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Sadie is Growing Up

Sadie at 3 1/2 months

This has got to be one of the most loving pups we have ever had in our home.  She came to us with some bad habits but in three months they’ve all been corrected or being worked on.  Sadie will be eight months old next week and she has stopped chasing the chickens,  she’s learning not to jump up on everyone that comes to the farm, she’s treeing squirrels and she not afraid of Donald our drake anymore.  She has learned to stay away from the cattle and she alerts us to new guests that arrive.  She does get overly-excited when anyone comes to visit especially our kids and granddaughter.

I still bring her in the house at night or we would get no sleep. She barks at everything that moves!!!

I’m sure this will change once she becomes more aware of the wild animals that are lurking about at night and the not so wild ones!  In the meantime, she’s our baby and some hunting/training will begin more strictly once hay season is finished and Eddie has more time to train her to a lead and get her out in the woods on a more frequent basis. Until then I will keep up the simple training in the yard and on a daily basis.

Sadie sits peacefully with me as we had our breakfast.

She is not full grown yet and has so much energy.  Norwegian Elkhounds are wonderful dogs and very protective of their owners.

Sadie

She’s growing like a weed, smart as a whip, and so very, very affectionate.

Sadie turned five months old this month and it’s hard to believe we’ve had her for a little over a month!  She has turned into quite a guard dog by barking when someone comes in, if she sees someone walking along the road, if the bulls move from one side of the bull lot to the other, and especially if the newborn calves are running and playing.

Last night we had a stray dog come to visit and the hair was standing all along the top of her back, from head to tail.  She was going to eat it alive!  We don’t know who it belongs to but it soon left.  It was solid black with a blue rhinestone collar that lit up when our spotlight hit it.  Sadie yipped  and growled until we went to bed.

She’s just as beautiful as she was when we got her and we’re just as in love with her now as we were a month ago.  Her favorite toy our is our coonhound Mischief and they will play all day.  She has learned that it’s not polite to run the chickens and ducks and now we’re concentrating on NOT chasing cars from our house or anywhere for that matter.  She’s a bit intimidated by the tractors and she still does not like riding in the vehicles or the gator but we’re still working on that.  Sadie loves walking in the woods and when there’s no wind we go on family walks with her.  Eddie hoping we’ll eventually run across some squirrels during our walks.  She has already treed one below Mischiefs doghouse but didn’t stay with it very long since she couldn’t find it once it went up the tree.

More updates to come on her growth and progress!  Enjoy your animals!

Sadie Is Growing

On February 20th Sadie turned four months old and the things she has learned in the short time we’ve had her is amazing.  She goes to the door and looks back at us when she wants/needs to go out. The potty training is going amazingly!  She has figured out how to get out of the yard gate to go visit with Mischief, our coon hound.  When the ATV starts up she knows Dad is going to the woods or to feed the bulls.  She knows when I go to the kitchen it’s mealtime.  She’s learned the sounds of our vehicles and waits at the door for visitors barking her head off.  She has learned how to wake Mom up to go outside (barking by my bed) or when she thinks it’s time for everyone to get up. She has learned that “down” means to stay down and not jump up on us.  She has learned that there are moles in our front yard and she’s determined to get them for me no matter how many holes she has to dig.  Yard gardening is going to be a challenge this spring!!! 🙂

She is growing like a weed! When we got her on the 11th she weighed about 8 pounds and now she’s up to 10 pounds.

Because we’ve had so much rain and she loves being outside I have to put down heavy paper in the path she uses from the front door to through the kitchen.

The look we get when she wants out.

She does not like to ride in the vehicles.  We took a ride yesterday afternoon on our road to check out the flood damage and she got sick before we could get back home.  Poor thing was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chair!!!

She looks big in these photos but she’s only about 20 inches long and almost 12 inches tall.  She’ll be full-grown before we know it.

We were supposed to keep our son’s black lab this weekend but I asked him to hold off a couple more months because Sadie is so little and Bucky is a full-grown pup that loves to wrestle and I’m afraid he may hurt it for now.  We’ll let them visit before too long though and she’ll have another playmate.

I’m praising her a lot but she still has an issue with my chickens and wants to chase anything that runs so we’ll be doing some heavy training in that regard.  Bucky likes to chase the chickens too and their togetherness might just get a little out of hand.  More updates on her growth and training to come.

 

A NEW GIRL ON THE FARM

Farms always have a lot of varmints and I guess, towns do too but we seem to be overrun with them.  After Sassy died two years ago the varmints have become very brazen and are in the yard as much as out of it!  We’ve wanted another dog on the farm mainly to keep such critters at bay yet we wanted one we would train and not someone else’s with attributes that are not particularly farm and socially attractive!!  I’m not ready for another Sassy (cocker spaniel) yet.

Sassy at three months.

