The big news around here is that our new Maremma puppy, Alfred, arrived late February. I went to the farm where he was born and met the breeder along with his mother, and a few siblings that were still there. He is just a magnificent little dog. So calm, curious, smart, and huge. He just had his checkup at the vet yesterday and weighed in at 41.5 lbs. And he’s only 3 months old! Our oldest dog, Nellie, is not too interested in him, but that is her style. She takes a long time to warm up to new things, but she is already showing signs of coming around. Callie, on the other hand, was immediately attracted to him. I think she must have a strong natural mothering, or at least guarding instinct, because she has definitely taken charge of watching out for him. She doesn’t let him out of her sight, and is right there if anything seems awry. If he whines, she runs over to see what’s wrong. And the other day a ewe gave him a little head butt and it startled him so he squealed. Callie was watching and she leapt in between them and gave that old ewe the stink-eye. She has really taken the lead and will be an excellent teacher and playmate for Alfred.
Stay tuned for news and updates on all these things and more in the next installment!