Buford T. Justice

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It’s not raining! Very muddy, but sun will come out today and start drying up around here. Cooper and his girls bedded down last night around the round bale. The ground is a little bit higher, covered with dropped hay and NOT MUDDY. Ewenique and her 2 lambs just came out of their shelter. Buford is up, no sign of Sheba and Sentry yet. Ewenique’s white lamb is a muddy blob on legs.

It’s 36F with high of 56F. What I would really like to do is sit here half the morning drinking my coffee, so I only made 2 cups. And no way will I keep the ewes and lambs locked up now that they are moving about. Last gulp on first cup, I’m getting dressed and out I go. Dogs are up now too.
 

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I’m back in now, 2 hours later, second cup of coffee. Fed sheep and horse, did eye drops on horse.

Now it’s BUFORD TIME! I put him, Senrty and Sheba, in the small holding pen at the end of the sheep chutes and working equipment. They played and ran off excess energy. I think Buford and Sheba will make a good working team. Sheba is a bit much for Sentry, with his bone structure problems, but Buford was ready to play!

Zoomies!

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Let’s go again!

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Fun time is over, Mom says time to go to work. Wait, what’s THIS? You didn’t say anything about leash training !

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Let’s go walking! That is a term I use with Sentry and Sheba when we walk the pasture and fence together. They both love it and “show” me around.

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Sheep!

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What is this up ahead? Hurry! Sheba and Sentry are already there! Cow monsters!

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I got this Mom! I won’t let those cow monsters get you!

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We had a good walk. I worked on “come” with a few tugs on the leash. With so many exciting things happening, it was hard on a puppy, but he gave me loving eyes and came to me. Sometimes it took a lot of tugs, but it was a very good first leash lesson.

Fancy, 3 week old lamb will run to me when she sees me. Unusual behavior for a new lamb, never had one do this. Even with a big bumbling puppy at my side, she still ran to me—twice! It was good for Buford as he got to sniff her a little and I didn’t let him play with her.

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Very proud of Buford on his first pasture walk and leash lesson.
 

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Today I fed all 3 dogs together. Sentry is always first. Buford gets REAL excited over food! He ran to Sentry’s pan and Sentry near tore his head off. Same thing, Sheba nearly tore his head off. I set Buford’s pan down and he inhaled it.

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Buford is coming along. He has learned to sit and semi walk on a leash. He’s pretty good with Come! He totally understands AAHHNNTTT!

After I put the sheep in the night pen in the evenings, I let him loose with Sheba and Sentry, off leash. He runs ahead, then runs back to me, licks my hand and runs off again. He LOVES the water!

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Today I let him out of his pen, on the field with Sentry and Sheba for 3 hours. Then I turned out the ewes and lambs. This was test day. Would he chase the lambs when they bounced and ran? Would he chase the ewes? Bite legs or ears?

I got a lawn chair and sat out in the field. Buford did great. He was tired from his playing with Sentry and Sheba. They were stretched out in the shade, taking a nap, so he did too.

Up jumped the dogs to go bark at a truck, Buford too. He wandered back, tried to make friends with some ewes, but they ran at him, protecting their lambs. They know Sentry and Sheba, but don’t know Buford. He trailed behind them, in correct posture, head down, tail down and moving slow. That’s what a good dog does.

Buford checked in with me from time to time, getting reassurance and lots of good dog’s. He went back to the pond, the ewes were getting drinks from the pond and got defensive. Lambs ran, Buford didn’t even start to chase. He persisted in hanging out with the ewes and was finally able to walk through the flock, in the correct posture, non threatening.

I eased out of sight and sat in the truck, where he couldn’t see me. He came looking for me, wandered around and wound up taking a nap in his pen. I came in the house and took a nap too.

When I fed the dogs, Buford was so funny. Sentry is fed first, he was sitting but keeping an eye on that brat of a puppy. Buford was all excited and SITTING! Only problem was he was sitting for Sentry’s pan. I told Sentry Take It and he lost no time doing so. Sheba was sitting patiently, Buford was too. He was sitting, wiggling with excitement, showing me that he was a good boy! No Buford, not yours. I told Sheba Take It and she did.
Finally it was Buford’s turn. He was sitting, wiggling with excitement, so funny. I set his pan down, catching his collar, Wait,Wait-Take It!
Buford has learned a lot in a short time. He is a smart puppy and shows a lot of promise.
 
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