They are very well-trained and very loving to their pack (that's us now!).
German Shepherds are very intelligent dogs. It`s important that they are kept challenged.
These two came from a young family who spent a lot of time training them.
Puppies are adorable, but being able to find these really super dogs already trained is like winning a lottery.
At 82 lbs and 62 lbs respectively - they do fill up the house!
And hopefully I won`t be finding bear poop in the back yard anymore.
Jimena the alpaca kept a good eye on the dogs from the barnyard, alarming to the others quite often for the first few days. She's calmed down now. We've started walking the dogs through the pasture on their leads after supper on our way to one of the large back pastures that we use for off-leash exercise. The alpacas are curious and wary of the dogs, keeping their distance and a fenceline between them. Our other dogs never went to the barnyard or pastures. These dogs are more intent on keeping an eye on the ball-thrower ('Chuck-it') that we are carrying to the back field - they know it means loads of fun.
The chickens, though, are living dangerously. The other night, when we entered the alpaca pastures to walk through with the dogs, the chickens all decided they were going to follow us out to the fields and walked with us like a gang of minions within the danger zone of the dogs. I'm not sure what was going through the dogs minds or the chickens...although I am reminded how small a chicken brain is and perhaps how well-behaved a dog can be.
On the gardening front, we have proved that despite our lack of ability, our inexperience, the lack of rain, the groundhogs, the potato bugs, our lack of weed control (this gathers lots of 'Tsk, tsk'ing from other gardeners)...we still get to eat!
Think about what we can produce when we get better at this!!!
Despite making oven-baked zucchini sticks, whole wheat zucchini load with blueberries and pecans, garlic and parmesan fried zucchini, freezing shredded zuchinni for winter use and adding zucchini to everything I cook...alas, we are swimming (almost drowning) in zucchini.
My daughter thought we had found our calling when she discovered how many zucchinis were hiding under those big leaves.
I've written enticing sales ads for the zucchinis that I've given away at work.
The neighbours don't eat zucchini apparently (what!).
But my daughter is an optimist and future entreprenuer.