July 9, 2014

Pete and Scooter

Pete is my three-year-old English Shepherd. He's my almost-constant companion. I originally got him to help me with the goats, but just a few months after getting him, we lost the goats in the barn fire, and then he had nothing to do.


I do have a few goats again now. Pete helped me raise them from bottle kids. He keeps an eye on them and loves the kids those now-grown-up kids have had.


Mostly he watches out for me. He saved me twice from the steer we raised for the freezer; once the steer was sure I had feed and trapped me in a corner. Pete distracted him, barking and leading him off so that I could move out of danger.


He also loves and protects our grandchildren when they visit.

Unlike our border collie Sissy, English shepherds do not work from a prey drive. Instead, their motivation is to please and help their owner. They are thinking dogs, and have a well-developed sense of order. If things are supposed to be done in a certain way, the dog will enforce that. In fact, if you change a rule, you'd better be able to explain why to your dog.


Last week Granddaughter and I went to a friend's house to pick up our second English shepherd. Scooter is Pete's full brother. I didn't know Pete as a puppy - I got him as a teenager - so it's been a different experience having a little pup this time. Scooter's certainly easier to work with than the stubborn border collie was as a puppy!


So far all the dogs and cats are accepting Scooter and we've had few problems. Other than housebreaking, life's been peachy.


But the housebreaking is going pretty well - so much better than it did with the border collie!


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35 comments:

  1. I had an English shepherd when I was growing up. He was the sweetest dog. I enjoy reading your blog. Enjoyed seeing your herbs too as I am growing some in pots myself.

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  2. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead7:47 AM

    Thank you, Joan, they are wonderful dogs, aren't they? I haven't met many people who are familiar with the breed.

    I hope you're not battling grasshoppers in your herb containers! What herbs are you growing?

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  3. We have an Australian Cattle dog and at times she drives me right up the wall. I like how the English Shepherd sounds and may have to try one next time around.

    I also like the change you made to the post format, I like being able to read the whole thing from the home page.

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  4. Another English Shepherd! Wonderful for you!! A beautiful dog, and yes they are the best farm dogs. I have one, Sophie. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. He's adorable! We've been talking about getting another dog since Bob's passing, and I wonder if we should look into English shepherds?

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  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:03 AM

    Kelly, your Australian Cattle dog sounds like my husband's border collie! She's very hyper and very prey-driven. My English shepherd is much calmer (he's 3 years old) and very eager to please me. It's a very different attitude.

    As to the post format, I forgot to put the "jump" in! I wonder what readers would prefer? I should take a poll on Facebook...

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  7. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:17 AM

    Marilyn, these dogs are a blessing, aren't they?

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  8. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:22 AM

    Mary, they are very family-friendly too. If you do look for one, be sure to talk with the breeder about your expectations and needs so you'll get a good match for your situation.

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  9. You had a barn fire! I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Your little buddy is adorable. It must be "post about our dogs" week in the blogosphere. I just posted a photo gallery of my loveable Labrador Retrievers. Dogs are good for us :)

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  10. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:39 AM

    They sure are, Sally.

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  11. I think I am part English Shepherd after reading the description. Nice job!

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  12. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead4:39 PM

    Sherry, you made me laugh! Yes, they are a bit OCD. It's kind of nice to have an OCD dog when I'm rather OCD myself. Maybe that's why we suit each other so well. :-)

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  13. OH both are wonderful but puppies are so adorable and just steal your heart. What cute photos :)

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  14. Glad Scooter is fitting in. I just picked up a foster dog last night that is probably an ES mix. Sam in heaven with a 10 month old pup to play with.

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  15. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:22 AM

    Thank you, Deb, I think Pete is about as gorgeous as a dog can be, and expect Scooter will be too.

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  16. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:26 AM

    Michelle, I'm sure Sam is happy to have a playmate!

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  17. I'm not familiar with English Shepherds, so it was interesting reading this post. He looks like an outstanding dog and it sounds like he's a great companion. Enjoy your new puppy!

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  18. What a beautiful puppy, so cute. I have never had this breed but they sound so sweet and dedicated.
    Bev

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  19. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:28 AM

    Thank you, Bev, he is a cute little guy. He's settling in well.

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  20. Kathi, Love the pics of Pete and Scooter. They are such beautiful dogs and sound like a delight to own. This is my first visit to your blog, and it almost makes me want to find some land to homestead. Notice I said "almost." :-)

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  21. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:38 PM

    Welcome, Dee Dee. I'm glad you stopped by.

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  22. I thought Scooter was Pete's puppy pictures - strong family resemblance! Just too darn cute!

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  23. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead5:04 PM

    Thank you, Shel. I think Pete is a very handsome dog, and Scooter is just too cute.

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  24. Awwww...........There so cute! <3 We don't have a dog at our house, but my brother has a 6 month old black lab named sherlock (he's very nosy!) And we LOVE him! Thanks for a great post!<3

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  25. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:35 AM

    Thank you! Sherlock is a great name. :-)

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  26. Aw, what sweet dogs you have, Kathi:). And adorable names too! Love, Kelly

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  27. A. States12:30 PM

    I found your blog via the Homestead Barn Hop. I was so excited to finally hear from another proud owner of English Shepherds! Our English Shepherd is now 5 years old and is everything you mentioned about yours and more. He is actually a show dog too. Our daughter shows him as a 4H project. Would recommend the breed to anyone!

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  28. Very cute dogs! Sounds like an interesting breed. My "working dog" is a Great Pyrenees. I put working in quotes because it's such a lazy breed, ha. But they are really good dogs.

    (Found you on Oklahoma Women Bloggers' link up)

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  29. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead2:31 PM

    A. States - I've been a fan of the breed ever since I met Pete and Scooter's sire. He's an amazing dog! When I found out this would be his last litter, I talked hubby into another pup.

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  30. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead2:33 PM

    Lisa, I've had quite a few GP's too. They are also wonderful dogs, they just perform a different function. Mine would sleep all day but they were working at night, barking and keeping my livestock safe. My current outside dog Cracker is 1/2 GP.

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  31. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead3:02 PM

    Thank you, Kelly. :-)

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  32. They are both so sweet-looking. What a blessing dogs are. Thank you for sharing on The Maple Hill Hop this week!

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  33. I'd never heard of the English Shepherd. I like the idea of a dog having an ordered way of doing things.

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    1. Erica, these dogs are quite different in the way they think and act. Thank you for visiting.

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  34. Oh my goodness me what absolutely gorgeous dogs and thank you so much for adding them to #AimalTales. Their colouring and faces are adororable.

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