Dogs on the American Frontier: Protectors of Pioneers

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This article explores the role of dogs in the lives of pioneers on the American frontier. The pioneers who settled the frontier were a determined and self-reliant group of people who sought to shape the land to their desires and ambitions. Despite the challenges they faced, they believed that they could create a better life for themselves and their families by carving out a new home in the wilderness. Dogs played an important role in their lives, helping them to protect themselves, their families, and their property. The article discusses the different breeds of dogs used for protection, including mastiffs, bloodhounds, coonhounds, and English Shepherds.

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The Rise and Fall of Drover’s Dogs in the Eastern U.S.

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Contents1 Abstract2 Nineteenth Century3 Twentieth Century4 Conclusion5 References This article explores the historical role of drover’s dogs in the transportation of livestock across the United States in the 19th century. These specially trained dogs played a critical role in the success of moving large herds of animals along the paths of inland commerce.  The … Read more

How Farm Dogs are Developed

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Contents1 Abstract2 A Collaborative Process2.1 Geography2.2 Culture use2.3 Predation2.4 Livestock2.5 Commercialization3 Conclusion This article explores the development of farm dogs and how they are trained to become efficient working dogs. It provides an overview of the different stages involved in the development of farm dogs, including selection, socialization, and training. The article discusses the … Read more

What are the characteristics of a good farm dog?

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This post discusses the characteristics that make a good farm dog. A farm dog is not just a pet, but a working animal that must be able to handle the demands of farm life. The author outlines important traits such as intelligence, trainability, obedience, loyalty, and a strong work ethic that are necessary for … Read more

Celo Farm’s Tara

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The late Celo Farm’s Tara was born September 25, 2002.  She was bred by James McGowen of Carousel Farm and owned by Fergus Pope.  Tara is of the Double RR Stormy dam line, a well-known ESBT dam line of maternal haplotype A1a A388.   I have met several of Tara’s descendants and even own a few … Read more

Rusty’s Boys at the Herding Clinic

Two of Rusty’s boys attended a Cathy Hartley herding clinic this weekend. By all accounts, Chase and Ruger represented our Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd bloodline well. Here’s a note from the clinic: You would have loved to have watched Chase and Ruger today at the herding clinic with Cathy Hartley!!!! It was Chase’s … Read more

Farm Dogs and Sub-compact Tractors

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By six weeks of age, a dog from a traditional breeder of Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherds has been exposed to rifle fire, large diesel farming equipment, chainsaws, 4-5 varieties of livestock, and possibly a few wild animals. One can call any dog a farm dog, kind of like one wants to call a … Read more

The Price of Hay

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The price of hay has really gone up.  My local Farmer’s COOP says it’s going to stay that way as long as fertilizer is so expensive.  Normally, I’d feed my goats hay through the winter, but it was always a thorn in my side because I have plenty of good grassland that isn’t fenced-in.   My … Read more

Vixen’s Puppies – Day 38

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Today is litter day 38.  Yesterday we did our first Parvo vaccination.  For Parvo, I use NEOPAR by NEOTECH, LLC: Early Age Protection Stimulates antibody production in the presence of existing maternal antibodies First Dose Protection Antibody production begins after the first dose. Other canine parvovirus vaccines require two or three doses to stimulate an … Read more