Friday, May 29, 2015


Rizzo finally got the jerk rabbit that was eating all of our new bamboo shoots. #Anatolianshepherds #verminator

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coop raider

The hens were cackling so I went out to gather eggs and look what I found in the coop looking for a snack. Biggest one I've seen, had to be almost 6 feet. I gave her a pass and put her down a gopher hole in the orchard but if I catch her again she'll be a snack herself out in the pig pen. #gophersnake #wheresmartystouffer


We made a farrowing pen for Eva and are hoping for some piglets soon. #mangalitsa #oldworldpigs

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Goats can be frustratingly clever. Here Sarah has figured out how to rob the automatic chicken feeder by spinning the spreader wheel with her tongue. #mininubian #nothingisgoatproof

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Frankie doesn't look very big, but she is due with twins in just a few days.  She is in good health and we are looking forward to meeting her kids. Here's hoping they are girls!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WD's Birthday

Happy 14th birthday to our eldest dog! 
WD is still going strong and enjoying her life on the ranch. She loves to razz Indiana Jones before bedtime and squeaky toys get her riled up. But most of all she likes her morning treat and getting that last bit of yogurt out of the carton.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pascal Junior

I haven't spent much time with the pigs lately. Mike really handles most of their needs (and the clean up). This afternoon I stopped in to say hi and bond a bit with Pascal. He was mid-meal but perfectly happy to pose for a photo with me.  He's huge but very sweet and I enjoyed our afternoon together.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Vet visit

Today we did our annual running of the bulls when we load up all of the guardian dogs and take them in for checkups. Nella is still top dog at 156lbs followed by Ruckus at 128, Rizzo at 116 and Cotty at 108. Everyone got a pretty clean bill of health but Ruckus may have a little arthritis in his shoulder and we are checking Nella's thyroid. The vets once again commented that we have the only anatolians that they can even touch. Hopefully we are good with these guys for another year.  #Anatolianshepherds #GreatPyrenees #vetbills

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Not only did "ranch mvp" Indiana Jones do a fine job at his herding clinic this past weekend, but the vet just called and said that after 9 months on fluconazole for his valley fever infection his latest blood test came back clean! #bordercollies #sheepdogs #cleanbillofhealth

Sunday, May 3, 2015


We moved the pigs to their new 1/2 acre enclosure and they are loving their new found freedom. #mangalitsa #oldworldpigs

Saturday, May 2, 2015

School's in session

Jinx and Jones (and mike) just completed Day 1 of their 3 day sheepdog clinic taught by Jack Knox! Jones shined and worked as well in school as he does at home. He has made some improvements in his outrun and flanking already. Jinx was starting fresh and got her feelings hurt a little learning the rules but Jack knows her famous sire and said he sees a lot of him in her. He liked her keenness and says she'll bounce back tomorrow. #bordercollies #sheepdogs #herding #backtoschool

Friday, May 1, 2015


Tempie surprised us with two boys this morning so we brought them right in for shots and maintenance. #stcroixsheep #lambingseason