We’ve had several dogs and cats in our 47 years and have always been partial to Cockers and Norwegian Elkhounds which we have had at least five in those 47 years.  We’ve had different people checking in their areas for the Elkhounds and over the weekend we found our new girl!

This is our new girl on the farm, Sadie. She is a Norwegian Elkhound and fours months old next week.

She is so very smart and is learning a lot in the four days she has been with us.

She was NOT potty trained but in four days has learned that all she has to do is going to the front door and whine to go out.  I’m doing a lot of “pooper scooping: in the yard at the moment because we don’t want her to be free to go just anywhere without us.  At six months we are hoping we’ll be able to leave the front yard gate open at night so she can ward off varmints or alert us that they are encroaching on her territory!!  Yesterday she met Arby and Samson, two of our huge black Angus bulls and she barked her little self crazy until they took a step near her and then she was between my feet. The bulls didn’t pay much attention to her.   Later in the morning while we were doing some fence repairs in the heifer lot she decided to let the heifers know that she was the new boss in town.  These heifers weigh around 750-850 pounds each and are due any day to have their first calves and they don’t like dogs!  Anyway, Sadie decided to walk out into the middle of the herd and give them the devil but not even five minutes later you would have thought the devil was on her heels.  She came screaming back toward us and ran into a woven wire fence which she could not get through and headed around the corner of the orchard fence and straight into our arms, peeing and pooping all the way.  She was literally petrified and we were laughing ourselves to death.  She did learn to stay away from those girls because today I took her for a walk with me to put mail out for the postman and instead of staying close to me as we walked the driveway along the heifer lot Sadie made a broad path about twenty feet on the opposite side of the driveway and growling all the way to the mailbox and back!!!

She is a beautiful dog and we hope to have many good years with her.

Our next learning lesson will be to not jump up on us or visitors and to teach her not to chase the chickens or ducks. I have lots of faith that she will learn quickly!!

We are also trying to get her used to riding in the farm trucks with us.  She is scared of riding and of vehicles.  The day we bought her home we had to put her in a dog crate on the back of the truck and I’m so glad we had it because she was very ill riding in the back of the truck.  We will start with short trips on the farm and on our road until she feels more comfortable.  Yesterday during our second trip riding out the 1/8 mile driveway she tried to jump out of my arms and out the truck window.  I also learned a very valuable lesson on this trip, leave the windows up until she is more comfortable riding in the truck!!!

So for now, I will be kept very busy during our very wet season, mopping the floors and keeping the yard as clean as I can.  We’re expecting the kids to come visit her for the first time this weekend.  I think she’ll love them as much as she loves us!!

Sassy

A couple weeks ago Sassy, our last “child” was having a terrible time finding a place cool enough to sleep. She panted a lot at night, moved from room to room and wanted outside in the bitter cold a lot.

Sassy likes her bed during storms.

Sassy likes her bed during storms.

Sassy is a blonde cocker spaniel and like her “mommie” she about 20 pounds overweight.  Her coat is as thick as a Dorset sheep and I mean really wooly!!

My precious wooley girl, Sassy!

My precious wooly girl, Sassy!

We tried to wait on her spring trip to the beauty shop (four or five times a year is why she is so wooly).  She was miserable and we needed a full night of sleep so I call Robin our wonder groomer of Classy Pets and Robin had an opening which we grabbed.

All of the ear rubbing and treats all the way to the groomer did not calm Sassy down much because as soon as we went down the mountain and took a right on Rt 311, she knew what was coming!  Four hours later my baby came home excited and couldn’t wait to get in the house in her warm bed.  She looks 20 pounds lighter don’t you think???

Sassy girl with her new do.

Sassy girl with her new do.

Wrinkles do show up more if you cut your hair!  :)

Wrinkles do show up more if you cut your hair! 🙂  She has a crooked smile due to a mini stroke a couple of years ago.  

She doesn't look as thin from the side view but neither do I.

She doesn’t look as thin from the side view but neither do I.

Chilling Weather and Orphaned chickens

It was still dark when I left for work last Thursday morning at -5* and Eddie said it would drop more as it became daylight.  He had both stoves going when I got home that night, extra bedding in the dog boxes, extra hay left in the woods for the cows, wood boxes filled to overflowing, made sure new chickens given by a friend of his were settling in and he’s taking them warm water several times a day.  The house was a “toasty 81*” when I got home but the wind was howling and made it feel like 75*.  We even threw on an extra blanket and the bedroom window was closed.  Even though my waist isn’t thinning I believe my blood may be!!  I think the winter is just getting started this year and we’ve lots more cold, wind and snow yet to come.
As for the new chickens, a friend of my husbands had to get rid of them because they were eating his neighbors cat food everyday.  This has caused my usual 3-5 eggs a day to  jump to 12-18!!!  French toast in the making!!  Custard pies on the horizon (to heck with the weight)!!  Egg salad for lunch!  I could go on and on and of course we can’t forget the infamous fried egg sandwich w/cheese!!​  Of course, our benefactor will receive free eggs for a time.

