|Blackie and Coco in the barn while I milk|
These two dogs have not done anything wrong exactly, but as they say, " you can take the dog out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the dog" The thing is we got both of them from shelters in the city, and that is where they grew up, in the city.
Before moving here we lived in Austin, in a hip area known as Bouldin Creek. It was cool, groovy, crowded and very active. The complete opposite of where we live now! Any way what was good dog behavior in our old place is not so good out here. For instance here we don't need a dog to scare strangers away and maybe even bite them if they don't leave fast enough. ( although sometimes....) In Austin I could let my little kids play in the yard and know Blackie and Coco would bark like mad if any one tried to enter the yard with them, "Good Dog"
So..... when kids come out to Novellas Farm for the day I just keep these two out of trouble by keeping them tied up.... like criminals.
The really unfair thing is that the Dachsunds, Jasmine and Maggie, (the true criminals) are treated like celebrities. They wriggle out the door and get hugged and loved by all the children. These are the same dogs that have routinely killed chickens for sport and look for the next opportunity at all times. They do nothing but eat, sleep, bark, kill chickens and get loved.
I guess the balance comes when no one is visiting and Blackie and Coco hang out following me around.
They love to be in the barn at milking (by the way, all animals love sweet feed). They accompany me on all my chores, in the garden, cleaning pens, they run ahead and circle back to me as if to say "hurry!
what takes you so long?"
It is kind of nice, I really like having dogs that run loose with me during the day and keep me company.
Blackie and Coco are the kind of dogs that belong on a farm.