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Maremma Sheepdog

Author: OriginalServices.com
Posted: April 10, 2010 @ 10:41 am GMT
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I suppose Shep isn't the most original name, but it just seemed to fit our dog, even though we don't use him to guard our sheep. In fact, we don't have any sheep. But we knew that his ancestors were bred to do that, and Shep does seem to connect with what livestock we do have: 10 or so llamas that have free range over our several acres.

We'll see him out in the pasture, lying among them as they graze. He doesn't allow wandering dogs to come near, whether they're neighbors or strays. And if one llama moves too far from the rest, Shep notices and kindly encourages that llama to move back toward the others. If the llama ignores him and stays off by itself, Shep becomes agitated and doubles or even triples his efforts until the llama relents and rejoins the group.

I'm glad we have plenty of outdoor space: Shep doesn't like to spend much time in the house. He'll lie on the front porch for awhile, but for the most part he's happiest running from one part of the ranch to another. He seems to favor the barn when he needs some alone time indoors. He's polite with everyone, and will tolerate the kids without really engaging with them. He is definitely happiest when he's working with the animals. It's because it's in his blood, I guess.

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