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Everything’s all-white!

by Heidi on December 8th, 2009
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I know you have gotten used to a nice foodie post on a Tuesday, and as much as I would like to be participating in the carnivals, everything going on in the kitchen at the moment is top secret! I really wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today, then I downloaded the pictures I took today and thought I should share them with you.

This morning I woke up to a world turned white, we had our first ‘real’ snowfall of the season last night. I love snow. I love walking in the snow, playing in the snow, being in the snow. I love the way the air smells and tastes when my world is covered in a big white blanket. And what makes a snow covered day even better? Bright sunshine and blue skies!

Winter sunshine

So I was pretty excited for my ‘dog time’ today, and took my camera with me. After the ‘house’ dogs walk, it was ‘Spirit time’. We have progressed to her off leash in the field, and she is much happier. She is a lovely, sweet girl, a little shy and nervous, but she really wants to be friends.

Spirit, our Maremma guarding our Shetland sheep

She is great with the sheep, in fact I am pretty sure today she was guarding the sheep from Willow! Which may not be an entirely bad thing.

Willow, our Maremma livestock guardian dog

Willow is just a silly, goof-ball and can be a bit much for Spirit. Willow is very bouncy and really wants to play. She doesn’t understand why Spirit won’t play with her. Spirit gives her a warning growl and Willow bounces away.

Spirit, our Maremma, patrolling the fenceline

I think once we all get used to each other and figure out the ‘normal’ routine, that Spirit is going to be a really good influence on Willow.

Aspen, our Maremma livestock guardian dog

Aspen is a lot more laid back. He wants to be friends and invites her to play, but he doesn’t push it and is giving her her space. From the beginning he has been doing lots of yawning and play bowing, he will go to try and sniff her but is quick to back off if she isn’t comfortable.

Willow & Aspen, our Maremma livestock guardian dogs

Watching them work fascinates me. A picture of their backs may not seem so interesting, but when I took this we were all hearing a canine carrying on in the distance. They both stopped still, the best description I can think of is that they went ‘on-point’. Once sure everything was OK they went back to messing around.

Our Shetland rams

Poor Pedro, I don’t think he cares about how safe he is, when all he can do is watch the interloper with his girls!

Shetland sheep

We are under a winter storm warning, one forecast I have seen predicts about 15cm or 6in of snow tomorrow, then sunshine on Friday. I am excited!

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1 Comment

  1. How wonderful it is to see Spirit so happy in her new home. I’m happy that she is settling in well and seems to be working out for you. :-)

    Comment by Danielle — December 12, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

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