I think that I’ve been throwing around the term “Livestock Guard Dog” way too loosely. I am sure that people who own “LGD’s” in their true state might be offended at me calling Abby an LGD. Sure, I believe she is, she was definitely raised with sheep in puppy-hood, was born to very serious working dogs on a polypay ranch and we locked her in the pasture with them from ten weeks old to around four months old. She definitely knows that the sheep are under her watch care and we often drive home to see her out in the pasture counting noses and just hanging out with the sheep.
Abby has the run of the place though, can squeeze between gates to come and go as she likes. We don’t lock her with the sheep any more as I’d like to have her in our yard if there’s a threat there, or in the pasture if there’s a threat there. I want more of a “Jack of All Trades, Master of All” kind of dog and that’s really what she’s become. We certainly haven’t lost any sheep since Abby is on patrol.
Abby has also become a loyal family dog, loving me over Hubby (probably because I feed her and give her all the attention) but most importantly she has taken on Annie has part of her flock. Abby isn’t quite a year old yet but has proven, since about four months of age, that she is everything we have hoped for and more. I know that if Annie will toddle off, Abby will be right beside her and protect her with all she has. That is comforting to know and they’ll have many years of growing together, since they’re twin sisters by different mothers, born the same year.