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!


  1. CATRAY44 says:

    A puppy!!! How exciting! (And how generous!) Looking forward to to pictures!

  2. Yankee in NC says:

    ooohhh…a puppy! Maude, a new puppy and what else do you need???
    I miss seeing pics of GloryBee and her momma!

  3. Sheila Z says:

    Get a male pup. Pyrs tend to have bitch fights when you put two females together. A male and a female will never have that problem. Coco will take to a male pup much easier and won’t feel displaced.

  4. Julia says:

    oooh. Is this really a good time for a new puppy? Won’t Coco still be on restricted activities for a few weeks when she gets home? And won’t she be feeling vulnerable anyway, and then to come home to an interloper? Am I reading too much into a dog’s personality?

    Well, you will think about everything and make the best decision. It’s wonderful that you have so many offers from your readers. It shows how important you are to us.

  5. sophanne says:

    My brain while reading…
    reading , reading nodding, nodding. number 5…. BIG GRIN.

  6. lavenderblue says:

    Okay, I missed something. Who’s Maude?
    Julia, I was wondering about the puppy timing, too. Mainly, because Coco could still need a lot of medical attention when she comes home. But I was also wondering about the jealousy factor.

    On the other hand, we had a dog, one time, who was at death’s door, due to old age. We brought a young cat in out of necessity; we had mice. The dog perked right up. There had never been a cat in the house before. We were convinced that the novelty added months to the dog’s life. True? Who knows.

  7. whaledancer says:

    Won’t it be hard for Coco to rest her sore leg with a puppy bouncing around?

  8. whaledancer says:

    PS – And if it’s harder for Coco to assert her lead dog authority, because of her sore leg, won’t that lead to more fights later when Coco is well and has to re-establish her authority?

  9. BuckeyeGirl says:

    LGDs have a very different sort of brain, even the puppies have a different focus. Yes, a new pup will want to play, but Coco will manage just fine. All puppies know anyway who the Big Dawg is and if need be I’m sure there’s a stall in the barn where one or the other can spend a little time. Suzanne and Coco can handle it. Oh, and before anyone cries foul about it being cold out, they are dogs with coats ready from birth to handle weather in the Pyrenees Mountains, WVa winters are like us going to the Bahamas in a parka.

  10. CATRAY44 says:

    Amen, BuckeyeGirl! Dogs heal pretty quickly, anyway.

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