January 19, 2015

Watching Rosie Grow

Rosie, our Great Pyrenees/Anatolian puppy, has been here nearly two months now. She weighed just under 20 pounds when we got her.

Rosie and Cracker - Cracker is a Pyrenees/mastiff cross.

She's grown at a phenomenal rate. This is how she looks at four months old, below. She's as big as Scooter, my ten-month-old English Shepherd pup, and bigger than Sissy, hubby's two-year-old border collie mix. She's doubled in size in two months.

She stays in her own pen inside the goat pen unless I'm outside to keep an eye on her. I don't trust any puppy to be around livestock and poultry full-time without supervision. When I'm working outside I open her gate so she can spend time with the goats. She tries to kiss them all; they try to headbutt her. She is learning her place in the herd.

Each day I let her into the yard for awhile so she can play with the other dogs.

They patrol the fenceline around the yard. That's Rosie, followed by Scooter, followed by Sissy. They march in a well-ordered line.

This is what happens when you walk barefoot through a patch of burrs.

Just playing, but look at those teeth! She looks ferocious, doesn't she. She never backs down, even in play.

Cracker declined to be photographed; he'd had enough of puppy shenanigans and took off to check out the ravines at the back of the property for coyotes and other varmints. Someday Rosie will join him in protecting our property and livestock, but I hope she'll want to stay in the barnyard and goat pen rather than follow him into the wilderness.

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  1. Wow, she has really grown!

  2. Oh, she is beautiful!! It is amazing how quickly they grow. I would love to get a livestock guardian...for now I'm stuck with my big "brave" labs!

  3. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead6:48 AM

    Harknessangels, she really has! She's more than doubled in size in two months.

    Monica, labs can be brave too! Any dog that barks and leaves its scent around the place is a help.

  4. What a wonderful post, thanks for sharing about your posts at Good Morning Mondays, I always enjoy reading them. Blessings

  5. You dogs are so beautiful! We have a 2 yr old dog we rescued and I still don't trust her unsupervised around the poultry! Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!

  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:17 PM

    Thank you, Mindie. Some dogs are never trustworthy around poultry, the birds are just too tempting. Our 3-year-old dog Cracker is finally leaving the chickens alone; I think a rooster must have beat him up because he won't even look at them now!

  7. oh, puppies are fun, aren't they? We looked at Pyrenees breed after our dog died this summer. They are wonderful but we didn't feel like we really had enough work for them. We got a couple of puppies (mutts) from a friend of my sister and other than your usual puppy shenanigans they have been great. Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.


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