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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!!

January 17th was a very sad day

It’s taken me a month to write this because I start crying!  In January 2004 this little lady was given to me from my husband for a Christmas gift.

Sassy was born on December 8, 2004 and she came to live with us six weeks later.

Sassy was born on December 8, 2004 and she came to live with us six weeks later.

Everyone instantly fell in love with her!

Everyone instantly fell in love with her!  She was also the runt of the litter.

Due to the fact that it has taken me two weeks to get this far in the post I will just show you some of our pictures of her as she grew.  It’s just too hard to put into words what a special dog/pet/family member she was!!

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Sassy twelve years later!!

Sassy twelve years later!!

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Gyp is growing so fast

Here she is at two months:

Wrestling with Cuddles

Wrestling with Cuddles

Wrestling with Belle

Wrestling with Belle

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Wrestling with her frog!

Here she is at four 1/2 months yesterday:

IMG_0042  IMG_0041  IMG_0040  Hubby has big training and hunting plans for her this fall.  Our little munchkin is growing up fast!!  She’ll soon be as big as the rest of the hounds.

SASSY – Our baby!

 

Miss Personality is all you have to say!!  She’s a blonde cocker spaniel and she things she rules the roost around here.  She sleeps between us most every night.  She hates a bath and trips to the beauty shop.  She loves rooting around in the garden, digging under boards, chasing chipmunks & groundhogs, and she loves to hunt.  She is my tracking dog during deer season and she bearly tolerates our two outside cats.  Here’s out Sassy:

 

 

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Sassy and Buckwheat

Sassy and Buckwheat

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Really???????????

Waiting for mommie to come home.

Waiting for mommie to come home.

Baby Sassy-three weeks.

Baby Sassy-three weeks.

Sassy at 8 weeks with Aunt Bandit Ann.

Sassy at 8 weeks with Aunt Bandit Ann.

Fishing with Dad.

Fishing with Dad.

Snuggling with Dad.

Snuggling with Dad.

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4-wheeling with Dad.

4-wheeling with Dad.

Bath time is not fun!!

Bath time is not fun!!

Sassy four weeks old.

Sassy four weeks old.

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Sassy guarding the syrup

 

I know there’s a mouse or a chipmunk under those boards and if I wait long enough he’ll come out and he’s mine!!!!!!!!!sassy surveying the snow 2009

sassy taking nap at heathers 2005

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SLEEPY SASSY 2009