north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 1:21 PM GMT on June 15, 2012

07:10, 72F, cloudy, misty. everyone up and waiting for me to stir my old bones. lots of dog walks. need coffee...........
10:30, 82F, partly cloudy, NE breeze. 2 deer in donkey woodlot, fawn in sheep woodlot.. wondering how much longer it will be before the fawn can jump the fence, any fence..
newdog slowly learning the farm. she was with the sheep this morning on the tire swing. then we took a walk with the yard dogs, her on a leash. taking it slow. don't want any mistakes where someone gets hurt since all these dogs are large - greater than 70 lbs. - and could hurt someone. so far, so good. everyone is slowly getting used to the coming new regime ...
12:00, high tide at CK. a light chop 80F, NE wind, 8-15 knts. partly cloudy. office work. no mail.
14:10, still high tide. (think I saw a gannet yesterday out on apalachecola bay.)
I'm on my way to cow town to pick up my new glasses.
16:50, 80F, slight drizzle, overcast. dog barking.
wearing new glasses. so far, so good.. got 1 egg.
20:25, 75F, partly cloudy. newdog flushed 2 rabbits in the lane. too light for stars. last night before sleep I heard the barred owl. sounded like it was in the pecan trees..

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1. marsHen
3:10 PM GMT on June 15, 2012
while sheep guard dogs have the instinct to guard their flock, they are often bossy, and when young can do dumb things - ie. chase the sheep - a big no-no. and newdog lived with goats for her 1st three months, then lived in a house with a yard until she was a year old - away from livestock. she has the instincts, though, so just needs guidance and some control. guardians are supposed to think for themselves. they are aloof and often bond to just one human. they don't take kindly to a lot of manipulating. knowing the type, I just try to guide her rather than control her. if I take it slow, I should have her integrated into the whole of the farm by the fall. tomorrow, she gets to sit on the tire swing and watch lambs being sold. all good practice and good for her memory bank..
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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.