Made my choice...A Bulgarian Karakachan

Discussion in 'Guard Animals' started by motdaugrnds, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    Been awhile since my last update. Nothing consequential has occurred. Valentina is now 4 yrs old and has been doing a good job on this little 6 acres. She and Cujo continue to get along well, backing each other up as needed. Cujo is still with high energy and playful; while Valentina is still laid back and serious minded.

    I am prompted to post today because, as hot as it is here, Valentina continues to be on the job! I heard her barking/howling/growling and that let me know I needed to check to see what was going on out in that heat. Cujo was racing toward the noise. There Valentina was grabbing and shaking a young red fox that had been trying to get to some fowl. Cujo rushed in and grabbed it too. It kept trying to bite yet never made contact enough to do so with either dog. When Cujo let go, Valentina grabbed the back of that fox, shook it hard again, then dropped it. It was dead! Both dogs stood there watching it as I picked it up by the tail and moved it. (Pictures below...)

    I'm still quite happy with my choice of this LGD; and her ability to take on all goats/fowl/myself is a testament to the breed.
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    Pyrpup2016 Well-Known Member

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    Just what they are supposed to do!! Wonderful dogs!
     

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    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    This entire summer has been extremely hot/humid; yet Valentina has NOT had even one "hot spot". I attribute this to brushing her well twice a day. :)
     
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    they cause a fuss the same as crate training any pup but usually the pups are inside at least. I dont even worry about farm stock at first wait until 4 months and then start to put them in the corral with some critters at night when everyone is calm
     
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    Jreed ?? wrong thread ??
     
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    Valentina continues to bark at me when I start climbing around on the structures outdoors. I've taken to acknowledging her warnings and just keep on climbing. She will lay there watching....ROFL (Nosy dog!)

    She has started coming into the trailer more often too of late. This always occurs right after I've been working outside; however, at times I've not done anything difficult. She will come in, look at me and sometimes lay down watching me for awhile. I get the strangest feeling that she doesn't trust me!!!
     
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    Well, this is quite different! Valentina has been spending more time around me. I still see her sleep beside the goats and have watched her walking the fence line sniffing. Yet she will come in the trailer 2-3 times a day to sit and stare at me. At times I've offerred her food thinking that is why she is here; but she refused it. Sometimes she will lay down between me and the door for a short while...until she senses something outside then out she goes. I have learned she definately sees me as one of her charges, which has become fine with me because, though she is a nuisance about it sometimes, still she doesn't prevent me from getting done what needs done here.

    Yesterday something occurred I hadn't thought possible. She and Cujo love each other. They play well together, eat side by side, respect each other's food and back each other up when alerted to something. Valentina still shows a great deal of calmness and Cujo is still his high-energy playful self. Yet this time Valentina didn't like what Cujo was doing and attacked him. I had simply been walking (pampering my left ankle as somehow it had been strained and was hurting when I walked). Usually when I step outside, Cujo comes over to stay with me while I work and Valentina continues whatever she has been doing. However, yesterday it was different in that Valentina came over. And when Cujo (with his high playful energy) came over, Valentina attacked him. Yes she attacked Cujo! Yes she was angry! Cujo did not...not...attack back though he didn't cow either. He just took Valentina's behavior as something to "tolerate". However, Valentina did not stop! She did not bite him but her growl was not a playful one! I yelled at her. She looked at me and continued to stay alerted to Cujo. I yelled again and took a step toward them. She looked at me. I took her collar and walked her away from Cujo. Then I called Cujo over and had him sit "calmly". Only then did Valentina relax! Now this completely caught me off guard. I know they love each other and there is noway Cujo would ever hurt me.

    Now I know this sounds silly; but I'm thinking Valentina somehow knew I was in physical pain and didn't need anything with high energy touching me. Even writing this seems silly. I just don't know how else to understand what occurred....
     
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    Something is wrong. Go in for a check up.
     
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    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    Maura, I just got out of surgery last week, i.e. catarac surgery. I've recently been checked out as well. Only thing wrong with me is a light tendancy toward high blood pressure when I overtax my nerves. However, ever since my hip transplant (fall of 2015) I've had one leg 2" shorter than the other; and this has taken its toll on my body, i.e. mostly on the ankle of the longer leg. Still, even though I need to be careful how I walk, I'm quite healthy....
     
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    aart HOW do they DO that?

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    Wow, you got shorted...haha!(not really funny)
    Is that typical with hip replacement?
    Seems crazy to replace a degraded joint and 'build in' an imbalance that affects the whole bodies structure.

    Agrees that Val is 'protecting' you.....
    ....but I'm sure you'll be able to adjust her training commands to accommodate this newer concern/behavior.
     
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    I don't think it's silly at all. I think she senses something different, maybe even smells the incision on your cornea, and she doesn't like it one bit.
     
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    Be careful around hay for a bit. I wore goggles for a couple of weeks. I did the cataract surgery 14 months ago. Love the results. Hip is when ever I can save up enough sick leave.