Sunday, February 21, 2016

Second Visit with LGD's

A few shared contacts resulted in visits to two more places today.  This time within an hour of where I’m staying and a bit closer to the mountains (toward Red Lodge).  A wonderful way to spend a sunny and, finally, a less windy day. 

Isn't this just a precious puppy face!?    


I was going to blog all these photos in some semblance of order but decided to bounce around a bit just because there are so many photos it would take me a month to blog through one visit.  

Four dogs with this flock at the first stop and the setting feels rugged and remote.  Remote and yet there is traffic passing by and neighbours stopping in (only one road through here so all traffic passes by).  The near landscape looks velvety soft with short golden prairie grass.  The foothills and the mountains give a contrasting dark ruggedness.  Ranches are located immediately off the road.  Livestock guardian dogs here have been killed by mountain lions and vehicle traffic.   


This flock is only at the yard for three months of the year, otherwise the Targhee ewes are grazing in the hills and the dogs stay out with them, never coming to the yard. The flock comes in just prior to shearing and stays until after lambing.  As soon as the lambs are big enough they return to the grazing pastures.  The dogs are okay with people but can not be petted or caught easily - except for the puppy, he had no reservations about visiting with me.  The adults gave me serious looks, sideways glances and warning barks but all settled soon enough and parked themselves with the sheep. 



4 comments:

  1. Hi Arlette I was wondering if this ranch breeds their pups? Or do they have a breeder they like. We are in Helena, MT and I have a friend who is a sheep rancher looking for a closer source of pyrennee pups. Currently she has gotten two pups from TX. These looked like pyrennee...

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  2. Hi Arlette I was wondering if this ranch breeds their pups? Or do they have a breeder they like. We are in Helena, MT and I have a friend who is a sheep rancher looking for a closer source of pyrennee pups. Currently she has gotten two pups from TX. These looked like pyrennee...

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    1. Yes, they do although just occasionally. They will know some good Montana contacts too. The dogs are Great Pyr, a couple adults with a bit of Akbash blood. Why don't you send me an email at dogtaleranch AT your link DOT ca and I can put you in touch with Marilyn.

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