If you listen to Cultivate Simple, you know that we’ve been talking about getting a new dog. We have been talking to a breeder of Anatolian Shepherds in Ohio who feeds raw and follows natural protocols for her animals. The plan was to get a puppy from her, but she contacted us a few months ago about a four year old dog that was looking for a new place.
This is Tara, the new resident chiots (don’t worry, Lucy is still around and kicking, but she’s retired to a life of rest). Tara has had a few rough patches in her life. She was purchased by some people in Canada and wasn’t treated very well. They claimed she was aggressive and were going to put her down when she wasn’t very old, the breeder knew she wasn’t and fought to get her back. When she finally got Tara back, she was placed with an animal behavioral specialist for a while to make sure she didn’t have aggression issues. After being given the all clear, she moved to a farm in SE Nebraska where she had goats, chickens and ducks to watch over.
They decided to downsize and didn’t really need Tara anymore, so they wanted to find a good home for her where she could have a job to do and animals to protect. The breeder thought we might be interested and after much conversation with the current owner we decided she’d be a good fit for our little place. Transport was going to be an issue, but luckily, the breeder had a network of people willing to help. After asking, she found a very generous guy that was moving from California to Connecticut and was willing to pick her up on his with through.
Last Friday, he met Tara’s parents in a parking lot at 3 am in Nebraska. At 7 am on Saturday morning, he arrived in Connecticut (his brother was traveling with him and they took shifts and drove straight through). I left Maine not long after she arrived in CT and picked her up at 1 pm. She made the trip to her final home. This was a photo of her when I picked her up in CT.
So far she’s been great, very sweet and gentle. No doubt her personality will start to show more and more as she becomes comfortable. She will probably also start testing her limits as well as dogs are prone to do, particularly dominant dogs.
She’s settling in, getting to know us and the animals that live here and our workflow. So far she’s contained to a leash or a chain until we’re comfortable that she views Chiot’s Run as her new home. We’re working with her daily on perimeter training so she learns the boundaries. Hopefully she’ll be a big help with our predator problems.
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