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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Basque Chicks and their guardian

Our shepherd, Eureka, always making herself useful.  Keeping an eye on the chicks and keeping them together.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fun at the farm

With butter tarts in hand my good friend, Tricia, and her four dogs dropped by for a visit, a chat, tea and a fun walk about. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Puppy "A" Litter

Chaparral's Lickity Split is a really enjoyable puppy with a great disposition that brings a smile to our face every day.  He is happy-go-lucky, charming, handsome and is so light on his feet he is always impressing me with his agility.   A true mountain dog!
I have his brother, Bear, as a basis for comparison and Lick-Lick leaps around like he has springs on the bottom of his feet and is constantly outmaneuvering all the other dogs in games of play.  When there is a flight of stairs to climb Lick-Lick gracefully takes them two at a time while his brother, Bear climbs each step with purpose.  When there is an obstacle in his path Lick-Lick flies over it with enthusiasm and ease while his brother goes around it.  His personality is very biddable and all he wants to do is work for me, or anyone else that offers up a challenge.

Currently we are teaching the pups to enjoy the pool.  Lick-Lick hasn't decided if he is as brave as the older pups swimming around in the pool, but eventually the temptation will get the best of him, I'm sure.

His only bad habit is wanting to jump up when greeting anyone but we are working on correcting that behavior and when Lick-Lick thinks instead of reacts he keeps all four feet on the ground.  He adores children of all ages and thinks they are great playmates.

If you would like to learn if Lick-Lick, or his brother, Bear, would be a suitable companion for your family please email me, Susan at

Monday, August 1, 2011

Basque Chicks

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago I lost all our lovely old hens to a weasel attack.  It was very sad and I lost a few very good laying hens that I've had for years and we shed a few tears at their loss. 

I haven't been without chickens for decades so I was soon looking for new chicks.  What a surprise to discover an advertisement on Kijiji for Basque Chickens.  I had researched the breed a few years ago but could not find any breeders so keeping with our all-things-French theme I bought some French Maran Chickens.   

Our new chicks are turning out to be wonderful little characters.  I'm still not sure who is a female and who is a male but that is all part of the fun of waiting and getting to know them.   They are known as "the friendly breed" and they haven't disappointed.  But, being only five of them they are getting a lot of attention from me and my family.