Made my choice...A Bulgarian Karakachan

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  1. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    Just a note to let you all know Valentina is still doing well. She is still a very serious-minded canine who will actually stop eating her favorite foods to check out any disturbances; and she and Cujo have intimidated all predators around here so I never have to be concerned about any animal and/or fowl getting harmed.

    Most recent event was right after my son returned. He and Valentina have been getting acquainted … slowly … as he is taking it at "her" pace and she is cautious. It is going well. She and Cujo both did get thru a gate at the back of the property recently and, since it had been over a year since they were both outside the boundaries, they both thoroughly enjoyed their excursion. They were only gone a short time but when they returned Valentina was loaded down with "burs" all in her fur. It was difficult to get them all out, especially the ones between her toes. I learned my tiny scissors worked better than a brush for this. She was so sweet about it even though some of those burs were actually sticking her skin. (Cujo's short hair saved him from these as he only had a couple of burs and those he took off himself.)

    The adjustments being made at this time has to do with Valentina's learning David is here to stay. Even the ducks/geese changed their behaviors for awhile; but they are now feeding around his feet. Since David has always been good with wild animals I had no real worry about his getting along with Valentina...especially since it was David who actually picked her out of the litter to bring home. But Valentina didn't act as though she remembered him and has had to adjust to his presence all over again. She is doing so beautifully!
     
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    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    Just a note to let anyone interested know how Valentina (and Cujo) are doing. :)

    Valentina continues to be serious minded, continues to patrol the parameter fencing; and she and Cujo continue to back each other up when predators venture onto the farm. They kill those without hesitation! (Such a difference in their demeanor from when they're with only the animals that belong here when Cujo is playful and Valentina is so very calm.)

    Valentina has been eating dry food ("Pure Balance") pretty well even though she prefers "roasted" chicken. LOL Both dogs weigh about the same (a little over 90 lbs each).

    The only difference I see in Valentina is her "monitoring" of me! When David is around she will lay down and watch; but when he is not around she will follow me around barking at me at times. (Yes I'm still healthy!)

    Both dogs have accepted David's being back on the farm and even enjoy getting attention from him; so I'm well pleased with that.
     
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    Still glad they're giving you lovely "tales" ;)
     
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    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7 Supporter

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    Valentina is still working well on this little 6-acre farm. She still patrols the parameter and keeps "all" varmints (air borne too) off...with Cujo's help.

    Valentina's long hair is helping her stay cool too...so far. Cujo's short hair is shedding much more than Valentina's long hair; so I brush him more frequently. I am cutting Valentina's long hair in strategic spots just to help her stay cool thru this coming hot summer. (Will be putting out the other 2 kiddie pools for all again too. Valentina loves to stand in those during heat spells.)

    Latest incident: I had just got thru raking some pruned limbs into a pile for my son to burn; and it had worn me out. I was on my way back to the house when this occurred. Usually when I leave the garden area it is Cujo who is right by my side and Valentina has to be sent a personal invitation to leave with me. LOL However, this time it was Valentina who was right by my side. She stayed by my side all the way to the back porch; and each time Cujo made an attempt to get near me Valentina would growl at him. Now I've learned enough about this canine to know she was sensing I was physically tired and my balance was not 100%; so she figured I didn't need a muscled up hyper Cujo near me. ROFL Cujo just took it for what it was...a warning...and kept his distance.

    Cujo has had the same type of ear infection and rash on his chest area (under chin) that he had last year at this time. The vet charged me over $200 for Rx and cream last year and it did nothing to help him. So this time I decided it must be some type of allergy. David gave him a benedryl tablet each night for a few days; and I washed his ears out, let them dry then poured a mixture of hydrogen pyroxide and apple cider vinegar into them. After all that dried I put some Ivermex on the rashes and some Neosporin on the rash he had been scratching on his chest. It has taken a week but he is looking better. Still I do not really know what has caused this; yet as long as I'm able to clear it up with home remedies I guess he is ok.

    Valentina has not had any "hot spots" for years now...not since I've been clipping her long hair in spots and brushing her often.

