My DSLR has been needing some maintenance. I should send it into a professional to get properly cleaned. I kept telling myself that I couldn’t be away from it for 6-12 weeks as they said it would be. So it’s been sitting there, waiting for me to do the cleaning like I did once before. It’s such delicate work, that I was waiting for a time when I could concentrate, which doesn’t really exist in this home. It’s been sitting there for probably over a month, and finally I realized that I’m going to want it ready to go when this baby comes, and to just suck it up and fix it.
I forgot how much I love my camera compared to my phone camera. I did my best, and it’s working much better, but I can tell there’s still a button that sticks a bit, and I might have to bite the bullet and get it tuned up. But not now. I need it for the baby.
After it was fixed, the sun was going down outside, and I couldn’t help myself but to take a walk. I haven’t even wanted to walk out to the mailbox since last Wednesday, it hurts so much to walk. This baby sits so low. But I stubbornly walked a little around the yard with the dogs. It was just so pretty.
I was sick of sitting with my feet up. My mental health required it. It’s one of the most gorgeous times of the year in our yard, and I just couldn’t stand looking through the porch window anymore.
The meat chicks got out to pasture today. Our old dog, Lena, who is a black lab/German Shepherd, and about 7 years old has been playing outside with our new “little” pup, Nanny, who is a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix. She’s about 7 months old, and already a bit bigger than Lena. She still has some growing to do. She lives outside with the sheep, and we got her for the purpose of keeping predators out of our yard, which both of the breeds in her do well. They guard livestock, and are extremely serious workers. They are nocturnal for the most part, hunting down predators at night, and snuggling all day. Our last livestock guardian was 2 years old when we got her, as she was being re-homed by a family who just couldn’t meet the needs that her breed required.
A puppy is so different. Soooooo different.
Lena tries her hardest to keep on top of Nanny. They wrestle and play-fight. Lena comes in at night just wiped out, often too tired to climb up the stairs to her bed in our room. She naps whenever she’s inside and away from Nanny. She’s lost most of her fat since Nanny came to the farm. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen Lena so fit. She no longer lays around depressed like she did for months after our last livestock guardian, Missy died. She snores from exhaustion, and is cautious of her hips when she does stairs. Nanny is an energetic pup.
She’s getting into trouble, like most puppies do. We finally got her to stop jumping on people. She knows how to sit, and she knows how to come, at least as well as livestock guardians ever learn how to “come.” (They consider it more of a suggestion.) She’s killed 2 chickens. I’ve heard from other breed-owners that it can take up to 2 years to get them to understand not to chase chickens. She killed 2 kittens, but we believe that was an accident. The 2 mama cats kept letting their kittens wander in the barn, and it stressed Nanny out. She kept picking them up in the back of the neck, and bringing them back to each perspective nest. She never felt it was ok for them to be away from their nest. We think that she was too clumsy with 2 of them.
Then the other day, I was pulling out of the driveway and I saw Nanny picking up an animal from the rose garden, and heading back to the barn with it. I stopped and called her over, and sure enough, there was a black kitten that she was holding from the back of the neck, ever so gently with her teeth. It was so cute I nearly pulled my phone out, but the kitten was so freaked out that I just reached to rescue him from Nanny’s mouth. Other than being a bit wit from her slobber, the kitten was fine. I walked him back down to the barn, and lay him with his mama, which seemed to satisfy Nanny.
That’s not what’s going on with the chickens, though. She eats those. Knut ran out to chase her away from eating a chicken last night, and it turns out she was just eating a squirrel. I have no idea how she caught a squirrel. She’s ridiculously fast.
She’s a snuggle-bug with humans, and the walk was much more work than I meant it to be because I kept telling her to stop pushing and leaning against me for some snuggles when I was trying to take a picture. Finally, Lena rescued me and enticed Nanny to a wrestling match, and then they went running all over the yard.
The kids are learning that they actually need to pick up their toys outside now too.
Or they’re destroyed. It’s not a bad lesson to learn.
Nanny has a good heart. I can already tell she’s smart and eager to learn. I can tell she has some great instincts. But the fact that she’s an immature puppy is written all over her too. Fortunately, they grow out of that.