We have added 3 goats, 4 hens and a rooster named Happy to our little farm. These livestock will be bred and raised ultimately for food, and will be cared for naturally, pasture fed, and toxin free. All animals on our farm are pets while they are here and are attended to accordingly, humanely and lovingly.
|Eve, born Christmas Eve 2014, Boer/Kiko cross doe|
|Jimmy, born 3-8-16 Tennessee Fainting/Pygmy/Nigerian cross Billy|
|Pearl, 1.5 year old Pygmy/mix breed doe|
|My pack meeting Eve for the first time.|
|Dixie, our first meeting.|
When I got her, Dixie was a very nervous 6 month old. I suspect the puppies were too young to be removed from their mother and this affected her personality. The family she first lived with also had 5 active special needs children, 3 older grumpy dogs and very busy parents and in my opinion this just wasn't the best situation for this girl. She did not know how to walk on a leash and was very scared of every sound and person.
Slowly, she started to relax and learn how to be a dog.
In August, we took Dixie, along with Cooter, to a Barn Hunt Fun Trial. We wanted to expose her to more dogs and people, new experiences and see if she would enjoy hunting Rats. She did good with all the new sights, smells and people, but was too leery of the people watching to concentrate on hunting rats. She did sniff the rat, but then noticed the people crowded around the ring and got scared and retreated to the corner. We may try again when she gains more confidence.
We are walking as a pack several times a week, several miles around our neighborhood and this is helping Dixie to gain confidence.
Dixie loves the wading pool and will even lay down in it to cool off.
All 3 girls were in heat in August, but none were bred because we dont prefer to have puppies in the wintertime. The next heat cycle should be approximately February 2017 and pending a couple more committed families waiting for puppies, we will plan on breeding then. I am not sure what female we will be breeding with Cooter this time but I'm sure the puppies will be precious! The puppies would then be born in approximately April or early May (59-63 days gestation) and ready to go to their new homes in July(at 8 weeks old minimum) . If you are interested in a 2017 NWCD puppy, see Puppy Information & Application and get your completed application to me ASAP!
|Learning to hunt from Cooter|
Trying to get a nice group picture.
I am currently working on getting the required pictures of Dixie in order to have her reviewed by Dr Brisbin for addition to the UKC registry and studbook. She is still young, so is rarely still and is reluctant to "pose" for pictures. I will update as we move through this process.
Remember to check our Youtube page for videos of my pack! NWCD YouTube page
So that is the major things that have been going on with us. Let us know what you think about our new additions!