puppies. 

In the early morning hours Chaparral's Crochet presented us with a beautiful, healthy litter of 1 female and 3 male black puppies.  All exhibit the typical vitality of the breed.   From the second their little noses enter the atmosphere, before they are fully expelled from their dam, they are searching for a nipple and nursing.  This never ceases to amaze me!

The sire is our male, Hivernal du Val du Vent Doré, that we imported from Belgium two years ago.  This is his first litter and we are very, very pleased.  :-)  Crochet is always an excellent, attentive mother-- if not a little too enthusiastic!

V Litter - 6 days

Our little PBGV litter is only two now.  Unfortunately we had to bid adieu to the tiny little female that only stayed with us for a short time but made a great impact.

Above the the female and below is the male puppy.  Both are twice the their birth size, strong and content.

Friday, April 22, 2011

V Litter - 4 days

V Litter - PBGVs

Monday, April 18th, Nixie gave birth to 3 lovely little puppies.  There is one male and two females.  \

Saturday, April 16, 2011

For Sale or Hire



Monday, April 4, 2011

Z Litter - 11 weeks old

Our two boys, Zeke & Zigue, don't seem to have any problems filling the shoes of their father, Pierre.  Both are big boys and a force to be reckon'd with --at least with each other.

Zeke (#1 male) with the 4 white toes, on the left.  Zigue (#2 male) who is the fauve charbonné, on the right.

Let's play tag!

No, let's play tug!

Let's wrestle!

or just relax.