A Good Boy

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We spent three years commuting between our place in central North Carolina to the farm on weekends.  During that time, we built the greenhouse and hutch, fenced the pasture, got everything ready for eventually starting our farm.  Less than a week after we moved here full time, we had sheep delivered.  Three of them.  That morning, we drove to Tennessee to pick up two Great Pyrenees (a brother and sister pair) to guard them.  Zeus and Xena came to us from a Tennessee Fainting Goat farm that was downsizing. We put them in the little barn behind a barricade while we waited for the sheep to arrive.  The sheep arrived with a champion herding border collie  in tow.  When our brand new dogs heard those sheep bleating they broke down their barricade, came tearing out of the barn and pinned that dog under the shepherd’s pickup truck.  What flashed in my brain at that instant was great, we’ve owned these dogs for like an hour and they’ve just killed some famous dog – I wonder what that’s going to cost us.  Thankfully, he was OK.  It marked a very exciting start to our farming adventure!   Zeus passed away this weekend.  He was a beautiful, sweet, friendly good boy who knew his job and did it well.  Rest in peace, Zeus.  You will be missed.

 

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  1. Linda
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:14:02

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. What a gorgeous dog…

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  2. Lora
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:26:44

    I’m so sorry about Zeus. He was a sweet boy.

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  3. TroubleT
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:33:09

    Zeus was a beautiful pup! *hugs*

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  4. funthreads(carol)
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 11:10:33

    So sorry for the loss. It’s never easy to lose a pet. I know he was a great friend, hard worker and much loved. *hugs*

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  5. Knickers
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 15:17:55

    So sorry to hear about Zeus. What a gorgeous boy. *Hugs*

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  6. Tracy
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 20:09:32

    You’re a good boy Zeus. Much love and hugs and kisses to you.

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  7. LimeRiot
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 21:13:39

    I’m so sorry. He certainly was a handsome pup. Big hugs to you and everyone on the farm that is missing Zeus.

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  8. Jennifer
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 14:08:26

    Awww – what a handsome boy. I’m glad he got to live his life doing a job he loved.

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  9. Gloria
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 12:33:27

    I am sooo sorry to hear about Zeus! Isn’t it strange how attached we get to our animals? How is Xena doing? Annie mourned for Zoe for months! He was a lucky dog living his life in the perfect place to do what he loved to do with his sister and human parents.

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  10. dogdaz
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 17:01:52

    My sympathy for your lovely Zeus. Looks like you are having a lot nicer time then in the old IBM days. – Lorian

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