Sentry, Baymule’s Livestock Guard Dog

Baymule

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Sentry was all about the sheep until his surgery. Then he went in a crate in the house, I took him out to potty with a sling under his belly. Took him for walks, so many minutes per walk, so many times a day, gradually increasing it. That was for 3 weeks, then a small pen at the barn, but by that time, he had transferred his loyalty to me. I still had to walk him multiple times a day for several more weeks. It was some intensive therapy for a couple of months. He is VERY protective of me. I'm trying to teach him to be more friendly, I sure don't need him to bite anybody.

Those white feet are pretty, I love them too!
 

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Sentry loves to play with Sheba, his best buddy. She is 11 months old and much bigger than he is. He adores her.
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A lot has happened since my last post. BJ passed away September 20, 2021. I sold the Lindale farm, moved to a house in Trinity county that belonged to my son, in February 2022. Found another farm, 25 acres, also in Trinity county and closed on it July 15, 2022. I spent a couple of months rehabbing the double wide and getting fence up for the sheep and dogs. Moved in August 27, 2022. Through these tumultuous times, Sentry stayed the course, guarding his sheep and being the good dog he is.

Sentry and Sheba are a team. They work together, guarding, barking to warn away predators and playing with each other. They are loving the big field they share with the sheep.

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There is lots of grass, the sheep are living it up. Sentry and Sheba cris-cross the field, run the outer parameter, making it safe for the sheep. They are living the good life.

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There is a pond in their field, that concerned Sentry to start with, having never had his feet in more than a puddle. He soon learned to walk into the water for a drink. The pond is low, due to heat and drought this summer. Sentry patrols the pond as part of his morning guard duties.

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I’m sitting in a recliner, looking out the window, 5days out from knee replacement surgery. Sentry and Sheba are working the field, doing what they do. Coyotes are pretty bad here, but the sheep are safe, dogs bark their warnings. I can’t go outside and do anything yet, I have to heal up. In the meantime, friend Chris is taking care of sheep and dogs and Sentry is on the job.

I sure could use a Sentry hug about now, but I have to be careful of my knee. All things in due time. When I’m better, Sentry will be waiting.

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