June 18th 2011 4:01 pm
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Wow, it has been hot so far this summer. I don't even follow mom and her dogs through the woods everyday anymore. I spend most of my time in front of my fan on the porch. I don't know how those young pups do it. They are always out there running around with mom and playing and jumping and running all over the place. I'm like, no thanks mom I'm comfortable right where I am. They are just an active bunch. They jump in and out of the fish pond to stay cool. They seem to have a really good time though, so I can't fault them too much. Wish I still had all that puppy energy.
April 28th 2011 2:18 am
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I was never 'officially' adopted from a rescue group or anything. People know my human family works with a lot of rescue dogs and so one day I got tossed over a fence and found myself scared and alone. I wandered around and finally found a house, now my home. My new family came out and talked real nice to me. I was so scared, I just cowered down and would not look at them.
They fed me and took care of me until I got up the courage to be their friend. The two other dogs that lived there showed me the ropes of being a goat dog. They would open the gate and we would all go in the pen and patrol for critters that might hurt our hoofy friends. I especially watch out for those squirrels. They are sneaky little devils.
My two doggie friends have passed away since I first got here eight years ago. I have seen a lot of changes in my time on the farm. The goat herd has changed so much. There is only one goat still here that was here the first day I came. I have seen foster dogs come and go, but I am always here faithfully guarding the herd. I have met so many great dogs over the years that are looking for forever homes. I am grateful that I wound up on such a wonderful doorstep.
Even though I am ten years old now, I still work everyday of my life. I jog around the goat pen proud to be a farm dog. The goats don't even give me a second glance anymore when I go running right through the middle of the herd to run off one of those nasty squirrels. Anytime the humans are out walking around, you can always find me close by supervising and making sure they get all their work done.
I do take a few breaks though now that I'm getting older. If the weather is really hot or cold or if a thunderstorm sneaks up on me, you can find me inside the house snoozing on the sofa. My family even built a screened in porch on the back of the house. I live there most of the time and I have my own fan and heat lamp. Us older dogs have earned a few perks I guess.
My family says older dogs are great to adopt. We have calmer personalities and you don't have to worry too much about house training us. We aren't going to eat the furniture or wires to the television like a little puppy would. For the most part we just want to be loved and involved in our families lives. Most of us can still get around really well, but we also know when it is time to just take it easy. Oh yeah, and that saying about old dogs not learning new tricks, that is just a myth. We are just as smart and trainable as a young dog.
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