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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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About ten days ago, we got a new dog.  She is a good-looking dog, I think, and is a cross between a german shepherd and a siberian husky.  She is very strong, fast, and energetic, being only 18 months old.  Because of her energy levels, I try to take her out for exercise most days, and I like her to get about 4 miles of running.  I think you can see when we got her on my training plan below, because I stopped skipping so many runs.


Here she is in the back yard.


As I mentioned, she is quite powerful.  She has knocked Meagan over while Meagan was trying to control her. Lucy has been causing us some amount of trouble.  Lucy is able to jump over our six-foot wall surrounding our back yard, making her difficult to contain.  She also runs alot faster than me and is only marginally obedient.  We tried keeping her in a kennel while we are away, but she tore up the bottom of the kennel.  The next day, she shredded the corner of our chair in the living room:


Now, this chair is Gina’s favorite and has been for years.  In response to this dastardly act, my son, Caleb, who has a heart of gold, wrote the following note to Gina:


If you can’t make it out, the note says, “Mom what Lucy did was bad but I will buy a new one.  love, Caleb”

Caleb has been saving his money for months now so that he can buy a rifle (a Ruger 10/22 to be exact).  He is one-third of the way to his goal.  The thought that he would sacrifice this goal to please his mother is heart-warming and heart-rending.  God has blessed us mightily!

Lucy is giving us troubles here, but I have a distinct feeling that she will love it on the farm.  With a mile-and-a-half perimeter, she will have plenty of land to roam, and plenty of rabbits to harass.  I only hope we can train her away from harassing the chickens.

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