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.