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.