It has been a while since I have talked about Heidi, our Pyrenees puppy. She is about 10 months old now. It seems like just yesterday she was a tiny puppy and very unsure of the goats. The dwarf goats dwarfed her.
|OMG What ARE these things staring at me???|
Over the spring and summer she spent supervised time with the goats. I had to watch her so that she did not chase the babies. The larger goats kept her in line and I also had to make sure the goats did not hurt the puppy. I taught her that I am the pack and herd leader. She willing relinquishes food and treats if I ask for them. One day I noticed that she gently nudged one of the Nigerian babies away from her food bowl. No growling or snapping, just a simple gesture that said this is my food.
|A lesson in respect.|
Recently, Heidi's guardian instincts have kicked in and she stays closer to the goats. Now if the goats go out to browse she goes with them and periodically she patrols the fence line and gives warning barks in her deep "big dog" bark. She has earned the goats' respect and is now allowed in the barn and on the deck with them.
|Heidi standing beside our Mini LaMancha Lulu.|