Shadow Ridge Farm`s Sheep

Livestock Gaurdian Dog~Miss Adventure...

Through the years we have lost several of our livestock to predators~Everything from bobcats, coyotes, hawks, raccons, weasels and who knows what else on top of losing vast amounts of our hay to Elk and deer.  I started doing in depth research into Livestock Gaurdian Dogs (abbreviated to LGD) several years back after all other attempts to stop the attacks failed miserably. Our "Addy", as she is nicknamed, arrived here in the spring of 2009. Her breeders saw our livestock from the highway as our nearly 24 acre farm is right off this main route between Priest River and Sandpoint, Id. They decided to drop by one day with a few of their 10 month old pups as they were showing them to another interested stock rancher and thought I might be interested. I was...and...it was amazing to me that I had been doing so much research into them just prior to them showing up in my own driveway! Fortuitous is the word that comes to my mind :)

 

Addy is 7/8`s Anatolian and 1/8 Great Pyrenees. She has turned out to be one of the greatest loves of my life not to mention how effective she has been to ward off predators of all sorts! We are still acclimating her to all the livestock. She is bonding with our 2010 crop of lambs beautifully so far. We still have a fence between her and the flock as Addy is yet just a pup (she won`t be mature until 2 years of age or a bit more) and I`m afraid she will try to play too rough with the lambs. In time we hope to have her be directily with the entire flock 24/7. Here are a few pics of her first encounters with a pair of our twin ewe lambs...Moon and Dotty with their mother Timber (who is shedding in these pics)...

 In this bottom pic Addy is actually nuzzling the lamb and kissing her...it was just such a heartwarming sight to see I can tell you :) UPDATE...Unfortunately we could never get Addy to acclimate properly with all the livestock. When not in her fenced area she would get overly excited and literally try to kill our geese and chase the sheep relentlessly :( I wound up finding a wonderful new forever home for her and she took to being a house dog with them. I later purchased our Standard Poodle boy and currently he is working out to be an excellent "sheep dog"! :)