Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Learning the Ropes...

Boone....showing the new girl how things are done.

See, when she's in the house, you sit here and stare in at her, and if that doesn't work, you pant real loud...like this....

When we get treats we have to sit down and be really good and cute--see how I make my eyes kinda big and hopeful?..uh..well do the best you can with those eyes..

It's okay to lick your lips and slobber 'cause then she knows you really are appreciating the thoughts of that treat.

Ashley looking at buzzards


Come on kid, you gots lots to learn, but stick with me, I'll show you how it's done


Things are going quite well, as the new 'pack' forms. I'm very proud of Boone as he has adjusted so much more quickly than I expected. They have been in the yard together for a couple of days (still only when I'm around though), with no problems. The first time Ashley barked, I freaked, Boone freaked--I was sure she was under attack, and Boone just couldn't figure out what was going on! So we both went running out there, and Ashley was like, what?, I'm guarding the place from buzzards, okay?

We've went on a couple of walks. She does really good on the leash, but is very worried, and stays close. She runs around the place checking things out (which is perimeter fenced) and comes when called. Very energetic, which neither Boone and I are used to, since the collie girls were 'aged' when he came. However she isn't crazy puppyish either, which is nice.

Boone has been more alert and active since she came, and seems to enjoy having someone to putter around with. He was actually waiting at the yard gate when I came home today, from the big city. He hadn't been doing that since Ariel died.

So far so good, and I'm happy it's moving along better than anticipated. We are almost ready for group hugs! ;-)

9 comments:

Nancy K. said...

What a delightful post! Your comments for Boone are right on!

I'm so glad that the two are getting to know each other. I suspect that they'll soon be best friends ~ after YOU, of course!

;-)

~Tonia said...

Pics are cute and love the captions! Our neighbor had a Collie like that. He seemed to be the laziest dog but on full moons when the coyotes were out he was patroling our place (our neighbors didnt have anything to guard). He would warn the Coyotes away and i felt safer for my goats knowing he was out there!! I never did have trouble with predators much between him and the other neighbors great Pyrenees and Anatolian dogs. Even though I did ake up very early one mornign to find the neighbor dogs in the goat pen with them rounded up... I didnt appreciate that much even though I knew they were just doing there job my goats werent used to them...
Anyway Cute post!!

phylliso said...

Awwww,they look so happy together.Thank-you so much for your comment,I really need to stop feeling sorry for myself & do what you said.I believe getting shot down like I did at the Virginia collie rescue hurt me so bad{she didn`t want a certain collie to be adopted out of state,he had the same story Max did so I felt we would bond together & was heartbroken to learn he had been with the shelter for 3 years,she & I got into it over that,then she did adopt him out of state to another shelter worker in South Carolina}that I was afraid to apply again.I love seeing pics of yours`she looks so happy to be there.Has she tried to herd your sheep yet?Max would get in the goats pen & whine with excitement as he rounded them up in a ball.I didn`t allow him to do it but a couple of times,I was afraid him being so old they may hurt him,but it was rewarding to see what he was bred to do came instinctly to him.Thanks for sharing,phylliso

kristi said...

She is so beautiful Tammy!! What a wonderful addition to your home and obviously Boone is quite taken by his new buddy.....poor girl is gonna get a lot of slobber in that beautiful coat of hers....perhaps she should get a hat:)

Pat in east TN said...

Your captions in the beginning sure made me laugh, and I am so proud of Boone for accepting his new sister so quickly AND Ashley for protecting you and Boone from the buzzards! HA!

TJ said...

Ashley can learn a few things from The Boonester,like drooling. There's a technique to it, I learn as I grow older. Atta boy Boone I knew you could do it. He looks very happy with his new friend. And she must be very socialized to fit in as good as she doing.

Vicki Lane said...

I love seeing how happy Boone looks. And the new girl is such a beauty!

The Frugal Shrink said...

I *love* Boone's "hopeful" face!!! Ashley looks like a happy girl and I'm glad that big ol' Boone has a new little sis.

Tammy said...

Thanks everyone. Things are going very well. I'm proud of the big Boone, and happy with Ashley's sweet personality. They are pretty good buds already. Kristi you sure nailed it--Ashley has been slimed a few times already and goes around with half her head wet from Boone's slobbers.
Tammy