This is a pack of fat, happy babies! Eyes are all at least partially open, if you look close, you might be able to tell.
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Our Spanish Mastiffs, love their kiddie pools! We have them in different areas on the property for our dogs because they work hard guarding our livestock, poultry, and home and ask nothing in return. They are brave, loyal, and are wonderful companions as well as guardians. One of our ways of showing gratitude is to make their job a little more comfortable and of course it’s always so much fun to watch them play!
A really great benefit of raising puppies in a pack atmosphere is that there are usually one or two dogs who act as mentors to puppies. During the first few months, this is a fairly easy job. However, as puppies head into adolescence they require more attention, especially if there is only one. Because they don’t have a puppy partner in crime, they usually have one or two lambs or kids who are willing to jump around and play with them. As cute as this seems, it’s a bad habit that must never be allowed to get started. While I love hearing from my buyers how well their 14 week old babies are doing, the real test comes between the ages of 6 months up to around 18 months. This is when they really need to be supervised, because they’re big enough to actually injure a lamb or ewe and to develop chasing behaviors that quickly become very difficult to break. Cabo, our 8 month old Spanish import, has been toying with the idea over the past week or two, so he is now in with Sele and Oso during the day. Oso, is kind dog, he will place himself between lambs and Cabo, if they look like they’re getting feisty, but keeps things pretty cool. Sele, on the other hand, is a little more proactive. In this video, she had just put Cabo on the ground for being too forward with these lambs, and is watching to make sure he doesn’t repeat the livestock foul. Watch the body language going on between all three dogs, excuse the occasional fingers in the shot, and enjoy the video!
I love walking out in the afternoon to this scene, and I get it in some form on a daily basis! No puppies, kidding, or lambing until Spring now, it’s not yet time for Fall breeding, we just have a few weeks of down time for everyone, and really, it’s too hot for anything else! Sele and Oso don’t even have to supervise Brava and Cabo at the moment because they’re passed out in the shade too!