Kennel Patio

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.

The take down

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.

Puppies ready for expansion

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.

Laying the blocks

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.

Foundations of Character Litter Mesa x Hank Two Weeks

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.

Faith 1#9.6 oz Black and Tan Female
Virtue 1# 11.8 oz Sable Female
Purity 1# 15.3 oz Sable Female
Joy 1# 14.1 oz Sable Female
Patience 1# 14.3 oz Sable Female
Wisdom 1# 15.8 oz Black and Tan Male
Honor 2# 1.4 oz Black and Tan Male
Perseverance “Percy” 1# 14.5 oz Sable Male
Loyalty “Loyal” 2# 0.7oz Black and Tan Male
Temperance 2# 1.5 oz Black and Tan Female
Humility 1#13.9 oz Black and Tan Female
Courage 2# 1.7 oz Black and Tan Male
Charity 2# Sable Female
Hope 1# 15.3oz Minimal Tri-color Female

Early Neurological Stimulation

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.

We’re Back

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!

Our Girls

Hog Butchering

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.

Hannah and Sarah washing and scrubbing the pig.

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.

Sarah readying the pig for gutting.

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.

Sarah cutting off the hocks.

Then we set to work cutting out the pork tenderloins and removing shoulders, belly and hams.

Sarah prepping cuts for Brian and the Sawzall.
We cut and cleaned the meat into portions for roasting.

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.

Roxie enjoying her pig’s foot in the privacy of the porch.
Moof the hoarder, after I returned the others to Baron and Nova.
Nova enjoying her returned prize.
Harry Wonder “Baron” munching away.

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.

One trimmed, defloofed dog ready for a party this coming Saturday.

Gizmo/Mesa “Faces of America” Week Three

Wow, three weeks already! Fall is upon us and the decorations are festive. May our hearts rejoice in the bounty and privilege we have in this beautiful country in which we live.

Mesa, Gizmo, and their brood
Sojourner Truth “Journey” 2# 9 oz Sable Longtail Female.

An abolitionist and women’s rights activist who won her son’s freedom as the first black woman to succeed in court against a white man.
Rosa Parks “Rosa” 2# 5 oz Tri-color Longtail Female

Named by Congress as “the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement”. She is most well known for refusing to give her seat on the bus in Montgomery Alabama to a white passenger.
Katherine Johnson “Katherine” 2# 11oz Tri-color Longtail Female.

One of three black students to be the first to integrate West Virginia’s graduate school. After much work at NASA went on to supply the calculations necessary to link the Apollo Lunar Module with the lunar orbiting Command and Service Module.
Sacagawea 2# 5oz Sable Bob-tail Female

Her vast knowledge and ingenuity was the saving grace of Lewis & Clark’s expedition.
Clara Barton “Clara” 2# 12 oz Sable Bobtail Female

A hospital nurse during the Civil war who went on to be the founder and first president of the Red Cross..
Mary Musgrove “Mary” 2# 4oz Sable Longtail Female

A pivotal biracial English/Native American woman that used her mixed heritage and language skills to help negotiate between Native American and English communities in Colonial Georgia.
Booker T. Washington “Booker” 2# 11 oz Sable Bob-tail Male

Last of a generation of Black American leaders born into slavery that was the voice of the former slaves and their descendants. He served as advisor to multiple presidents of the US and was an educator, author and orator.
Abigail Adams “Abigail” 2# 10oz Sable Longtail Female

Abigail is sometimes considered to be a founder of the United States of America due to her vast written interchange on government and politics in her copious letters to her husband, the second president of the United States, John Adams and mother of later president John Quincy Adams.
Harriet Tubman “Harriet” 2# 9oz Tri-color Longtail Female

An escaped American slave who worked as an abolitionist freeing approximately 70 slaves through the Underground Railroad.
Pocahontas Sable 2# 10 oz Bob-tail Female

Pocahontas and her people were instrumental in helping the people of Jamestown establish as a colony.
William Bradford “Bradford” 3# 5oz Sable Longtail Male

Bradford was one of the framers of the historic Mayflower Compact, a set of rules for self-governance established by the English settlers. Bradford knew life without laws could prove catastrophic and to ensure a functioning social structure for society his leadership was instrumental in forming the precursor of a government for the people and by the people.
Chief Joseph “Chief” 2# 12 oz Sable Longtail Male

The Nez Perce chief who replied “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever” as his dilapidated tribe of mostly women and children surrendered to the U.S. Calvary. Chief Joseph lead one of the most noted trails of battle. For three months the Nez Perce out maneuvered the US Calvary traveling over 1,170 miles and ending only 40 miles from the Canadian Border.
Easier said than done!
Rosa, Sacagewea, Abigail, Mary, Bradford, Clara, Chief, Harriet, Katherine, Pocahontas, Booker,and Journey.

