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Working Dogs

IMG_9170Jennie captured the essence of winter in this photo of Gabe, the older of our two Great Pyrenees working dogs.  He lives outdoors 24/7 guarding our 40-head flock of sheep, mainly from coyotes, and is a central figure of the farm.  Admirers stop to take his picture even though he regards just about anything that moves as likely threats to his flock.  Near ceaseless barking and regular circling the perimeter of his assigned field is how he operates.  It’s all in the breed and there’s no stopping it.  But don’t let his fierce growl fool you.  He’s a lush for petting and attention.

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