We still have far more puppies here than we would like.
It is fun watching them with Aspen, who is great with them one-on-one. Although when they all come at him in a mob he gets overwhelmed and runs away! I think he would quite like it if some moved on already!
We may have had some trouble with Aspen in the past, with teaching him to be confident with people, not to play with his charges, and not to steal chicken eggs! But I can honestly say it was worth it, worth the 85 days searching for him and the months working with him.
He is now a happy, sometimes goofy, hardworking, invaluable member of our farm. He keeps our flock safe and they know it. It may sound like a ‘sales pitch’, but I think these big, white dogs are worth their weight in gold.
The puppies are confident with all the livestock. The sheep occasionally show them who is in charge – taking advantage while they still can – but the puppies roll over and hop right back up again. They are already on the lookout for anything they see is a ‘threat’ and bark along with Willow and Aspen at night to see off anything unwelcome!
One has gone, and one is staying. Two are (hopefully) spoken for. But we still have four needing working homes. We are interested in trade, and currently have something of a shortage of fire-wood.