Hillbillies Week 6.5

Here they are….everyone has doubled in weight over the past two weeks, they grow so fast….I don’t think I’ve seen a more confident litter of puppies! They’ve been out with the sheep, pigs, poultry and other pack members and while some of the older puppies were a little over rambunctious with the new kids initially, Marcia made it very clear that was not acceptable behavior and things have calmed down. I’ll be calling my buyers over the next week and discussing the individual puppies characteristics, and personality traits, and will be posting several videos of puppies interacting with the livestock and pack members. For now, here are individual shots taken this afternoon of each puppy.

Amos
Sookie
Jed
Jethro
Harley
Lulu
Opie
Dixie
Sadie

Hillbillies Week 5

This was a busy week for everyone! Puppies moved outside and humans tore down and replaced fencing, removed some old dead trees, trimmed hooves and banded the last of the lambs. No individual photos this week but here’s a couple of photos of the older dogs checking out the new babies and a a cute video. See you next week!

The Hillbillies are 4 weeks old!

They’re growing like weeds and are so cute! They just had lunch so their faces might be a little wet from the pre photo shoot face washings. Each photo has name, collar color and weight as of today…. there’s also a pretty cute video, enjoy!

Opie pink collar 6.1 lbs
Opie pink collar 6.1 lbs

Sadie yellow collar 5.1 lbs
Sadie yellow collar 5.1 lbs

Dixie aqua collar 5.2 lbs
Jethro red collar 5.9 lbs

Harley purple collar 7.8 lbs
Harley purple collar 7.8 lbs

Sookie green collar 6.6 lbs
Sookie green collar 6.6 lbs

Jethro red collar 5.9 lbs
Dixie aqua collar 5.1lbs

Jed gray collar 5.4 lbs
Jed gray collar 5.4 lbs

Amos lt blue collar 6.1 lbs
Amos light blue collar 6.1 lbs

Lulu lavender collar 6.1 lbs.
Lulu lavender collar 6.1 lbs

 

 

 

Ymir and Bella are really growing up fast!

And what a couple of beauties they are! These almost yearling pups have been on their own guarding our pregnant does for the past two months and are doing a spectacular job. I’m really looking forward to kidding in March, even if we are having some very interesting weather fluctuations (these photos were taken one day after the video!) Thank you Natasha Prudnik and Laura Underwood for two fabulous young dogs❤️

Hillbillies – Week 2.5

Finally, here they are! Because I’m so late posting, we retook photos today so they’d be up to date; which means I won’t be taking more until next Wednesday. I will, however, post video of these cuties interacting sometime midweek, when everyone has their names and new collars. Right now, if they aren’t toddling around the whelping box, they really like to sleep as close to this electric fireplace as possible, which is why the weird screen is in front of it. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Boy #1

Boy #1

Boy #2

Boy #2

Boy #3

Boy #3

Boy #4

Boy #4

Girl #1

Girl #1

Girl #2

Girl #2

Girl #3

Girl #3

Girl #4

Girl #4

Girl #5

Girl #5

The Hillbillies are a week old!

Posts like this…what more can you want?

I’m so very proud of Juno! I’m also proud of her owner. She started Juno in the house and went on to take her with her at chore time, when she took her goats on walks in the woods, and generally made her place in the dynamic very clear. This isn’t the first story about what a great protector or nurturer one of our puppies has grown into; I have others and maybe I’ll even get around to posting them some day.  This is what a combination of good working bloodlines and time spent with your dog will get you. As her breeder….this right here pretty much made my week❤️

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Sheep drama, and Cabo….the laidback one.

We had a very interesting start to our morning today. Full of sheep drama, and worried dogs. At about 1:30 I went out to check on everyone….all was quiet. I went back in, banked the fire and went to sleep. At 5:30 I woke up to the sound of multiple new lambs crying. I threw on some sweats and some shoes and walked outside. The first thing I saw was two ewes wrestling and head butting each other. Then 3 very newborn lambs mulling around crying, Cabo trying to break up the ewes, and Marcia standing between the fighting ewes and the lambs. Both looked at me as if to say “a little help over here!”

Apparently the two ewes had lambed right next to each other at about the same time. The older ewe had a pair of twins, and knew which two were hers. However, the other ewe, a first time mama at some point after cleaning her baby became confused and was butting her lamb, while trying to steal one of the other lambs. After segregating the new mama and her lamb, she figured it out….and all was peaceful. Cabo and Marcia were very relieved, and Besi went back to sleep, because she’s Besi.

Here’s a video of Cabo demonstrating his chill personality during another labor and delivery….

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And one of Cabo telling Marcia in not so chill terms to get away from his ewe and her lambs….they do have their favorites!

What we’ve been doing for the last hour….

I promised video and photos of Marcia, when I had a chance to watch one of our ewes lamb. It happened at dusk so the quality isn’t great. Notice Cabo and Besi are staying back with me….they’re old hands and know how I feel about invading the ewes space.