Home defense plan in a comprimised state
Last week, our family dog passed. She was an integral part of the HD program. Always aware of a car in the driveway, person walking on the road, and of course, horses were certainly trouble in her eyes. A pound dog, a Border mix, well mannered and beloved by all that ever met her. She gave us 11 years of devoted service and she is very missed.
So here we are lacking that initial warning. That system that lets you know, just by the tone of the growl and pace of the feet on the floor, the difference between a skunk investigating the trash cans or a car turning around in the driveway. It has become very apparent in her passing how important she was in the big picture.
Life must go on...
While we hesitate to rush into another dog, I do feel pressure to get another canine. Fate has played it's hand and led us to another dog. Right now she is just a pup, not even weened. She should be in our home sometime in late January. A friend of ours sent my wife a link to a Bernese Mountain dog breeder. They have a hybrid litter of pups born in late November. A Bernese crossed with a St. Bernard. Not many folks doing this cross, and the new dog should be big and bright, with enough flock guard instinct to train into a huge part of our HD plan.
We'll never forget the years from our beloved Julie, but we are also looking forward to a new horizon with female puppy number six (we are working on a name).