I think he is a crossed Americauna, small but handsome!

I think he is a crossed Americauna, small but handsome!

Barred Rocks

Barred Rocks

Different breeds but beautiful eggs.

Different breeds but beautiful eggs.

Got to think of a name for him.

Got to think of a name for him.

Very pretty hen and very friendly.

Very pretty hen and very friendly.

They stay together most of the time and don't mingle with my old girls.

They stay together most of the time and don’t mingle with my old girls.

The new chickens and my old chickens fought each other most of the day and the rooster that came with them is thankfully one of a kind and will not be with us long.  I want a Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Black Orpington or a Dominique.  Sussex and Americana are beautiful and good egg layers.  I’ll check around in the spring when some of my girls tend to get broody!!
My older hens stick close to the hen-house and aren’t ranging out very far but there’s a very good reason.  A couple of weeks ago a bird hawk, smaller than my hens, decided to invade the inside of the henhouse and killed two of my hens and the day before we found Ms. Crow dead in front of the door.  We have a feeling the hawk got it as well but couldn’t carry her off.  The hens are still skittish and stay close to buildings they can get under fast.  They quit laying for a couple of days or are dropping the eggs outside of the nesting area.
This winter is the first in a long time that I’ve had to buy store-bought eggs and glad it was only for a couple of weeks.  There’s nothing like fresh eggs from the farm.  The eggs are coming more generously now and I can start selling them again but we’ve decided to raise the price on them to $2.00 per dozen because the  is needing a new roof and we’ve had to supplement their feed with scratch grains because of the very cold winter.  Keep them fat and the cold won’t hurt so bad!!  We don’t believe in heated and lighted chicken houses.  We keep everything as natural as possible.
On another note, Fuzzy is missing!!

Fuzzy, my orphaned cat.  She was dropped at our home long before we arrived and survived wild until I finally coaxed her to my lap!!

Fuzzy, my orphaned cat. She was dropped at our home long before we arrived and survived wild until I finally coaxed her to my lap!!

I haven’t seen her since last Wednesday when she came to meet when I got home from work.  I fed her that evening and haven’t seen her since.  She left once before for about four days but this has been over  a week and I’m so afraid a coyote pack got her.  I hope I go home today and she has returned.

Treats for Sassy

This is Sassy, a blonde cocker spaniel that has as you can see never missed a meal.

With a full coat and she loves the snow!!  We have her sheared three or four times a year.

With a full coat and she loves the snow!! We have her sheared three or four times a year.

We’re trying to cut back on her food a little and I will honestly tell you she eats what we eat.  One of the benefits of having our own farm is being able to hunt on our own land.  We do love venison and use it in so many way but that’s another post.  The reason for this post is to tell you that one of the most nutritious and weight conscious things we feed  Sassy is our own homemade deer jerky with no seasoning or additives.

Finished jerky!  We freeze it as soon as it's completely dry and pull out what we need for a week of treats.

Finished jerky! We freeze it as soon as it’s completely dry and pull out what we need for a week of treats.

Hubby will take a shoulder of a deer and partially freeze it and then thinly slice it on his meat saw.  I then layer it in our dehydrator at 155* for about 6-7 hours until very dry and then pack it in ziploc freezer bags and pop it in the freezer.  Depending on the size of the deer, we usually get three gallon bags of dried jerky from each shoulder.

Our dehydrator is very easy to use and so easy to cleanup.

Our dehydrator is very easy to use and so easy to cleanup.

The drawers are deep and easy to fill.  Half a shoulder will fill it up.

The drawers are deep and easy to fill. Half a shoulder will fill it up.

Packaged and ready for the freezer or be eaten.

Packaged and ready for the freezer or be eaten.

My daughter takes three or four deer hams and has a jerky spice recipe she uses for their own use, not for the dog.

My daughter takes three or four deer hams and has a jerky spice recipe she uses for their own use, not for the dog.

Sassy is a pretty lucky and spoiled cocker spaniel!!  We love her to death!

Sassy is a pretty lucky and spoiled cocker spaniel!! We love her to death!

Sassy get a slice for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacktime, and bedtime, well, she wishes she got it that much but she does love it.

Sassy is our little girl!

Sassy is our little girl!

 

I HATE SNAKES OF ANY KIND

Normally we don’t see many snakes at the farm but this year Sassy and Gyp have had encounters with two big blacksnakes and they were mean.  You can by looking at the pictures that the dogs kept their distance.  This one hubby found coming around the back of the house.
IMG_0012  IMG_0007  IMG_0004  IMG_0002  IMG_0011Sassy kept this one bayed for an hour after our daughter ran over it in the driveway.  It was headed to the pond and the birdhouses.  They eat all the baby birds and baby rabbits they can find.

