Tansy accompanied me into the field of rams. It is still breeding season and so I need her as back-up just in case (Finnsheep rams are usually very respectful, but it is wise to never take chances especially during this time of year.) She knew I wanted to get a good look at my boys, and so without any prompting she found a spot to watch, but gave a good and comfortable distance. She carefully chose well. Close enough to keep the rams cautious, but at a distance far enough away to keep them relaxed enough to handle and visit. I never said a word. When I was done working with my boys, I turned to come back out of the field. Tansy watched my back. As the old saying goes, "Never turn your back on a ram...." except when you have a faithful farm dog with you. Tansy continued to lay in her self-appointed spot. When I was far enough from the rams to keep them from spooking, I prompted Tansy who gleefully came back to where she wanted to be and was in her heart... beside me. Sometimes the best stories to me are simply knowing that I can count on my good farm dogs to think for the good of everyone and keep everyone safe and comfortable as possible. Love this girl's intuition!
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This blog chronicles our very full life here on WoodSong Farm. We will share everything from dog to sheep stories, unique wooly works, to animal husbandry tips we pick up along the way. I hope this helps to give you an idea of what our extended farm family and wooly projects are like, and that we may somehow benefit everyone who reads about our journey.