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  1. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Annie is 2, will be 3 this year. It cracks me up to see the size charts for Maremmas in the US. I think you're right that maremmas have shrunk in size (here in the states). The AKC has it wrong, sadly, but I do know that there are small maremmas here somehow that fit in that size range and...
  2. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    I love hearing that about Sentry. I think when it's meant to be they find us. Sounds like Sentry was sure meant to be your boy. I have to remind myself sometimes that it's a day at a time. I will continue to ponder getting backup for Shep and Annie, but will hold off for a bit. For now...
  3. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Would you expect Annie to still grow at her age? The GPs we've known and had would be done by now. Every time she's at the vet I am hopeful that she's at least put on a few pounds but she's holding steady in the low 60's since we got her. You're right about that coon. He was very well fed...
  4. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    That must have been awful for so many reasons. My brother lived in Cali at the time and for many years. Can't imagine the added worry about livestock and the fires. :hugs Fortunately, we have no cougar or bear. What sent my worries into overdrive was a recent encounter with a raccoon. To...
  5. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    I hope that's the case! I probably worry too much. ❤
  6. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    We would have been reluctant to give him up. We love him dearly and he will always have a place with us in return for his heart being in the right place with wanting to look after us. He is a very gentle "old soul" kind of dog and looks after us in his way. When it became apparent that...
  7. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    That's great! We were in Europe when we were involved with Newfies and many things are different here about that. I don't suppose any of the tests will show what Shep has, but it's nice that there is more than hips in the testing for breeders who participate.
  8. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    That's exactly how we got Annie. She had only been around cooped chickens though. I think it happens a lot between females especially.
  9. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    It was a pleasure to read this. While these two are our first LGD working dogs, years ago I worked with working Newfies. They did water rescue and there was a significant amount of swimming and training exercises at the lake every week and they also were champions in the ring. They also rode...
  10. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    I think a good breeder like that is essential, whatever the breed. Although he's been a pretty easy dog, after all of the health problems with Shep (who wasn't cheap anyway) and then the unhinged registered maremma pup, we really want to get our next dog from a breeder that has a history and...
  11. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Thank you! It is unfortunate that it turned out this way with Shep's jaw. I guess being new to this when we got him, we were unsure of whether or not to bring him in and I'm glad we did, considering the way it's going. You mentioned spaying working females to keep them on the job. Three...
  12. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Awe, poor Chewy! How is he doing now? We did spay Annie in November for that reason. I had hoped to have a litter from her that we could keep a pup from as she's been such a great dog. But we agree with you about not wanting to breed forward defects so we spayed her. Also wanted him to...
  13. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Oh, how wonderful! It's amazing what they're able to do through surgery nowadays. You're right... always some dog drama! We love their spunk though. haha
  14. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Thank you :) We'll see how it goes. It is definitely the hips you hear about. Ofa testing, etc wouldn't have helped us on this one. If anyone has pointers for choosing #3, I'd be happy to hear them. Our criteria for now is that he be male as Annie likes to be the only lady in town.
  15. AgnesGray

    New Anatolian Shephard puppy - Questions

    I have seen that flip and it's an incredible thing to watch! Always a good reminder of how strong they really are.
  16. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Yes, hopefully not. Just taking it a day at a time. They told us if he really goes after something his jaw could snap. He loves chasing raccoons and anything really that shouldn't be there. We know the day could come when we have tough calls to make, but we hope the situation with this jaw...
  17. AgnesGray

    New Anatolian Shephard puppy - Questions

    Thanks! I agree!
  18. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Mid-summer, Shep is growing up and living his best life with his new buddy Annie. We start to notice the side of his jaw is a little bit sloped to one side and where his baby teeth vacated space, there are no adult teeth on one side. We start to see the dog vet, then another, then our farm...
  19. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Thanks for reading! I do as well!
  20. AgnesGray

    Our LGD Journey

    Meanwhile I had been keeping an eye out for another potential companion for him. Before I share how that all came to be, I will say that looking back, we feel incredibly lucky. It very easily could have gone much differently, but it didn't. I first saw a post about Annie in an LGD group on...
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