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tdierikx   

Lovely lanky, happy, healthy boy...

 

When do they start being tested for being able to work with the Boss?

 

T.

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Things go slowly . here  ;) 
if pups enjoy fetching (clive does ) they play that .. but commands  are ones used with sheep - "Go Back"  /"Fetch  'em in "
jumping up into/onto things
learning to STOP  when leaning forward to grab something ..when  being pushy , etc ...
slowly learning .."Drink"  "quick-quick" , "bed time" 
learning to get used to being grabbed by any body bit  & hauled away from perceived danger 
and of course ..the normal having ears/mouths/toes/tails etc all handled/poked ....

The Boss has the lads inside individually  as well ... Clive had a WONDERFUL time this morning , he was able to demolish a dried lambs ear  undisturbed by his boofy brother , he found an almond ...showed it to us , & ate that ..
Dags came in ...had cuddles ..half heartedly played with part of a fleece ..wanted to get to whatever was on the kitchen bench ... did some very nice 'sits' , and ate a bone biscuit .

I know, I am totally biased :o 
Clive may not be the most stable kid on the block ... but he can be such a sweetie . he found the lambs ear ..and after showing us ..took it away to chomp. 

I took it out of his mouth 3 times ...admired it, praised him to the heavens and returned it ... the last 2 times there was only about a 50c sized piece ... no probs ...he was just so willing ...  he kept coming & showing me , wagging his tail ... even The Boss said this morning how much like Molly Clive is   

*goes to mop eyes* 
damn dogs .  

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tdierikx   

Dags may be a bit more like his daddy than first thought... lol!

 

Clive definitely sounds like he's really wanting to please the Boss and you... he's gonna be an awesome worker I'm sure...

 

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A pleasant surprise this evening :) The Boss let 2 ratbags inside .. & they came barrelling in & jumped onto his (empty) chair in the lounge . ....then discovered I was there ..so came & said hello .
they played for a few minutes ..grabbed a toy sheep ..bounced on the couch ..then I had both of them with me ..one on each arm of my chair, for about 1/2 hr of TV watching :) 

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Oh ... we used old Bruce the sheep for some training this morning  ;) 

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What a good sheepie schoolmaster.  I thought of Bruce today too - was feeding Jack etc, and realised he suddenly has the "old sheep" look about him, still eating okay but must check his teeth, see if Gumnuts needed yet.  (So was going to ask how Bruce is coping with the heat and dust: philosophical or over it).

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Bruce is doing Ok ..I guess he's used to it .... he just finds a cool spot  & plonks . he has two feeds a day ... chaff & a mix which is actually a 'rabbit' mix .. but suitable for sheep as well  . Of course he does prune fruit trees etc :) ..and will knock me down (literally) for a weetbix!

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The lads celebrated Aussie day in their own way ...

I heard some barking ..then more barking ...
it went on for a while , & sounded as if they had something bailed up , so I went to check . Roo/snake/ bunyip .... none of them any good :(

It was actually a small mob of 5 sheep , and they were not moving anywhere!! The boys had them surrounded :)  

I took 10 points from Gryffindor for the barking , and gave each pup 50 points for initiative !

The Boss immediately got a phone call to let him know the news , and the lads each had a small peanut butter sandwich   ;) 

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tdierikx   

Well done boys!!! Impressing the Boss enough to score a sandwich... your humum has taught you well!

 

T.

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Clive had  some inside time this morning ... he settled himself under a kitchen chair  very nicely !!  (and surprisingly :P )

The letter fell out my bag .. he didn't even look at it . 

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the boys found the yard full of goats. They did spend some time there with The Boss yesterday ... but today was an excursion of their own making 
oops. 

Recall? What recall was that ?  :( 

I had to go in the yard & scoop them up ...they were having such a wonderful time !!! Nothing silly ... the goats certainly were not about to mash them . 
However , freedom is now severely curtailed for a few days !! 
4 mths old & the world's their playground .....*sigh* 

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tdierikx   

They are so going to be AWESOME workers!

 

On a side note... how divine are those goats? Big healthy looking things... and so many pretty colours! Pity they are feral and a massive pest to farms... *sigh*

 

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1 hour ago, tdierikx said:

They are so going to be AWESOME workers!

 

On a side note... how divine are those goats? Big healthy looking things... and so many pretty colours! Pity they are feral and a massive pest to farms... *sigh*

 

T.

Yes..:(  I  try so hard to not go near the holding yards  ..seeing all those   makes me sad, tho They  put food on the table ..and ARE food ON the table sometimes ... 
Rge boys showed no fear , whiich is good ..they both used "eye" ...but were a tad too noisy   from excitement :P  It's a promising start . pudden sat there  , wondering ....I am so glad he never got started .

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tdierikx   

It's simply amazing when you get the first glimpses of the pups' instinct to do what they do best though, isn't it? They have certainly inherited that from their mum... and their good looks from their dad... *grin*

 

Our babies at work come from the same sort of goats... the adults in the same situation as yours. It can seem horrible to some city folks, but farmers have to survive somehow, and those feral goats can be so destructive if their populations are allowed to grow too large. Smaller populations are great for weed control though, yes?

 

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yes..

not 'just' farmers..

The Boss took me for a drive on one Government-owned  property he patrols  and proudly showed me groves of young native trees ... all looking healthy, and all germinated/grown since goats have been removed .Goats are absolute death on so many of our indigenous plants , and it was such a thrill to see-even in drought times , the regeneration happening!! 
He was  SO pleased with the  visible results of his hard work :) 

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