    Both dogs would rather not eat "dry" chow. They prefer the store-bought chicken quarters (10 lb bags for $4.90) roasted with oatmeal. Still I can mix a raw egg up with their dry chow, set the pans down for them to eat, then sit down and watch them. Cujo will immediately start eating his dry chow and Valentina will just stand there and look at me awhile before eating hers. LOL
     
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    Valentina is still quite healthy with good (not too much) weight on her. She still patrols the fencing and watches the herd from the highest knoll. She often sleeps on the porch with Cujo except when the weather is too bad. Then she prefers the barn with the goats. I often see her laying with the goats as they rest chewing cud throughout the days. She no longer makes attempts to follow the guineas outside our fencing. LOL But will lay at the front gate if they are in that area and watch them. (It is a beautiful sight to see this entire flock fly from that front gate across 2 acres and land where the dogs are....)

    Valentina continues to monitor what I do and also tempers Cujo's excitation around me. She enjoys raw meat (after I've washed it if store bought) yet prefers the store-bought chicken to be roasted, chopped & mixed with cooked oatmeal. ROFL (They both love this and get it as often as I can find the 10 lb packaging for under $5.) Since I've been brushing her each summer, she has never had any more hotspots; and the Advantage Plus I use for them both works well.

    Still quite please with my selection of this Karakachan….
     
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    Something a bit different occurred this morning that I thought some of you would enjoy hearing about. I had just got thru tending the goats and had let them out to free-range the rest of the day. They all wanted pets before venturing out into the pastures...as usual.

    This morning as I was hugging my 250 lb. Nubian buck (He always leans into me for this.) Valentina came up and pushed herself between the buck and myself. Huh? I've seen her get between me and Cujo when he was in an excited state but her "pushing" herself in between me and this herd buck was quite unusual.... Next thing I know Cujo has pushed himself in between Valentina and the buck...not between Valentina and me but between her and the buck...another unusual event. Not sure what to make of this! Valentina "loves" to be hugged "firmly" and that is what I was doing with the buck; but she is not one who demands affection. Yet after she pushed herself in as she did, I did hug her firmly and her tail wagged. (That too is different in that I only see that tail wag when she is enjoying something...not when she is working.) This has led me to believe this Karakachan saw no need to "work" by getting in between the buck and myself. Could she actually have been jealous? An LGD jealous of another animal getting hugs? Not real sure how to think about this. Any ideas?
     
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    aart HOW do they DO that?

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    Nope, no idea, but great anecdote :D
    Could have been 'jealousy'...goats are a lot like dogs and when I had 2 dogs I could rarely pet one without the other wanting some too.
     
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    Well here it is 2020! It has been quite an enjoyable time watching Valentina develop from puppy hood. Full grown now it is obvious she understands what belongs on these 6 acres and what doesn't. She will let people on yet will constantly monitor where they are and what they do. She will let workers do what needs done, i.e. the oil man delivering the diesel for the furnace and the plumber making repairs; and will not even growl at them. She does stay constantly alert until they leave. (Cujo has no interest in strangers except to say hello.)

    The recent events are the usual ones this time of year with kidding times & always at least one bottle-fed Nubian goat. This one is a little girl who was allergic to its mother's colostrum. Wasn't sure she would survive! Yet here she is a couple of months old and quite healthy. I have 3 does in milk, including her dam, and now that the colostrum is out of the udders I have been letting her nurse them. Yes all 3! They will each stand still for her to drink, which constantly amazes me since they are not mothering her during the day. Her mother and the herd buck will let her sleep with them resting her little head on parts of their bodies; so for that I'm thankful. Much of the time this little girl wants to stay with Valentina. It is quite a sight to see Valentina sound asleep and this little doe sleeping next to her with her head on Valentina's tail. Valentina just takes it all in stride as though it is normal for a baby goat to think she is her mother. (David had to put up a temporary gate to keep this little doe off the back porch or she would have been sleeping with the dogs on their beds!)

    Still quite pleased with this breed, especially the one I was fortunate to bring home... :)
     
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