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Big White Bear Cub


The classic “departure” bath at pick-up.

I will have more photos and details about the puppy tomorrow, but I just wanted to say we brought one home!

Also (responding to questions on the previous post), I want to reassure you that Coco’s needs will be met first. After all, the puppy is here to be her companion. (Was not otherwise even remotely thinking about adding a second LGD.) It takes time to “grow up” a companion, so the time to start is now since I have determined the obvious–that Coco must go back to field work full-time, for her own safety. Under no circumstances will Coco be directly exposed to a bouncing pup until she is back on all four feet and strong. There are numerous variables I can’t know at the moment regarding the timing and healing status at which Coco will come home, but whatever those variables add up to when the time comes, Coco will be given time to re-establish her turf before being introduced to the puppy (who is currently in the house). The puppy will be brought to Coco in her kingdom, not the other way around, and it will be an audience with the Queen. Coco has always taken the alpha dog role on the farm, with any dog, and the puppy will be introduced carefully on Coco’s terms, probably for short supervised visits at first while they develop their relationship.

Meanwhile, excuse me, I have a bear cub at my feet. And I think it needs to be on my lap!

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Things Going On Today


1. The hens are LAYING. In this box on the back porch. I have a plan, but need some better weather to execute it. The box will move with the plan. They like it. (And a few more smallish boxes. They’re cardboard, won’t last forever, but this entire plan has a makeshift air to it–until I can get a chicken house built.)

2. Buttercup, who is 13 years old, my oldest cat, who has moved with me four times, has almost forgiven me for Maude. But not quite.

3. I’m going to try to get hold of my superboys later today to schedule some fencing. March is around the corner and I’m running out of round bales. Fence it and spring will come, right? I have to spend some money somewhere–getting the fencing done, or more square bales. I think I’ve got enough square bales left to make it if I have the fencing prepared so they can MOVE as soon as the grass starts growing. This has been a mild winter. I’m going to get the fencing done and believe. (The fencing work needs done anyway, so I might as well place my bets there.)

4. I have no new news about Coco (other than that she continues to be fine).

5. Since I started talking about a field companion for Coco, I’ve had so many emails about LGD pups from readers who breed, wanting to gift Coco with a companion. Did you know Great Pyrs can have up to 12 in a litter? (That’s like giving birth to an entire sports team.) I’m going to see a puppy today, which most likely means I’m coming home with a puppy.

I’ll let you know!

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