For some weekend excitement, our family went to a farm up the road yesterday to visit chickens and quail. On our way up the dirt road to the house, we saw giant white dogs hanging out with goats. Then we saw five white, fluffy puppies. The puppies are 14 weeks old and weigh over 40 pounds.
The farm owners told us the white dogs in all of the goat pens are called livestock guardian dogs. These dogs (part Great Pyrenees and part Anatolian) protect chickens, goats, and llamas from cougars, bears and other dogs.
So we decided as a family (Grammy and Pop, too) to get a dog to protect our goat babies and chickens. Glenn works on a sheep ranch locally and there has been a major mountain lion problem (killing sheep). Instead of an electric fence, we got a beautiful dog.
We went back to the farm today to pick out the best of the remaining puppies. Pop named her "Lotta," which is short for Whole Lotta Dog. Pumpkin is in love with his new puppy friend. After he got over the initial excitement of having another dog around, he cuddled with her next to the fire. Welcome to the family, Lotta!