Loving the herd life
- Nov 30, 2020
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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.Unless you have an instance of suddenly increased predator load (like us after the terrible California fires several years ago), or large predators like cougar and bear, you are probably fine. His size and presence with your female will be intimidation enough. Don't worry.
Fortunately, we have no cougar or bear. What sent my worries into overdrive was a recent encounter with a raccoon. To be fair, he was a pretty big boy, but still a raccoon, not a coyote or coyote mix. Annie went to the stock and Shep went after the coon, no fear or hesitation. He looked like he'd lived his whole young life to get to handle that situation. He was in his element. Except he couldn't seem to dispatch him for reasons obvious to us, but not to him. The coon barely missed his eye and bit him on the face and leg. We heard the noise and resolved the issue, but we wondered how it would go had it been something larger and if we hadn't been there to step in. And although Annie has the Anatolian spirit, she is so tiny.
I do think we're going to allow him to finish growing before making a decision. I would love to add a third dog just to provide extra support to them, but I don't want to grow too fast too quickly either. It's just not a clear yes/no to me, you know?
Shep wasn't phased at all by his injuries. He wasn't actually licking his wounds here; he was chewing on a treat we gave him for his efforts.