Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fog Fun and Fur


We had some very beautiful and wet weather this summer...


The dogs took full advantage...


To PLAY!


Aussies and Maremmas both love fresh mornings like this when the rain is still damp and the scent lingers happily in the air...


...Badger and his crew...


FOG.


Zuli and Badger are royals atop the hill...



The Maremma pups love to apply mud masks in the rain...


A fun way to tell the dogs apart...



Crystal, here, has moved up to Velarde to live on an Apple Farm!


And Giallo has moved to a local neighborhood where she is guarding goats, chickens and a small kiddo as well as her people...


Guppy waits and watches...



Sunrise and wet air...! What a treat for these dwellers of the High Desert...!




Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sketching GoatScaping

 GoatScaping


The season is not over yet!

Our goats love this time of year when the temperatures dip and the plant seeds finish ripening...
Many weeds such as Tumbleweed and Ragweed are delicious this time of year and fill the goat belly with heat-making forage. Goats eat Tumbleweed on the coldest of days.

Look us up... your soil will thank you!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Shadoe is Missing!

Shadoe is Missing!

Last seen at the Buckman Transfer Station in Santa Fe looking to get out of the fence
Lost on Saturday at the Whole Foods on Cerrillos Road when she tried to follow me into the store. Store personel shooed her out of the store and others chased her through the parking lots trying to catch her. She was last seen by Animal Control at St Francis and Alameda.
May be trying to head home to our farm 30 miles to the south near Madrid/Cerrillos

Please Call me if spotted. Scared and may not come, but knows her name. 505-470-8741


Dark black tri
40-45 pounds
1 1/2 year old
Aussie/Border Collie Mix
long tail
no collar
sweet herding dog in training



Thanks to everyone helping me search for my little shadow...

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Shadoe GoatDog!


Shadoe is a wonderful up-and-coming goat dog...
In this series Shadoe herds the goats across Casa Del Oro 
in Eldorado and back to GoatCamp for break...


Shadoe spent a few months working mostly on her own with me in Eldorado last summer...


I really like how she gently and easily loops around the herd keeping them organized and on track...


Curly, the Guardian Maremma, follows along behind, keeping the rear safe from predators...


The lead goats don't like the dog coming in too close, but she does not back down or push too hard...


A lot of what she does in subtle and simply shows the goats which way is easier and which is too hard..


With Doonie the Quarab gently, but firmly, bringing up the rear the troop continues together to the edge of the road...










After the herd bunches at the edge of the road Shadoe comes in and pressures the group across...


Switching back to make sure the last goats don't slow down too much...



Shadoe stands on the white line of safety, letting the crew idle into their pen...

Here, pictured around 10 months, is a fantastic active GoatHerd Dog...

Summertime in the Land of Enchantment


Well, here I am catching up on hot and cold running internet at Santa Fe Farmers Market's 
Cafe FRESH... ( THE place for fancy coffee, Taos Cow Icecream, and most importantly, the Green Drink (a Local ingredients Smoothie production)... 


The Summer is heating up and market festivities such as our May Day celebration are up and coming..


Back at the farm the local feral horse herd has been visiting our own working crew many mornings...


We have had to round up Dozer a few times as he has made a project of taking leadership of the local "wild" ones. 
He has several mares that have just about moved in...


Snakes have begun to emerge from the earth in full strength...


Shadoe is a keen snake scout and alerts me to their presence...


 Shadoe uses caution when pointing out rattlers to me...


Doggo is careful too, though she has met enough individuals to know wether they are dangerous or not. 


This big Diamondback is quite respectful and after a few clicks I respected his presence as well and moved my dog pack on...


The Llamas have had a great time learning our local range. They come home to visit about every other day now.. I always love to see them out browsing the sock stickers and ragweed... Eventually they will join the crew lending a bit of LlamaScaping to our land care routine... 


What a sight those camelids would be working alongside the goats at the Santa Fe Skies RV Park!


We have very much enjoyed our work at the RV Park... 
The people are great and many guests have seen GoatScaping across the country in their travels and are always happily grinning when they see the crew at work here in New Mexico.
Aphid explosions are feeding a healthy population of Lady Bugs... always a good sign when the smallest of lives are so valued and respected. 


Summertime in The Land of Enchantment!