Lucy Gone

Well, that was a short-lived experiment.  For the second time in our marriage, we got a big dog who was an older puppy and we decided we couldn’t handle the dog.  The first time was Buster while we were in Altus, and now we have relearned the same lesson with Lucy.  Yesterday afternoon we posted Lucy on Craig’s List and she left us at 8:00 yesterday evening.  I am sad to see her go, but I know this is for the best.  Gina estimates the cost of keeping Lucy for those two weeks was about $800.  She ruined Gina’s favorite chair, Caleb’s favorite soccer ball, at least one of the seatbelts in our van, and a kennel we had borrowed from our friends.  She had also made Gina feel like a prisoner in our own house, because we couldn’t go anywhere without wondering what she would destroy next.  She also did some damage in the backyard.

I have learned that I don’t want any animal on our farm that can’t contribute in some way.  Since Lucy was spayed, she would not have been a productive member of the farm.  She probably also would have had trouble being trained out of killing chickens and eating eggs.

So we have started looking at puppies that we can raise and then breed.  Right now, we are enamored with the Maremma sheep dog, but there aren’t many, if any, breeders of Maremmas in the US.

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4 responses to “Lucy Gone

  1. We have learned the same thing about dogs. Someone offered us one when we moved up here, and she was about 4 months old. We suspect she was abused before we got her, and training her was very difficult. She would attempt to kill all of our chickens/turkeys/ducks/geese if we let her off her chain. She is not eager to please like our German Shepherd is. Another dog given to us before we had our German Shepherd was also an older dog, and one day when we were not home he killed our goat. We gave him the benefit of the doubt, since we didn’t see what happened. One day while I was home alone and he didn’t know it he tried to kill another one. Needless to say, he was gone as soon as my husband returned home. We have learned to be very cautious in what we take onto the farm, as there can be some very serious consequences. On the other hand, our purebred German Shepherd has been the biggest blessing ever — and he was given to us as well!

  2. Greetings. I just wanted to reach out and say hello to you. I have been blogging for a short time and see that you have linked to my blog. I will return the favor, as soon as I figure out how to do it! God bless you.

  3. Siberian Huskies are definitely not good farm dogs. I second Lynn on the purebred German Shepherd. Ours is wonderful, but realize that any dog will need training. It took time for us to get her to not chase chickens. Now we are working on her not herding our new horse 🙂 But research breeders – you probably don’t want one from a line that’s bred for serious guard dog & police work. Ours is more welcome wagon than guard dog.

    Great Pyrenees are also wonderful, as long as you have the room for them and no close neighbors to be bothered by the barking.

  4. We are still waiting on moving to the farm before we make a choice about a dog breed, but this past week we kept a friend’s Bichon Frise (lap dog), and the kids loved him!

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