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Guardian Dogs

After living on the farm for a little over a year, with coyote howling in the hills all around us, we decided it was time to get some protection for the sheep in September of 2015. The first true LGDs we obtained were Molly, a 4-year-old Great Pyrenees, and her father, Bo. Before coming here, Molly and Bo lived with goats primarily, and even brought a few of theirs along to our farm. We already knew Molly was a home-body (as in, wanted to hang around the house and kids), and recognized quickly that if we wanted her to stay with the livestock, she’d only do it if she was completely surrounded by electric fence (she’s a digger!). So, we installed a full permitter or Premier-1 sheep/goat netting and we were all set. Molly chased a few of our girls at first, but after a few weeks she settled in and has made a huge difference to our farm.

We decided to add one more LGD to our menagerie because Molly & Bo came to us on a short-term arrangement and we didn’t want to someday be left without anyone to watch over the flock. Knowing we would have adults around to train him, we decided to purchase a puppy from an LGD breeder near Charlottesville. Romeo, a Maremma, came to the farm in December of 2015. He was a roly, poly, ball of fluff, and settled in quickly to life on the farm. He stayed in the field 24/7, with his own doghouse inside a small pen created by a few hog panels linked together. We wanted him to have a sheep-free space, and to teach him to protect his home and food. We have been very pleased with his progress and hope to breed him and Molly to ensure the future safety of our farm.

Bo, who was hit by a car as a pup, came up lame in April of 2016 and we decided to send him back to his home farm. It was sad to see him go but we know he is happy to be home with his family again, living comfortably with a tiny flock of goats.

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Molly & Olivia, winter 2017

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Romeo & Caden, winter 2016

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