Category Archives: The Dogs
It was a beautiful afternoon yesterday and I was blessed to have some time alone for a little bit so took the camera out for stroll to the Dude’s pasture. Living with our Dudes, is our newest livestock guardian dog, Ufie — long name, Euphrates.
What was once a sad story, that I couldn’t bring myself to publish on the blog, has become a good story. A little over a year ago we gave our original LGD, Abby, away. She picked up the very bad habit of chasing cars along the very busy road that guts our property. She was right out there, next to the car and it was really getting scary. I found her a new home, and she moved about an hour away to a new home. I had thought we’d replace Abby some day but wasn’t sure when, or how, or with what. This past August a friend of mine emailed me a craigslist ad about Akbash puppies that was fairly local. I decided to contact the woman and told her about our place, and that I was interested. As it turned out, she had one pup left, a male and he was free.
The lady was thrilled that he’d be going to a home that involved actually working. Both of Ufie’s parents were working Akbash’s, guarding cattle. His dad was very stand-offish (and around 120lbs), we wouldn’t be able to actually see him unless he came in from the pasture, which he did for a moment to sniff the wind, see if we were trouble, mark his territory and then go back out on duty. Ufie’s mama was pretty close to the house because she knew her last pup was still there, hiding under the front porch. The owner had to literally crawl under the porch to pull him out, and he whimpered and whined and didn’t want much to do with us. I was actually open to this sort of behavior, having an LGD that was not cautious at all of people (Abby) made me think that this sort of attitude was possibly good for a dog to take his job seriously. So we brought Ufie home, and he’s been in the Dude’s Pen since.
Ufie warmed up to me quickly, after I brought him home. He has then accepted many people in to his circle, and loves the sheep as his family, but he has stuck to the rule of NO DOGS ALLOWED. I am beyond pleased with this as I know a coyote or random dog showing up in his pasture would be quickly and quite aggressively escorted out.
Ufie is growing very quickly and loves his job. Some day we hope to get him an Akbash girlfriend and name her Tigris — between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers lies Eden; and so goes the word picture. Hopefully our sheep will live in Eden while being watched by a team of LGD’s.
Sometimes all I need to lift my spirits is an evening out in nature, enjoying the scenery, with some great light, and my camera. Evening time is by far my favorite time of the day – I think clearer, my heart is lighter, and my senses are fully open. I love the cool breezes, the stillness, and the glowing light of a sun setting.
Annie and I have this great spot, high on the side of a mountain that over-looks town. I caught a glimmer of Old Town last week and then noted a few days ago that the glimmer would be best at around 7 pm. So we headed up around then and have to pass by some old settling ponds – look at what Annie spotted. I had my big 300mm prime lens with me so snapped it on and got this shot before the couple darted off.
Not all that awesome of a shot as I was still in manual mode and the lighting was hard to adjust for, but I do like how you can see the blue in the female’s wings.
And this was the shot I was “shooting for” – pun intended. The shot I got before was in the middle of the day when the light was more flat, tonight I got sparkle and that made me pretty happy. In the picture is the “Old Bridge” which was built in 1901 and is still in service, the Old Hotel and a few other buildings from the 1800′s. This was the booming part of town, built right along the river and within walking distance to the one room schoolhouse and the old Congregational church which are both still standing (the Schoolhouse is now a library.)
I turned around, almost directly behind me from the Old Town shot, and here’s our place. Our barn in the far distance, and the house with the shop closer with Hank watching for deer or activity in the woods beside us. It’s always nice to know a dog is on the watch.
And here’s our barn with the Mud Ranch flock taken with my 300mm prime again. Quite a big difference, eh? I love all the green, it’s so vibrant and the peacefulness of the evening just glows.
Annie, Hank and I all went back down to the settling ponds and took some more photos, this time of what was happening right around us. Annie loves to race around the embankments of the ponds.
Then settle down next to her favorite dog – a perfect ending to a perfect evening.