Wednesday, June 11, 2014


I figured it was time to give the sheepies (and llama by default) some 'air time'.  We have all been enjoying the quiet mornings - if I'm spotted by the sheep, there is only an occasional deep baaaaa.  No more incessant screaming.  No more sidling around the woodpile.  I am a free woman - free to stride out on my deck to greet the morning!  Or, as happened this morning, free to fix my screen door, as Lovey was in a hurry and bashed it off its track.

My property is a series of ups, downs, hills, gullies; all rock-filled.  This makes keeping the grass maintained a real challenge.  Enter the sheepies.  I have a couple of lengths of electronet, a good-sized charger and a plan or two.  Not having to negotiate the goats AND the sheep has been very helpful, as the grid on the netting is large enough for the little Nigerians to think they can shove their bodies through.  The last time I put Sage and Chickie (who is flourishing with all of his wether buddies) in the electronet, it was a disaster - Sage got all tangled up and, thank God, I was outside and able disconnect the juice. 

I set the fencing up to have the gang clean up a troublesome slope.  As happens every spring when I first set it up, I wonder if the power is getting through the fencing.  But I am a coward and will not touch it to find out.  I know it won't knock me dead, but I have an intense dislike of shocks.  Which is why my carpal tunnel persists - the test involves putting electrodes on your hand and arm to measure the blockage.  Not happening.  I digress.

OMG!  Stay away from that white thing!

Lots and lots of luscious vegetation.

What did you say about the size of my hiney???
Apria, Linden and Juno are familiar with the fencing.  Norman is not.  Norman was elected by default to be the 'tester' and obliged by putting his nose on it.  ZAP!  He now avoids it like the plague.  What I hadn't figured is that Lovey would stick her head through the cattle panel gate on their Romper Room enclosure and put her very wet nose on it.  All I heard was a loud yelp and high pitched yipping and saw her tear-ass as far from the gate as possible.  Poor baby.  It's tough being a puppy.



  1. I think we've all (devotees of electric fencing, that is) had our canine friends learn what electric fencing is. We may think our doggies are a little slow, dim-witted or just plain dumb (stubborn?) in some circumstances, but it only takes one encounter for them to remember about the fence experience.

    Loving your pictures!

  2. I think Mama Pea's right, Lovey will no doubt NEVER froget the mean ol' electric fence. I wish my stupid goats had half of that kind of memory when it comes to the zapping fence.
    Yippee for pictures! And tell Apria that she's got a great look'n booty!

  3. Funny. I had carpal tunnel and had huge success with accupuncture and PT. Have you tired that?

  4. For a couple dollars you can buy a fence tester that will light up and tell you if your fence is working. Good sheep and llama pics.

  5. Poor Lovey! Your animals look so happy in grass heaven! Did you take some time for yourself and sit down for a few to enjoy listening to them eat?

  6. Two lessons learned there, though. Bet they won't do that again. Glad to hear that you've got freedom to move around now. That had to be a pain.

  7. My naughty lambs read this and said, "See? We're just helping you out with all that excess vegetation!"