Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Guardian Dog- Rocky the Gentle Giant
As fate would have it- we have a fellow farmer friend that knew a family who needed to find a home for their Great Pyrenees dog named Rocky. He's 14 months old and about as big as a small pony. I've now known him for 3 hrs and I already know he's going to be a great dog. He's gentle and obedient and he's in the barn with about 9 hens tonight. He didn't go after them so that's good. He did look like he would jump up and attack the barn swallows though so it looks like he's got a good guarding instinct.
We need him to protect the chickens and the sheep and get the fox and groundhogs.
He's going to go to another farmer friend tomorrow who has volunteered to help train him a little more with lambs and chickens for a few weeks and then we'll bring him back and get him adjusted to our farm. I almost don't want to send him to the other farm for training as I like him so much.
It's amazing how much this farm has changed me and helped me grow as a person- only a year ago I would have been totally scared of a dog this big but I now see through the size and see the actions and personality of the animal. We were hanging out with Rocky and he was getting a little antsy- so I said to Mike-- he's got to do his business. Sure enough..... he didn't know where to go. Big dog looks like he's frantic-- but really he just needed to pee.
Good lesson for life- sometimes a person looks mean/nice/big/small/etc.... but you have to look beyond the outside layers.