About “ageing” in this post’s byline — Ayla, our oldest Anatolian Shepherd Dog, is nearing the end of her time with us. Each day now she is slower and less active. Often she needs assistance getting up. She is 11.5 years old.
The list is long and changes every day. Our biggest effort now is keeping up with the garden. We have manure to haul. Pasture watering is a daily thing. Berry picking. Food processing. Milking Daisy the goat each morning. Fire vigilance (chasing after leaves, debris and anything flammable around buildings). Apple cider-making and wine-making are not far off.
Every day around 3:30 or 4:00 p.m., we try to take a break by the pool with a beverage before we have our evening meal. From there, we celebrate what’s been done in the day and watch the animals and the garden.
Twinkle was the tiny runt and she is just the cutest little kid. All three are doing well and Phee Phee is a great mom. She’s really skinny though after taking care of these three. Here’s when they were being born: Phee Phee: Three.
By the way, Twinkle likes to dance and she loves hearing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star … ” She has one janky ear.
As our vets have explained to us before, a dog bite separates tissue from vessels, especially when the dog twists and shakes. This tissue then dies. It has to be removed. Sometimes it’s possible to find and remove the tissue right after the bite happens. Sometimes not. Often people wind up taking wounded animals to the vet more than once to deal with infection and necrotic tissue. So, little Misty went back again.
She rides well. The video below is just a brief clip from when we got back home, and the picture while she was waiting at the vet. Sweet little thing was snoring before I got the video started.
A week after the neighborhood dog attack, Misty’s wound needed more attention.
Dog owners with dogs like the ones that attacked our goats should be subject to criminal prosecution and damages. We have been spending a great deal of each day since the attack shepherding our goats and dogs to ensure their safety, and tending wounded goats.
We have to manage the drain daily by injecting an antibiotic ointment into the top hole. Hopefully within 3 to 5 days, we can remove the tubing that is keeping the drain open.
Some people with two German Shepherds are now living above us (we think tending an illegal pot grow). The Shepherds have decided to jump our fence and attack the goats. We are now having to isolate our dogs and goats and actively watch over them while we attempt to work with local animal control officials to remedy the situation.
Four days ago, we heard goat screams and the herd thundering down the hill. We ran up the hill as fast as we could go, our dogs slightly confused because they were with us overseeing our chicken harvest. The hill is steep and we only made it about 100 yards before we were stopped, panting. Ayla, the old dog, could hardly move. Faruk is not aggressive by nature and wasn’t quite sure what to do or what was going on with all the commotion. We saw our sweet little Misty (Girl Story’s kid) in the mouth of a German Shepherd as the rest of our herd stampeded by us in a mad, dangerous (for them) downhill rush. When the German Shepherd saw us, it released Misty. The attacking dog had her by the back, left hindquarter. She is lame there, very swollen, and with puncture wounds in her udder. We are treating her with antibiotic and keeping her confined with her mother and brother. She is alert and eating, hobbling along. We don’t know how much lasting damage has been done, but hoping none as she seems to be doing okay. But dog bites often do leave lasting damage to muscle and tendons and her udder may be damaged. Daisy, our milk goat, is having trouble walking and jumping onto her milk stand. We think she pulled or sprained something in her legs or hips. She has no swelling or visible physical damage. We started treating her with an anti-inflammatory today.
All this necessitates keeping all animals locked down here with us in the lower, irrigated pasture for now. The goats are missing their brush. And we are constantly watching over them and we worked really hard a couple afternoons ago to expand fence into our last pasture that hasn’t been grazed in 8 years.
As for the invading dogs, I sneaked up the hill the next day after the attack and saw two German Shepherds in our pasture. The saw me and ran away and jumped over our fence. The next day, I went with camera and waited. Evidence shown below. I have provided this information to animal control and am hopeful they will be able to remedy this situation soon.
In the meantime, I was thinking that many people would love to be goat-herders right now since people have so much time on their hands. How many people would enjoy sitting in the shade, with a big, friendly dog (ours), watching 25 goats play and eat in the safety of our green, irrigated pasture close to the house.
Anyway, here’s the photo evidence of invaders-in-action: