Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two minutes with Jinx

Our new border collie pup got to meet the ducks last night and this morning i thought i'd give her a short go at them to see what would happen. Here's 2 minutes of the practice. #bordercollie #herding #instinct — at Vicarious Ranch.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Hifi wifi

Did you see how fast I just uploaded this image! Thanks to John at Outback Internet for getting us back to civilization with our new high speed connection. Woop! #goodbyehughesnet

New herder

And the winner is... 5 month old superdog Jet. I think we are going to call her Jinx. She is already showing loads of interest in the stock. I took this pic of her and Jones giving the sheep the staredown and then noticed later that Ruckus was working undercover in the flock just to make sure the new kid wasn't a threat. Welcome to the family, Jinx! 



Saturday, September 13, 2014

High Speed!

This is a shot from the top of our goat barn. See that little hill 5 miles off in the distance that just so conveniently peaks in a just as convenient dip in the terrain to our south? Well that little hill is our pot of gold!
That little hill has a hi-speed wireless Internet tower on it and Monday afternoon we will be hooked up @5x the speed of dsl for the same exact price we are paying now for satellite Internet. Goodbye data limits and 3 second lag, hello Netflix and ranch webcam! #backtocivilization #luckyday #hitechredneck

Friday, September 12, 2014

Herder

As our herd expands, we have been looking for a helper for Jones (Scouty only likes to herd the chickens) that will be ready to start training by next summer's births. Since our dogs already have such a great dynamic with each other we thought it best to start from scratch with a pup everyone can get used to rather than bringing in an adult.

After hours and hours of combing the internet, feed store bulletin boards, craigslist, emails, etc, Mike narrowed the search down to a few possibilities. He looked at Kelpies, McNabs, Border Collies, various crosses of those breeds and other mixes. The biggest requirement was desire and natural instinct to work stock. 

Since we have small dairy goats like Nigerian dwarfs and mini-nubians, we decided the cowdog breeds may be a bit too aggressive. However, Jones prefers to work the perimeter while herding so a little more alpha personality could be a good compliment. 

Border collies are experts at moving stock with just their stares (eye) and creeping stalks (plus Jones is the most awesome dog ever and he's a border collie) so we settled on that and looked hard for 3 things... A full litter that hadn't yet been picked over, working parents that we could see, and a pup with an active, fearless personality. We found lots and lots of leftover pups and adolescents and lots of pups who's parents "herd my kids" but very few real working litters on working ranches with parents on the premises.

Today, Mike made a 300 mile round trip to see a 7 puppy litter of border collies from working parents. There were 3 females and 4 males with only one of the females reserved. They were all good looking, active pups but one female stood out in size, vigor and personality. Definitely the pick of the litter and it wasn't the one that was already reserved. After an hour of watching the whole gang and the parents, he thought it was worth risking the small deposit to hold her. After filling out the paperwork, the breeder said that if he needed another dog that was the one he would have kept and he would guarantee her to be a quality herder.

We still have some people to talk to and some final decisions to make but this little gal is definitely the front runner. She will be ready to go by the 1st of October.













Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cowboy

Cute little Cowboy, our last buckling of 2014, has been sold pending. We still have Charlie and Clarence available as wethers. #nigeriandwarf #kiddingseason #ranchlife