Sassy and the blacksnake 2013.

Sassy and the blacksnake 2013.

 

Lots of people won’t kill snakes because they supposely keep away poisonous snakes but believe me folks that’s a lot of   “blahooey”.  We seen them together at the home we lived at when the kids were growing up.  We’ve found them in the hen house full of my chicken eggs.  They’ve killed my little chickens.  Hubby found this one in one of the storage buildings that had a broken window.  I would have had a heart attack if I had walked in on this and I think it scared him pretty good too.  He came and got me so I could take these pictures.

Black snake sunning in the window of a storage house we have on the farm.

Black snake sunning in the window of a storage house we have on the farm.

 

As far as I’m concerned, the only good snake is a dead snake!!  I’ve said my peace!!  The dogs don’t like them either!

 

 

 

 

 

Gyps new playmate

If you’ll remember, back in April I had an orphan calf, named Annabelle.  She was orphaned because her mom died shortly after her birth.  A few days before this,  we got a new puppy we named, Gyp.  Gyp was barely six weeks old when we got her and she made up with Annabelle quickly.  They played in the yard together and it was fun watching them run after each other.

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About two, maybe three weeks after this, we had another cow deliver a dead calf and she had so much milk and was grieving her calf bad.  Hubby decided to try a little trick he learned a long time ago and tricked the mama cow into taking Annabelle within 12 hours of losing her own calf.  Mama was happy, Annabelle was happy, we were happy but little Gyp was not allowed to play with Annabelle anymore.  Annabelle’s new mom did not like dogs around her little one.

We played with Gyp as much as we could and Sassy our cocker spaniel did not like this rowdy pup at all.  BUT, one of our new hounds, Roxie, loved horsing around with her and now that Gyp has gotten used to her, they are tried and true friends.  This is great for us because hubby is hoping that Roxie will teach Gyp all the tricks of running coons.  Everyone is happy!!  Here’s the two at play and we can’t believe how much baby Gyp has grown.  In one month, she has tripled size and doubled her weight.

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Belle is missing!!

Would those followers of mine be on the lookout for an eleven year old Walker hound.  She has a collar with our name and phone number on it.  We’ve only had Belle for about three weeks and she’s such a lovable hound.  Hubby was coon hunting with her and Roxy on Saturday night on Little Mountain in front of our house.  They treed once in a den tree and hubby pulled them off the tree and moved on.  They took off for awhile and Roxy came back but Belle didn’t.  I”m so afraid she is hurt and can’t get back.  We’ve had her such a short time that I don’t have a picture of her but will post one that looks a lot like her so you’ll know what a Walker looks like if she should come in to your place.  I’m sure she’s cold and hungry now.  She’s very friendly and we want her home bad.  Hubby is hunting in the same area tonight hoping she’ll hear Roxy and come to him.  We got Roxy and Belle from the same owner who gave them to hubby because he was getting too old to hunt them and they love coon hunting.  Those of you that live near know our phone number and can call anytime.   Here’s a picture of Brandy who we think is Belle’s litter mate as they came from the same original owner and both are eleven years old.  Belle is much whiter in the face.

Brandy

Brandy

Orphans at the farm

I love babies of all kinds and have raised two kids of my own but I’ve also raised several orphan animals and thought I would share some pictures of them.  It’s very gratifying finding them quick enough to get some warm food in them, warm blankets around them and a good warm bath no matter if they’re furbearing or feathered.  Here’s some of my babes:

 

Heather & Shawn, my beautiful children.

Heather & Shawn, my beautiful children.

My gorgeous granddaughter, Victoria. I didn't raise her but had her with me every moment I could!!!

My gorgeous granddaughter, Victoria. I didn’t raise her but had her with me every moment I could!!!

 

Sassy - our current baby!!

Sassy – our current baby!!

 

Sassy  & Dandy

Sassy & Dandy

 

Brandy

Brandy

 

Annie and the triplets

Annie and the triplets

Baby

Baby

 

Precious and Bambi

Precious and Bambi

 

Cuddles

Cuddles

 

Little Dan - now he's all grown up.

Little Dan – now he’s all grown up.

 

Baby chicks

Baby chicks

Half grown mallard babies

Half grown mallard babies

 

Baby Dude

Baby Dude

Fuzzy

Fuzzy

 

Baby Alex & Alexandra-dogs made them orphans

Baby Alex & Alexandra-dogs made them orphans

 

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

Garth

Garth

Roxy

Roxy

I can’t begin to tell you of all of the cats, dogs, fawns, squirrels, calves, rabbits, chicks and ducks I’ve hand raised but I can tell you everyone of them was worth the challenge!!