Molly with meat
This is Molly. She is the newest addition to our pack of dogs. The others are all livestock guardian herding dogs (LGHDs) who protect and herd our pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks and geese. Molly is showing potential and may get there in time. I did not expect that. I took her in because she needed a home. It was either here or the local shelter and given her advanced age (9 years) I feared what they would do with her.
This is one of those good news, bad news stories, sort of like the guy falling out of the airplane…
A friend of ours had the good fortune to come down with a very bad case of pneumonia this winter.
- The bad news is it almost killed him.
- The good news is he went to the hospital.
- The bad news is they had to operate.
- The good news is they cured him of the pneumonia.
- The bad news is on the way out they discovered he had lung cancer.
- The good news is it is very small, in the early stages and they are pretty sure he’ll live.
- The bad news is he can’t live out in his cabin in the woods anymore this winter while he heals.
- The good news is some friends took him in at their place.
- The bad news is they didn’t have room for all of his four dogs.
- The good news is we were able to take Molly.
They’ve had a good news, bad news winter but they are both alive. Life can be like that. I’ll think of Molly as a good news dog.
Since Molly has never done livestock herding, not been exposed to the animals and is older I did not have much expectation of her. That may change. She is showing interest in the animals, not in killing them. A very positive sign. She has taken on a guardian role for our homestead. She is taking her cues from our other dogs. She’s very bright and picks things up quickly. The other dog’s don’t want her around the livestock, yet, they block and place themselves between her and the pigs. They have accepted her into the pack. I succeeded in training Killer Kita so perhaps in not too long Molly will be a working dog too, earning her living on the farm. Molly already pays attention, she did from the start, and that is a mile ahead of where I started with Kita.
Coincidentally, two days after Molly arrived someone else who was sick called needing to find a home for his three huskies. It’s been a rough winter – I know a lot of people who’ve been seriously ill this year. Not everyone made it and the cold is not over yet. Winter is the trial by ice.
Outdoors: 39°F/12°F Overcast
Farm House: 43°F/37°F
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/59°F