Sheba-A Marvelous Gift

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I was contacted by a person wishing to remain anonymous, with an offer of an Anatolian puppy. As I read the generous offer to BJ, we both burst into tears. Because of Sentry’s hip dysplasia and surgery and our decision not to put him through another surgery, this person felt bad for us. Needless to say, we are totally blown away by this.

So, Sheba has entered our lives, as of today. She is 11 weeks old, fawn color with a blue mask. She comes from older, mature parents, working dogs with no bad hips.

On the way home, Sheba sat in the floor for about a minute before crawling into my lap and snuggling down. She cried a few times, then settled right down.
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Welcome home Sheba.

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She hesitated a moment, looking around, then came in the house. I offered her food and water, she nibbled a few bites and got a drink.

Sheba laid down at BJ’s feet after getting ear rubs.

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Then she came to me and laid at my feet.

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It’s been a long day, especially for a little puppy who traveled twice as far as we did. We all took a nap.

She has met Sentry, Trip and Carson. They were eager to sniff and check her out. She was a little cowed, but that was to be expected from a little girl with 3 big drooling dogs crowding around her.

I went outside to do chores, BJ went out on the porch and Sheba went on alert at this man on the porch! She barked a deep serious bark at him! He was delighted at her bravery.

She puddled the floor the minute I turned my back. I firmly said no no no no and she started crying. I hustled her outside as she peed the rest on the porch. LOL LOL I walked her around praising her, I don’t think house breaking will be a problem, I just need to stay on top of this. Here we go!

We are so grateful for Sheba. Paris is 12 years old, so we got Sentry to train and ease into the pack. We hope Paris has a long life, but reality is that every day is numbered. Then the terrible discovery of Sentry’s hip dysplasia, the following surgery and now the weak leg that dangles. Without a good leg to stand on, another surgery is out of the question. When the other hip blows out, a hard decision will be made. Having Sheba means so much to us, words are just not enough. We are Blessed.
 

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Sentry is over the moon over Sheba. Last night I took her out for the late night potty walk. Trip, Carson and Sentry were napping in the soft sand. Carson and Sentry both greeted Sheba and played a little with her. This emboldened her, with a yip-yip she pounced on Trip. He awakened, turned and snapped, snarling at her. She screamed in terror, Sentry rushed to her rescue, first sniffing her to see if she was ok, then snarling at Trip. OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!! Trip snarled back and the fight was on. I waded into the melee yelling at both of them, Sheba in tow on the leash, screaming because I dragged her to a dogfight. Carson wisely ran away to a safe distance and Paris barked from her pasture. Trip and Sentry backed down, I grabbed both by the scruff and told them, I AM THE ALPHA DOG. Then I petted all the dogs, Sheba stopped wailing, Sentry at her side. Trip smiled and trotted off on patrol and Carson, seeing that it was now safe, came in for his share of attention, bringing me a stick he refused to let me have. Dog Drama.
 

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Sheba displayed her dominant tendencies last night. Carson and Sentry were in the house and she barked at them, demanding that they play with her. Already trying to be the boss dog. Then she saw her reflection in the glass on the TV fake fireplace console and barked at herself. I took her outside every 30 minutes and finally she squatted and peed, I praised her. At 10:30 we went out and she peed twice more. She cried a little when we went to bed, but we told to hush and she did. We are so impressed with her, never on a leash, first night away from her mommy and littermates, I really thought she would cry all night. Since we don't want puppy potty and puppy chewed up things overnight, she is in a large dog crate or kennel. Out to potty first thing this morning, then back in for breakfast and water, back out to potty, back in to play with Sentry, back out to potty, this is now my life. LOL

Sentry is very needy, he is concerned about this upstart displacing him. He needs reassurance that he is still Momma's Baby. Haha. He pricks up his ears, wrinkles up his face in deep thought, trying to figure out this new arrival. I think they will soon be good friends.
 

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Our daughter and the girls came for the weekend. Friends of hers twin girls were graduating and DD was invited. We certainly enjoyed our weekend with them. Sheba didn’t know what to make of little people to start with, but soon warmed up to them.

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Sheba is growing like a weed, she is almost as tall as Sentry. It further illustrates the difference between a poorly bred dog and a well bred dog. Neither one of them care, they are buddies and one of them will be losing his num-nums to prevent his ever passing on his genetic faults.

Sheba "talks". She says ROOOOO and ARRAAAWW and yips little barks. She makes us laugh and has brought us great joy. She is gaining confidence with the sheep and behaves herself well with them. Wish the cranky ewes would behave as well as she does. She is highly intelligent and I am slowly leading her in the direction I want her to go in. She loves to play with the boys and darts in and out ROOOOOing and ARRAAAWWing and barking at them. Sheba rules.

Paris is friendly-sorta-at the fence. They will never be friends. Paris hates other female dogs and I know her to be a killer of cats, possums, snakes and anything she doesn't like-which is just about everything except chickens and sheep. Sheba wouldn't stand a chance with her clumsy lanky puppy body and tiny puppy teeth. Indeed, as she grows older, I will still never let them be together-it would be a fight and I don't care how "nice" Paris can be at times, she is just a mean b!tch. Paris even turns on the boys when she can't catch the garbage truck going down the road on the other side of "her" fence. She piles into them out of frustration and woe to them if another dog is outside the fence. She still loves Sentry and they play well together. Totally bumfuzzeling to me why she loves him and hates everyone else. Go figure.

Sheba still sleeps in the house at night, but is spending less and less time in the house. In about a week or two, I will set her up with Sentry for a companion and she can become a guard dog. Right now she is asleep at my feet. She likes to be a close to me as she can. She often lays on my feet while I am cooking, but I have to move, so I just step over her. LOL

Sheba is a fantastic dog, we love her. This will be an interesting next couple of years as she grows and matures into the farm partner she will become.
 

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We butchered chickens today. I tethered Sheba to a gate in the shade, near us but not in the way. The sun got on her and she barked at me! I was watching to see what she would do and she did not disappoint. Barking orders at me! LOL LOL This dog has a mind of her own and knows how to use it.
 
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