Friday, April 20, 2012

Good boy Sam.

I actually thought twice about blogging the following because I was afraid I might jinx myself. ;-)

Sam's young, and I can't say that it's all been "puppy dogs and unicorns" in regards to his training with sheep. He has moments of brilliance, and then there's the moments where I bang my head against the wall until I forget that I WANTED a guardian dog.

I moved him in with the ewes and lambs about a week and a half ago. It was only going to be for a bit while I could watch him closely, but he's really stepped up and so I left him there. 

While he sometimes thinks that ewe lambs are his playmates, he very much respects the ewes and their lambs. 

I took these pictures from the back of the house because as soon as I walk back to the pen the sheep are in, Sam runs to me for scratches - which makes "cute pictures with lambs" impossible. 

However, when I look out back, I often find him sleeping with the lambs or totally ignoring them during their "lamb races".

Good job Sam!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kate and I both worked hard today...

and now ONE of us is getting a massage...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


We officially finished lambing at about 4AM Easter Sunday morning.  After two years of "never had a problem" this year we had "sure gained a lot of experience".  I'm glad it's over and now comes the fun of watching the gang grow up. I used Ferdinand the Dorper ram this year so the resulting lambs are a colourful lot! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

This must be a joke

Seems Mother Nature decided to play an April Fool's joke on us. Yesterday we were out in our T-shirts messing around in the garden and such. At 5 AM when I got up to check for lambs it was dry and comfy.  At 7 AM...THIS.

By 11 AM we were up to at least 8 inches of wet sticky snow. Mother Nature knows that April Fool's only lasts until noon right?