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!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hasta Luego Alameda



The sunrises in Alameda are gorgeous...


Under the bright morning sun, filtered by the trees, a world thrives all of its own...


The pasture has been irrigated, the seedlings have started...

 

Our work here has just begun... but a break has also begun to let the grass seed establish... 
The goats will be back to work here for weeding in the late summer/fall...


When we return perhaps the balloonists will be out in full...


...Untouched parts of the ditch await our return...


The horses have enjoyed living and working in Alameda... 
Back on the road we go!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dozer the Cassanova



The Dozer, Cassanova...


 When the Mares, Doonie and Pecos, went to work on the road, 
Dozer decided it was time to round up a few new fillies...


He had stopped checking in and then we got word that he and Chopo had moved into the local Horse Sanctuary herd...


So it was time for them to come home... Chopo was the only one that would be caught though... 


 Dozer was elusive, so a special trip was organized to bring him in...


 As soon as he saw us Dozer began to bunch his herd and ducked into the barn...


Apparently he has taken up with this big draft horse...


 She watched quietly while all the other horses trotted around wondering what we were up to...


Dozer did a lot of running around.. he is fun to watch, none of the other horses around have the beautiful extension that his legs naturally have...


It was also interesting to watch him round up the herd. They were not interested in going anywhere especially after having been chased home once by Chopo and dad...
 

So they idled nearby watching the activity...

 

...while Dozer ran circles and half moons around them collecting them all together...



Dozer has a lot of charisma and some experience running his own harem, so the efficiency that he shows in rounding up his mares is real...


Luna, the dun in the rear is also from the Jicarilla.. 
she and her daughter share some of that beautiful elegant wildness..


...they seem to get along well with my boy... 


 The only one that doesn't like the Doz is this chestnut, left of the black draft...



I am pretty sure Dozer's plan (though too soon forced into action) was to bring his new herd back to our range and his querencia south of SunStar...


I was sorry to break up his fun, but he is a domestic horse now...


These bums WISH they had a job...



The Chestnut kept showing his displeasure with Dozer, 
though it appears that the worst of it had already been expressed through hoof and tooth...

 

 ...busy boy...


Dozer's cavalry blood shines through when he is in his element...



 ...Fancy Mover...


I asked Dozer for a kiss, and though he hesitated, blinked and turned his ears, 
his overriding need to be a studly horse took him away again...









Dozer would have had the whole herd in the palm of his hoof, had it not been for that chestnut...












 In the end, the disturbance caused by me on foot and dad on Chopo was too much for the horses and they asked Dozer to leave... Doz took off toward home and was followed in HOT pursuit by Chopo who wanted Dozer to behave.  


 The Doz ran all the way home (three miles+)... but couldn't stay, and continued on another mile south to his safe place on the range.. Chopo and dad still hot on his heels.



They looped around another couple miles before I saw a tired Dozer walking home down the road... maybe... to be sure I drove up and cut him off from heading back to the Sanctuary...


He saw me and almost all the urge to disagree dissapeared...


He walked home. But he still was amped up and wanted to take off again, through a fence maybe...
I walked up to him, and though I almost had his allegiance, I didn't entirely have him...


...until the maremma puppy walking with me waltzed right up to him, licked his leg and lay down preventing his movement. The pup calmed him and I walked over with my bale twine.


He won't admit it, but he was glad to be home. 
I will admit it, I was Very happy to have him back. Even though I had to go back to work with the goats in Alameda... I wish I was taking him with me... Soon he will be on the road and I in the saddle, just as soon as he is HOA bombproof approved.