Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our 'D' Litter

The last of our D litter will be leaving this week and we will be so sad to see Dakota leave.
I have been so fortunate to have been able to spend so much time with this litter and appreciate all the effort and devotion my daughter Hilary put in as well. I know how difficult it will be for her to say good-bye to Dakota...

I am so pleased with the new homes all of my puppies found and welcome 9 new people to the wonderful world of the Spanish Mastiff! The feedback from everyone has been so heart warming and I feel we did a very good job of matching up the right pups with the right people.
As one new owner put it "Their appeal should be considered a controlled substance" (as she prepares for the arrival of her second Spanish Mastiff pup)... I did warn her that the breed is addictive!!

The puppies that have gone to working farms are doing very well in their jobs and two have made the adjustment from goats to cattle very quickly (the others are still with goats).
Kudos to Norma and Laura for getting their pups enrolled in puppy training classes so quickly! At the rate Norma is going with Diva, I can see that girl earning her CGC in no time at all! Could there be therapy work in that pups future???

Thank you all and continue to enjoy your dogs! I am so happy to have "shared the love" of this magnificent breed with each and every one of you.

Lois Jordan

Monday, November 21, 2011

The new farm

The move to the new farm is pretty well complete now and we are loving the new place!

We are in a fabulous old farmhouse that has been well maintained (new roof, septic, electric, etc). The house has hardwood floors throughout and a walk in pantry that I find so cool!

Both the animals and I are absolutely wild about the barn (I think I talk about the barn more than the house LOL!) and we have it set up very nicely for the animals and our own convenience.  I would also like to add that it too has a new roof! ;-)

The does indoor pen is about 10x100 feet and has it's own private entrance/exit to their 8 acre pasture. The bucks are being housed at the far end of the barn in one of the 5 box stalls already built in for the winter (so we can do all the chores inside!) and they also have their own pasture fenced off temporarily. The bucks will be moved to a separate building on the property in the spring (what used to be a hog shed). The birds are penned in another large box stall that we enclosed with netting until they get used to this being their new home.
The dogs have the run of it all!


I am find it very interesting watching the dogs and the goats in their new environment! The dogs are keeping very close to the goats while they figure out what the predator situation may be here, and the goats no longer wander as far from the dogs as they did at the old place. I think that after 10 years of having LGD's at the old farm, the predators just steered clear of that property altogether and all the animals became comfortable with the status quo. The dogs and puppies are being extremely guardy and very much on top of every new sound and movement.

Life is wonderful!!

Lois Jordan