Recently we have been fostering a new plan to; ease mowing, avoid mud pits at the entry, deter digging and make our outdoor kennel more appealing to the eye. While we are grateful for the functionality, we’ve felt the need for improvements. Presently, we do have the ability to lock the dogs in the very large concrete area of the indoor/outdoor kennel. While, if we allow, the dogs can have access to a safe grassy play area when we are otherwise engaged. Now is the time for an upgrade.
Fortunately for us, we have Brian who is our workhorse that gets things done. I on the other hand, conjure up all kinds of plans to keep him busy.
We have been blessed by a beautiful spring. Unfortunately, all good things do have their limits and that includes temperate weather. The puppies have figured out that air conditioning is preferable to heat and humidity and beg to be back inside. Considering there are fourteen, there is not enough play space in the living room for them all day. What these pups really need is a safe space where they can run and play or rest safely in the shade when supervision is unavailable.
Tomorrow, if the weather holds, Brian will reassemble the fencing while Cara and I will be traveling to pick up her Haflinger, Sonya after getting bred. Stephanie will be in charge of puppy duty. Thankfully, she has really begun to take initiative in the care of the pups, which frees others to pursue other tasks.
Mesa is doing a great job with the pups, but some days 14 can be a bit much. Today we decided to assist with the bathing. The puppies are pottying on their own and when we have them separated in two groups Mesa can’t get to some for clean up maintenance. So, Hannah, Stephanie and I bathed the whole brood. They were very good and only a couple fussed a little when they were getting their clean Velcro collars put on.
Below was the reaction by nearly every single puppy.
Today we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering those who have given their lives that we may be free.
As I reflect on the state or our nation; the turmoil of the season we’re in, I think of what we were built on. Nation’s without moral character have never stood the test of time. John Adams once stated “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Ultimately, our foundation is in Christ. Raising and selling puppies has been a joy bringing both believer’s and nonbeliever’s into our lives and for that we are very thankful.
We are again trying to utilize the Puppy Culture program to best prepare the puppies for their futures. The first couple of days all we do is weigh the puppies ensuring they are obtaining adequate growth.
Beginning with day three we institute the Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) protocols. Below is a video explaining why and how we perform this on each puppy.
I am sorry for my very long absence. My mother unexpectedly became ill and I had to drop everything to assist in her care. With her passing and the settling of her estate, I forgot how to even access the login page. Now, with the wonderful assistance of my website builder Tony Bierman, I am back!
I will try to update some of the happenings in our absence as I become more proficient. In the mean time the big news is the arrival of Mesa’s new litter. Here is the most recent photo of all the English Shepherds. Well, that’s not working for me right now, but I’ll keep trying!
Saturday morning we butchered our first hog. Brian stunned the pig, he and Sarah got him tied to the bucket of Sarah’s tractor. Then Brian lifted the bucket, Sarah slit his throat to have him bleed out.
We had hoped to do a hog roast, but we don’t have the right set up or knowledge. None of us wanted to risk the pig catching on fire and we couldn’t locate any experienced help. So, we opted to just skin the pig this time.
After gutting and setting aside a bunch of goodies for the dogs. Sarah set to work skinning the pig. Then Brian lowered the pig for cutting.
Then we set to work cutting out the pork tenderloins and removing shoulders, belly and hams.
We cut up some scraps for the dogs and took the organs and other delicacies to the house to cut up and freeze for the dogs in the future. We also washed the pigs feet, head, and ears for the dogs. The English Shepherds will get some along with the big dogs on Raw Tuesdays, our regular raw feeding day. The Livestock Guardian Dogs all got a foot when we finished. We were very pleased to have everything cleaned up by 11 a.m.
I couldn’t stand how much blown coat was matted on Baron. So, after a visit from a friend to socialize puppies, poor Baron’s number came up. He was so very good with all the brushing. It really came out nice and thankfully Sarah joined me later for the better part of an hour.
Well, Mesa’s impatient brood had her in a pickle last night. We had to put a little taller entrance into the pen due to the puppies pig piling and making a near breech. This made it a bit awkward for Mesa to get in and situated without stepping on her puppies. She was just too slow and they mobbed her, poor girl couldn’t figure out how to get situated.
“Katherine Johnson” was struggling with her bottle feeding when the nipple got plugged from the yogurt in the formula. We had been planning on introducing the litter to the bowl later in the day, but this was a good first opportunity for us. With Hannah’s assistance, Katherine caught on quickly.
We were encouraged by several more experienced breeders to use The Leerburg puppy formula https://leerburg.com/bottlefeeding.htm over The Puppy Culture recipe. We have been blessed to find a local goat farm that we are bartering our homegrown pastured raised broiler chickens for raw goat milk. We use whole milk yogurt, raw egg yolks, Karo Syrup and the raw goat milk, the puppies love it! I’ve been wanting the stainless puppy feeding pans, but I felt they were quite large for such young pups. Providentially, I was at Menard’s the other night while the girls were in town for youth group and I found these smaller feeding pans; https://www.menards.com/main/pet-wildlife/pet-food-bowls-food-storage-mats/van-ness-slow-feeder-stainless-pet-dish/sssf1/p-1567060215626-c-8330.htm The two smaller pans cost less than one large one and have the rubber rim to help hold it in place. Honestly, the stainless is plenty heavy and should last for a long time to come….,with care; not if we run them over with the tractor! We use the regular Leerburg stainless dog bowls, but tractor abuse is not covered under warranty.
We were so successful with Katherine we decided to give the whole litter a chance during outside time.
Well, what a successful mess! We were glad to feed them outside, but as much as I had hoped with the smaller bowls the puppies still were a sticky milk covered mess. So, a bedding switch while the puppies were out, then a sponge bath before they were settled.
The weather has been absolutely delightful. Very cool nights with warm sunny afternoons. So, after a busy, fun filled weekend and a exhausting day trip, I needed some grounding time. What better opportunity to take twelve busy sweet bumpkins for their first exposure to the great outdoors.
Quickly, we found the stress a bit much, and helped the pups back to the familiarity of the blanket. All this could not be done without the help of the girls! Hannah and Stephanie were off screen and Cat is a wonderful assistant.
Well, then the hard part came, for a good 45 minutes we talked and cuddled puppies in the sunshine. Cedar came by a couple of times and tried to mother the puppies, but Mesa has no tolerance for her right now. After her banishment she begrudgingly gave Mesa the safety bubble she demands and we all settled in for some deep relaxation. Even Sarah and Cara were able to join us when they got home from work for the day.