Puppy Culture Neonatal Period

We have purchased the Puppy Culture program to help us prepare the puppies we raise to become better canine citizens. By nature we have done some of these things, but our goal is to be proactive in the best timing and setting for the puppies.

We even recruited our out of state guests in helping with Puppy Culture Protocols.

Initially we postponed the Early Neurological Stimulation – ENS due to the number of puppies and their struggles in the first week while Mesa established her milk supply. On day eight we began to institute the ENS protocols. Here is a chart of their first eight days.

Mesa x Gizmo “Faces of America” litter through day eight.

Of course, after I’ve messed up numerous times, I read the suggestion in the workbook to chart in pencil. Between the excitement of new puppies and the anticipation of Ravine’s litter, along with the supplementing and care the first week was pretty much a blur making sure we learned which puppy was which! With the advent of week two we began to formulate a rhythm to the process of weighing and implementing the ENS protocols.

Each puppy daily received a three-five count on their backs (supine position), here is “Katherine Johnson”.

Here is a link that explains the purpose and instruction of each protocol.

Holding “Sacajawea” in the head down position
Here “Sacajawea” is receiving the thermal stimulation.

We most certainly didn’t perform all the protocols perfectly, but I will say we have a pile of very sweet, calm, receptive puppies that just fall asleep in your hands on their backs now.

The completion of ENS

The puppies are now toddling around so we’ve tried to designate sleeping and potty areas. With this size of litter I think it is a little more difficult. Although they can all fit on their bumper pad nest, they often overflow onto the pee pads which isn’t making the delineation between clean and dirty as concrete. Overall, they are doing a good job of trying to clear the nest to do their business.

Puppies in their bumper bed and evidence of baby attempts at eliminating out of the nest.
Mareya and Cat bottle feeding a couple of puppies before bedding change…, again!
Mesa topping the puppies off

Gizmo/Mesa “Faces of America” Week Two

Sojourner Truth “Journey” Sable Longtail Female. An abolitionist and women’s rights activist who won her son’s freedom as the first black woman to succeed in court against a white man.
Rosa Parks “Rosa” Tri-color Longtail Female Named by Congress as “the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement”. She is most well known for refusing to give her seat on the bus in Montgomery Alabama to a white passenger.
Katherine Johnson “Katherine” Tri-color Longtail Female. One of three black students to be the first to integrate West Virginia’s graduate school. After much work at NASA went on to supply the calculations necessary to link the Apollo Lunar Module with the lunar orbiting Command and Service Module.
Sacagawea Sable Bob-tail Female Her vast knowledge and ingenuity was the saving grace of Lewis & Clark’s expedition.
Mary Musgrove “Mary” Sable Longtail Female A pivotal biracial English/Native American woman that used her mixed heritage and language skills to help negotiate between Native American and English communities in Colonial Georgia.
Clara Barton “Clara” Sable Bobtail Female A hospital nurse during the Civil war who went on to be the founder and first president of the Red Cross.
Booker T. Washington “Booker” Sable Bob-tail Male Last of a generation of Black American leaders born into slavery that was the voice of the former slaves and their descendants. He served as advisor to multiple presidents of the US and was an educator, author and orator.
Abigail Adams “Abigail” Sable Longtail Female Abigail is sometimes considered to be a founder of the United States of America due to her vast written interchange on government and politics in her copious letters to her husband, the second president of the United States, John Adams and mother of later president John Quincy Adams.
Harriet Tubman “Harriet” Tri-color Longtail Female An escaped American slave who worked as an abolitionist freeing approximately 70 slaves through the Underground Railroad.
Pocahontas Sable Bob-tail Female Pocahontas and her people were instrumental in helping the people of Jamestown establish as a colony.
William Bradford “Bradford” Sable Longtail Male Bradford was one of the framers of the historic Mayflower Compact, a set of rules for self-governance established by the English settlers. Bradford knew life without laws could prove catastrophic and to ensure a functioning social structure for society his leadership was instrumental in forming the precursor of a government for the people and by the people.
Chief Joseph “Chief” Sable Longtail Male The Nez Perce chief who replied “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever” as his dilapidated tribe of mostly women and children surrendered to the U.S. Calvary. Chief Joseph lead one of the most noted trails of battle. For three months the Nez Perce out maneuvered the US Calvary traveling over 1,170 miles and ending only 40 miles from the Canadian Border.

Puppy poses

The line-up

Yesterday we discovered almost all the puppies in line. Cat sprung into action to capture their cuteness. She had a couple of dissidents to contend with, but got them all lined up.

Close up of the cuties.
Smushes

I am amazed at how quickly the pigment fills in on the puppies. Their little feet and faces are so pink when they are born. Already their noses are jet black, except “Journey” who has a teeny pink spot on her nose on the white half of her face.

“Booker” T. Washington striking the pose.