November 29th 2013 9:50 am
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Mom and Dad put us in the covered run and they were gone four HOURS! When they got home, they had some strange animals in the back of the truck. They put them in the round pen and let them walk around and eat hay. While I was staring at them, Mom said, "Those are alpacas, Pepper." The sheep all stared at them too. There is a little one who stays with his momma all the time, and they do not bleat or baa, they hum. They do not flock with the sheep, they stay in separate pens and at night they go into our dog run so the lions and fishers and things that hunt at night cannot eat them.
November 1st 2013 9:47 am
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Hi everybody - sorry it has been so long since I posted. We are busy living here in THE WOODS. Every day we take the sheep out to the meadow so they can eat grass. Sometimes they do not go where Dad wants them to and we have to run around them. I can hardly contain myself and Mom yells at me to be quiet and slow down. Sorry, Mom, but SHEEP!!!
We play games in the meadow, chasing sticks and rubber balls and lizards and squirrels. Sometimes we go for a ride in the car with Mom and Dad. In the afternoon we go get the sheep and put them back into their yard. When it gets dark Dad goes out and puts the sheep and the chickens inside the shed and closes all the doors. He says there are things living in the woods that would like to eat a sheep or a chicken. Akela and I know that. Our noses tell us what lives out there. We can smell bears and lions and fishers and coyotes and possums and raccoons and all sorts of animals. Sometimes I smell something outside in the morning, like a mountain lion, and I do not go outside. Since Akela has gotten bigger, we go out together because the lions will run away from two dogs. So far the bears are afraid of us because many have been hunted by people with dogs, but Mom said in Calif. they passed a law against hunting bears with dogs, so in a few years the bears will not be afraid of us any more.
We now have a cat living in the shed with the sheep. One of the neighbors, the lady who always smells like sheep, brought it over and gave it to us. Mom said the cat's job is to catch mice and gophers and things outside, and it lives out there and not in the house. It can hide from the wild critters inside the shed, and it has a box out there to sleep in. We had a cat in the other house in the city, but it did not play with the dog.
August 9th 2013 10:06 am
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Yesterday was my birthday. I was up early, about 4:30, and Dad let me and the puppy outside so we could do dog things out there. I ran around the corner of the house, and there was a small, black and white animal in my yard. I ran up to it and grabbed it and it let go some horrible stuff in my mouth and down the front of my chest. I dropped it and tried to wipe my tongue off. It was awful! I was gagging and drooling and I couldn't smell anything except this incredibly bad smell.
Dad said, "Well, you'll never do THAT again." He mixed some baking soda and soap into hydrogen peroxide and washed the stuff out of my fur, but he couldn't get it out of my mouth. Every time I burp or pass gas, I can smell the skunk again. Mom won't let me sit next to her on the couch any more. Dad says it will be days before the smell goes away.
[Recipe to remove skunk scent from dog fur as well as other washable surfaces: stir 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon liquid soap (not detergent) into one quart of hydrogen peroxide. Wash the musk off and rinse well with clear water. Do not leave the peroxide on for more than five minutes as it will bleach your dog.]
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