Most people know that we have a lot of dogs. In fact, we have 7 dogs that we love very much. As you can imagine it can get expensive feeding that many dogs, not to mention the cost of chew toys, beds, treats, and anything else that they end up needing. So, for a little while now I’ve fiddled around with making them homemade dog food and dog treats. The dog food has a way to go before it’s an easy process with all the proper nutrients. But, the dogs treats I’ve made faster headway with and now I’m considering selling them on the side if I have enough interest or find the right market for them.
Our little black calves are goofy, playful, and friendly. They are a lot of work, but we love our rambunctious group.
It’s been quite awhile since I shared anything on here. However, life has continued on at the same hurried pace.
We are remodeling the farmhouse. Growing our cattle herd. Trying to stay warm in these chilly winter months along with looking after the rest of the animals.
Every year I’m disappointed that I can’t spend more time sitting on the couch sipping my coffee and reading a book, but in reality I wouldn’t have it any other way. If I didn’t have the house to work on or the animals to look after life would certainly be a little dull.
Napa is the first dog I adopted as an adult on my own. I was working at a dog kennel and she came in to be trained as a narcotic detection dog for the Police force. She unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) failed some of the testing steps for the training. They were looking at sending her back to the rescue group they got her from, I just had to step in and adopt my sweet psychotic Napa.
We lived in California for a little while together, then we made the 12 hour car ride to Washington state to start a new life. After awhile we both agreed Washington was just to wet for our liking so we picked up and moved to our farm in Southwest Virginia.
Napa’s day are now filled with chicken wrangling, ball chasing, and snoozing on the porch. At about 11 years old it’s amazing to me how hardy and athletic she still is. She welcomes every new person who comes to the farm with a tail wag and a tennis ball presented at their feet. If she can’t fine a ball she’ll bring you a stick or any other object she can find so that you’ll play fetch with her.
Hud is our almost 5 year old Rough Collie. He is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever had.
He has that natural herding instinct that’s so common with the Collie breed. He loves everyone including our grouchy barn cat. Hud went from being a suburban pet in Washington state to a full blown farm dog in Virginia and he loves it!
His days include following the chickens around making sure they eat all the bugs, barking at the cows… he keeps them in line, and relaxing on the front porch. At the end of the day he usually collapses in the kitchen. He rolls over on his back with all four feet in the air and snoozes the night away.
I got 5 new heifers this week. I think they are just perfect! What should we name them??