Sunday, December 30, 2018
On this new year, take your time to be kind with your dogs.
Choose wisely. Be patience. Know God's path and truth support you and your dogs.
Happy New Year from all of you.
God Peace to you all from Brenda M. Negri and my pack of dogs in Nevada,
and on my book, The Way of The Path: Understanding and Living With
Sunday, December 23, 2018
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Sunday, December 2, 2018
"The Lord will give goodness: and our earth shell yields her fruits." -- Psalm 84:13
Showing everyone their truth, persistence, and humbleness, will be best on those who live with their Livestock Guardian Dogs. From my book, The Way of The Pack: Understanding and Living With Livestock Guardian Dogs, shows this time and time. Read these works, study them, think over them. Wisdom and faith comes on in the end.
On Being the Good Shepherd
From The Way of The Pack:
Understanding and Living With
Livestock Guardian Dogs
“…neither shall the flock be lacking in obedience to the Shepherd nor the Shepherd be lacking in watchfulness over the flock.”
--- Roman Catholic Daily Missal, Proper of the Saints, Postcommunion, St. Gregory VII
The Way of The Pack is based on good shepherding. Before focusing on the dog, we focus on you. That is what makes it both simple, yet difficult. Owning the best livestock guardians there are means nothing in the hands of a lazy, cruel, impatient or incompetent shepherd. Here are some of the key elements of a good shepherd. You may be surprised at what is listed, but really, you shouldn’t be.
Focus. “This one a long time I have watched. All his life has looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing.” – Yoda, Return of The Jedi. Be here now. The good shepherd is living in the present and focused on the task at hand. Don’t have a “monkey mind” - scattered and jumping all over the map. Don’t negative forecast. A great percentage of problems with LGDs stem from unfocused, short-attention span shepherds who are distracted and out of balance. I blame this on too much Internet and social media. Focus is vital to being a competent LGD owner. Leave your cell phone off or in the house when you go outside for puppy training time. No texting, no tweeting! Be centered. Be with your LGD and focus.
Common sense. “Common sense is not so common.” – Voltaire. Cultivate it. Some old timers wryly note common sense seems to be fading from humanity and this sadly includes the agriculture community – but give us hope: develop some and use it. If it means asking your elders for their words of wisdom based on their years of experience you lack, then humble yourself and do so.
Patience. “Patience is bitter, but it’s fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle. Why are you in such a hurry? Will the world stop turning if you don’t get the sheep in your barn exactly at the time you think they should be? Of course it won’t. Will it end simply because your 12 week old LGD pup chased a hen for the first time? Absolutely not. The world is too fast; the movies we watch are hyper-paced, the roads we travel are checkered with speeders, the holidays have turned into a mad, frenzied rush. Why not step back, contemplate what is around you, and slow down? Rearing an LGD pup takes infinite patience to succeed and do well. Be patient with your LGD, and do not rush him.
Perseverance and persistence. "You cannot slay the dragon every day. Some days the dragon wins." – Colin Powell. Nothing worth having comes easy. Part of farming and ranching is getting up every morning, and dusting yourself off when you fall, and going again. Legendary rancher and horseman Tom Marvel once quipped to me, “If you have livestock, inevitably you will have dead stock.” You don’t quit just because you lose something or fail at a task - that is, not if you have persistence. “The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.” .....
......You have just began the story and the book. Much more left for you to read!
YOU, the one who waits and waits for the time yet keeps making excuses, YOU read the rest of the key elements of my book for you to read it and study and think, too. Only this kind of focus will show you the way.
Monday, November 12, 2018
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged
by the way its animals are treated." ~Mahatma Gandhi
As my day goes tired as days end, and my long sometime death dying soon sometime for my world, my way is still on ward, always, tired, sooner, but focused and final, even with ticking days of less time, fewer words, less choice, content with what will come. Peaceful and kind with peace. Being able to look the other way, with no care, no worry. All what has been good, is what has counted. The Way of The Pack, in souled hearts of dogs, again so many years in time. Always waiting back for more time and never too focused on truth, is when dog owners remember. But in good time at the end of us, from our their problems, frustration, and think too much in their mind. Looking at the new people, but learning how to just be quiet from them, watch, listen and heard tales and time. Simply breathing. Being souls that move on, onward. All it is, is for us. Learn now.
Take the time to breath and be again quiet with your LGDs.
Some years ago, I lost my first hen to a coyote and I researched Livestock Guardian Dogs. I read that LGDs must be raised with and bonded to livestock, such as sheep or goats and should rarely be handled by humans. At the time, we lived on 5 acres, owned poultry, and our animals were family to us. On many levels, that advice simply did not work for us.
A few months later, I lost my second hen to a coyote and I looked again. This time I found Brenda Negri’s website. Her common sense approach to using Livestock Guardian Dogs on a homestead, and raised with families was a breath of fresh air, and a glimmer of hope for us, and my aspirations of raising rare birds.
I contacted Brenda, and talked with her extensively about her dogs, and their requirements. I have owned large dogs most of my adult life, and believed I could easily bring these gentle giant protectors into our home life. Brenda said they were different, but I did not appreciate just how different these dogs are, until I brought a pair of sibling pups home.
Actually, Brenda counseled us as to the value of owning a sibling pair, a concept I was not familiar with at the time, but have since come to appreciate. Once home with these pups, I quickly saw the wisdom of having at least two. They had each other to play with; they bonded to each other, and kept track of each other. To this day, if one of a pair needs assistance, the other is first to sound the alarm bringing us, and the rest of the pack to aid.
Brenda continues to be a valuable resource for us and our dogs: from training the pups to chickens; discouraging excessive, unnecessary barking; special health considerations for these large dogs; and integrating new adult dogs into a pack. Her advice is sprinkled with the admonition to observe the dogs, and how to respond to their behavior.
In the United States, current practices for raising and using Livestock Guardian Dogs runs the continuum from a hands-off feral dog living on substantial acreage with little to no human support to a pet dog, suitable, somehow, to life in the city. To find what is most appropriate for these very special dogs, we must look to their history. Guardian dogs have been bred, and selected over thousands of years to live with, and bond to their livestock, and also to live with and bond to their shepherd’s family.
This is the basis for Brenda Negri’s advice on the use, training and treatment of LGDs. The truth to this practice is the success of her many customers, myself among them. You do not command obedience from these dogs. You work alongside these dogs, as part of the team.
We now live on a 55-acre farm, with goats, chickens, cats, and of course our pack of beloved guardian dogs. We have two sets of two sibling pairs of Livestock Guardian Dogs to protect all of us. We are in the midst of cougar, bear, and hawk predators. We are surrounded by packs of coyotes. Neighbors have had losses; we have had none. At the same time our dogs can be safely approached by visitors, treated by vets, and petted by children.
We attribute our success to learning…. The Way of The Pack.
The Way of The Pack:
Understanding and Living With
Livestock Guardian Dogs
Brenda M. Negri
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