Thursday, March 7, 2013

Puppies and Alpacas

Trouble is coming.  The puppies are starting to think about venturing out of their home.  That means we will start needing to watch for little pee puddles.  That's going to be lots of fun with a toddler around.  :)

Their adorableness makes up for it though.


The kids are still having fun with their 4-H alpaca club.  Christian took the camera over the other day while Grace was getting a weaving lesson and took some fun shots.

A cashmere goat.


McQueen and Monroe



Fuzzy lips.

Dagger and Griffin playing around.

This week Christian stayed home with Claire so I had a chance to go with the kids.  I only got to watch Naomi work with McQueen while the other two were inside dying alpaca fiber with Kool-aid.
She does a great job.  She's firm yet gentle and the 4-H leaders are impressed with how well she handles them for her young age.  McQueen is a young one and needs a lot of work to be ready for a show.  Grace and Aiden are awesome with them as well, I was just too cold to stay out any longer to take their pictures. 



Speaking of animals.  In about a week we will be getting an early morning call from the post office that our newly ordered chicks have arrived.  We finally decided to be brave owners of chickens again.  After nearly 3 dozen chickens died a violent death from a fat fox a couple summers ago we were too depressed to try again, but we think we are ready now. 

Pictures to come!

15 comments:

  1. You need a BIG dog to guard the chickens. Hope you have success with the chicks this time. Remembering baby chicks brings back so many memories. They are so cute and fuzzy. I am sure the children have fun with them.

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  2. If I could be guaranteed a gentle dog that didn't chase the children or bark excessively I would go for it! The kids are trying tot talk us into a golden retriever anyway. :)

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  3. Think about Australian Shepherd. We have one-it is a mix-but mostly Aust Shepherd. They are very gentile dogs and good with children. They are "herders" however and may take some getting used to. But I do not think they will chase the children. As for barking--well I do not know what to tell you. Ours barks when she needs to. She gets along well with other dogs. Sometimes we have 10 to 12 dogs at our house. Between our son and the grand children they all bring all their dogs when they come over. And I think the children would really like that kind of dog.

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  4. Yikes, Aunt Becky...10-12 dogs at your house! Don't put ideas into my kids' heads!

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    1. Wasn't meaning to give the children ideas. But thank goodness the 10-12 dogs is very infrequent!!

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  5. Lol, mom! Don't get a golden retriever Christy, they shed like nobodies business! Maybe a golden doodle though ;)
    So how many chickens are you getting? I love all the alpaca pictures they are such funny looking creatures aren't they?! Does that place sell yarn?

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    1. I agree, the Golden Retrievers do shed, but then so do the Australian Shepherds. The A Shepherds are much smarter then the G. Retrievers. I know, because our son, John, has a G. Retriever, and even he says our A. Shepherd is much smarter.
      Alpaca yarn would make Wonderful scarves!

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  6. Christy--did not mean to take up your blog with a discussion of dogs. (Please forgive me) But I always look forward to your new posts. I love how you always put your children FIRST! I never tire of hearing about their projects.

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  7. Aunt Becky, do you have problems with the AS getting into trouble? I've noticed that the smarter breeds can also be kind of sneaky. I love big dogs though, I wish we had lots of land like we did in NY so we could have another lab.

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    1. This AS that we have is absolutely trouble free for us. She was a rescue dog and has some issues from her past. She is very paranoid, especially with loud noises--wind-the pool sweeper--any kind of noise she cannot understand. But she is a very loving dog and very tolerant of other dogs. Except when we go walking. Then she is protective.

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  8. Aunt Becky,
    Not a problem at all! You got us going now. We found and Australian Shepherd rescue near us and already filled out an application. :) It would have to be the "perfect" dog for us though so we shall see. We love the Australian Shepherds that we do know and we are thinking that the rescue is the way to go. That we can really get a good idea of the dog's personality before going for it.

    Amy,
    We were looking at Golden-doodles but they were $800. Yikes! Not what we were looking to spend. Plus they are not the prettiest looking dog in our opinion and the poodle as a breed isn't the nicest so I'm not sure how good it would be with kids. And yes, the alpaca farm sells yarn. It isn't super cheap though but it is super soft!

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    1. Christy, I am glad you are looking at AS. I think you will be satisfied with your choice. But I will remind you, they are natural "herders". I am sure your children will love it. Even Clare, too.

      Amy, Have no idea about Golden-doodles. Yikes they are expensive. We have some friends with a a very big poodle-I think it was a show dog. Absolutely beautiful! That is about all I can say about it.

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  9. haha! yeah that's the trouble with those "designer breeds" they're costly! Poodles have great personalities though and are non-shedding which is why they are crossing them with everything now! Like I said though, I love the big dogs, they usually have great personalities and are great with kids. I've always wanted a Great Dane, although I wouldn't want to clean up after one!

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  10. Oh Aunt Becky, the more you talk about them the more you are talking me into it. :)

    Amy,
    Christian said if we do get a bigger dog then the kids are on poop duty daily. Of course they agreed but we'll see how that goes in the long run. :)

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    1. Yeh, cleaning up after big dogs is not fun. We have a large yard and our dog does her business at the furtherest area of the yard. At least if we have guests they are not stepping into it. So I can take my "scooper" and clean up a lot at once.
      Cannot wait to see the chicks!!

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