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Friday, March 16 2018

She was not the Chinese take-out that Judge was expecting. We arrived home late Sunday evening with the new Livestock Guardian Dog puppy. Briar and Judge eagerly escorted the truck down the driveway in hopes of getting first dibs on the expected doggy bag from whatever restaurant we'd stopped at for supper. They expected Chinese. They did not expect a little sister.

A veteran of new puppies, Briar greeted the pup with more enthusiasm than she normally musters up for Border Collie puppies. I suppose in her opinion the ragged ball of fluff was actually a real dog this time, and not some black & white weasel.

Judge was not nearly as open-minded. The puppy walked forward to greet him and he fell backward over himself lest it give him white dog cooties. I know for a fact that Judge eats decomposing forest animals. His standards aren't high, so his opinion of Bramble was pretty low.

But suck it up, Buttercup. We don't get to choose siblings or dorm roommates. I set Bramble up in a stout pen that was placed inside a stall with an attached run for livestock. Two dairy goats and Judge were elected to become the unwilling roommates. The goats are with her day and night, and the Anatolian is with the pup all night. The goats spent the first night staring at her in disapproval. Judge ignored her. He wouldn't even come into the stall. On the second night she recognized him as her bunkmate and greeted him enthusiastically. He growled at her and walked outside.

Not to be discouraged, she extended the olive branch the next night too. He walked into the stall, gave a weak wag of the tail and walked past her. On the fourth night she eagerly greeted him again when he walked in. Judge gave her a decent tail wag and plopped down beside her kennel to sleep.

This morning he assumed his dayshift responsibilities with Briar while the pup was on her morning break, cavorting with her new friends, the herding dogs.

They galloped past Judge and she screeched to a halt when she recognized her roommate.

He greeted her with all the enthusiasm of a soldier guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Then he cracked. The big dog sneaked in a tail wag and an ear kiss before sending the puppy off to play.

I think these two will pair well together in the future as guard dog partners. And in the mean time, she's safe at night with her dairy goats and her bodyguard.

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 12:10 pm   |  Permalink   |  6 Comments  |  Email
Posted by Res on 03/16/2018 - 02:55 PM
Takes them awhile to adjust. When I got my last rescue, a Maltese, I had to take my 2 terriers to meet him. They had a great time playing but when I brought him home it was a different story. They must of thought that play date to a visit to the "less fortunate". All is well now but it took over a week for the westie to stop leaving the room when the Maltese entered it.
Posted by Susan on 03/16/2018 - 04:04 PM
I've got to ask, why are the dogs expecting chinese takeaway? Do they get Chinese takeaway? If so, those are some darn lucky dogs, and I'm not at all jealous of dogs that live on a farm and eat Chinese takeaway...
Posted by Jess on 03/17/2018 - 05:36 AM
Absolutely! We always bring back a doggy bag from everywhere we eat. Split between everyone it never amounts to much but they all enjoy it.
Posted by Forensicfarmgirl on 03/17/2018 - 07:04 AM
I am just catching up on all the goss. Is Bramble a Briar mix or something else?? Very impressed re book. Have put order in and spread the word here in Aust. I have an elderly Maremma I have taken on . Been with out LGD for 4 yrs due to health issues. He is so calm and gentle I am wondering if he is a real LGD. However he does bark now and checks all incoming from top to toe.
Posted by Liz {vic Aust] on 04/06/2018 - 07:29 PM
Bramble is a Great Pyrenees. Briar is a Great Pyreness/Komondor cross. (and someone once said she had a dash of Anatolian in the mix too) Thanks for all the support regarding getting word out for the book. It's available on Amazon so you ought to be able to get it there pretty easily. :)
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 04/07/2018 - 05:53 PM

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