Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hagar and Misty May the mini donkey

Hagar, an English Shepherd (also known as Farm Collie) is ultra protective of all our livestock. But Misty May was a special case for him. You see when she was born to her little mini donkey mommy, the pony decided she was going to donkeynap her and raise her as her own.  A fight broke out between the mommy donkey and the pony, and it was a dangerous situation for the new wobbly still wet baby donkey who was caught in the middle of all that kicking and running.  Hagar saw the problem and took action. He barked viciously and chased the pony away from the baby and mommy, and even threatened to bite her if she came near.  Once he separated them, he stood guard over the baby for days in the field. (We moved the pony to the barnyard, but he was still worried and wouldn't leave her alone.  He laid in the field near her day and night. They bonded.  He is the most wonderful...smartest dog, and doesn't need much instruction.  He senses what you need and does it. He has helped me catch loose rabbits that somehow always manage to escape their field pens.  He catches and holds down the meat chickens on butcher day so I can put them in the carriers, all without hurting anything...and he keeps vermin out of the barnyard and groundhogs out of the pastures (he does tend to "hurt them".  We love him to pieces! And he loves us more!

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