Duke and Meyla

Duke and Meyla

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Fall Dogs and Li

Readers, I can hear your sighs of disappointment, when you pull up annesalpinesdairygoats.blogspot.com several times a day and see no new posts. Unfortunately, I still don't really have much of interest to post about, so will have to put up some more dog pictures. These dogs-and-leaves pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago.

First, can anyone help me with why, when I upload to blogger, the images lose their sharpness and focus? I've recently started noticing that they do this, and on Facebook too. They look great in the photo viewing center of this computer, even when blown up big, but on these websites they look so dull. Is it a resolution setting that I need to change when I upload, nothing I can do anything about, or just a skewed perception on my part? 

My favorite one.

I don't remember why I uploaded this picture of Jazz-I think I may have had a story about her... Oh well, you can just enjoy a random picture of Jazz anyway! 😄

My freemartin, Li, went to her new home last week. She went to a pet person who had gotten 3 kids from us last year just for pets. I really didn't want Li to go to a suspect place, or to someone who might eat her, just because she is more special than most of the goats. This lady seems to be just the right place for Li. 
I'm still looking for that elusive doe that will spend every year of her long life here. Li was supposed to be that doe, but she turned out to be a useless freemartin, and(though I planned on keeping her as a useless pet anyway) it no longer made sense for me to have her taking up space when we could put the space to use with a productive goat.


And now for the most exciting news of the year-Jinger is confirmed pregnant!! This video shows 4 pups, but from what I've read online, it is extremely uncommon for an ultrasound on a dog to count correctly-there are usually a couple to several more puppies than were seen on the ultrasound. Beings we are beginner ultrasound technicians anyway, we should expect around 7 or 8 then, right? 😉 I'm trying not to be too greedy, as 4 is a good number too, but I would certainly like more! 

She is due December 12th-18th.

How is my expectant mamma acting with her pregnancy so far? This is how. She's trying her hardest not to notice, and pulling it off pretty well. 
Actually, her belly has suddenly started growing pretty quickly, so I imagine it's gonna start slowing her down pretty soon. 

It looks like several of the does have settled, so I should have a post on goat ultrasounds next week! 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Animal Profiles: Spruce

Name: Spruce
Name inspiration: I named all my first rabbits tree names
DOB: Sometime in April, 2016. 

Spruce was one of my first rabbits, and is my favorite by far. She and her littermate sister, are our two best does, building good nests, and taking good care of their babies. 
Spruce typically has litters of around 5 kits, but the last two litters were 8 and 7 kits. She almost always has solid gray, and broken gray kits-no other colors. 


I just thought this video of her last time she had babies was funny-how she's all hidden underneath all that hair.

Spruce is our go to doe when we have kits that need fostered. In this picture, a little runt kit, the only surviving due to a bad mother, is getting some extra milk. She also raised a whole litter of another doe's kits this spring, when the bitter cold, and lack of awareness on my part for how much bedding they should have had in their nest boxes, killed all but one her own, and the other doe was trying to kill hers by neglect. 

Spruce is a super friendly rabbit that loves to be petted and handled. She appears to enjoy being held as well, as she is calm and relaxed, but she will bite me while I'm holding her, if I don't watch out. I'm not sure why she does this, as she never shows any signs of stress otherwise, but it hurts-even through a coat sleeve. 

Below, she looks like a half plucked chicken, because she pulled so much hair to bury her babies in.

My buck appeared to have gone temporarily sterile when it got to 108 in July, and I had several does come up open in August and September. A month ago, I decided to try again, but never witnessed a breeding-I just left her in all night though, so was hoping it had happened. After palpating her, and the other doe, at 2 and 3 weeks, and not feeling anything, I figured my buck might be more than temporarily sterile after all. Well, turns out my palpating skills are no better than they ever have been, because she began pulling hair this morning! I quickly set up the nesting box for her, and she soon had 7 kits! Like normal, they are all gray or broken gray. 

Spruce will stay around at least until she can no longer produce, and likely after that, just as a pet, because she is special. 😀

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dogs and Puppies

Amelia, who has never really played or even interacted with any toys before, suddenly decided to start carrying around this huge candy cane after she had puppies. Often you look out of the back door to see this, just waiting for you.

More pictures of Flint, just because.

 I got Jinger back yesterday, and she took right to Flint-even when Flint acts like this.

Here's a better one.


I missed my pretty little dog and am glad to have her back! She is due on December 12th. 

 I won't bore you with pictures of all of Amelia's puppies-just my favorite two pictures. (When Jinger's come though, I will bore you with pictures of all her puppies-maybe every day, too. 😆) 
They are five weeks old now, and super cute and fun. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Stockdog Clinic and Exciting News!

On Saturday, Jinger and I attended another stockdog training clinic, put on by her breeder. He did indeed have some tips to help me with Jinger's biting issues, and after the first session of training, she was already better. By the end of the fourth session, she was exactly where I need her to be-biting the wayward stock, but then immediately disengaging and tending to the rest of the herd, instead of pursuing the wayward animal back into the herd, biting it the whole way and not stopping until she gets run over by the rest of the herd. So, now I need to figure out how to make these tips work in our training sessions with our different stock and larger pens, and we are set-no more injuries, right Jinger? Like last time, everybody loved Jinger, both who she is, and as a cowdog. One fellow liked her so much that he wants one of her pups when they are ready to go.


These dogs were the show of the day-constantly playing musical chairs, constantly getting in trouble for breaking their spots and trying to "help" the dog that was working, getting two or three on one spool, and both or all three frantically pushing and shoving, trying to stay on, often resulting in the rightful owner of the spool being shoved off and having to go find a different empty spool. Also, the dogs Kate, Dave, and Sage gave us the giggles when all three would answer when any one of those names was called by either owner. 


This is Bear, a wonderful young dog, owned by the clinician.


Major, a super spicy and headstrong dog that I really liked. 

Folks also got a kick out of Jinger having trouble staying on her barrel too-she never intentionally jumped off, but would often be balanced on the edge and slip, and flail frantically to get back on before touching the ground. Often just one back paw would still be on, and she would back back up onto the barrel. Or, when we had taken our turn working and were coming back to the barrel, she would leap on and go into a cowhorse stop, and invariably slid all the way over and off the other side-she did it every time, and could never seem to learn to get up slowly and calmly. Jinger cracks me up every day, by her crazy, goofy attitude. 


My first and most exciting news is that Jinger has been bred to the below dog, Brick! I had brought her up on Friday, a week before the clinic, and hoped to pick her up last Saturday, after the clinic. Unfortunately she had not yet been bred, so has to stay another week-I hope to pick her up this Friday. 

Last week was kinda desolate without a dog of my own. It was the first time in 6 years-since I got Riika-that I personally have not had a dog on the place, and it was no fun. Fortunately, I have a remedy for this week! 

 Meet Flint!

Flint is almost 8 weeks, and is from Jinger's breeder. I had decided that, if I want to really start breeding dogs, I need a stud, instead of racing around using somebody else's all the time. I've been looking for a suitable male for awhile now, and after having some other really nice ones not work out, I settled on this little fellow.

Flint's mom is a littermate to Brick's mom, so there will be some nice line breeding on the female I plan to keep from my Jinger/Brick litter.

 I'm not familiar with his dad's pedigree, but he is a very nice dog too, and super friendly. 

So far, Flint has been a little quiet and shy, but is really coming out now and shows himself to be very smart, playful, and quick, with a lot of eye. I think I'm really gonna like him!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Amelia's Puppies

 Here are the pictures of Amelia's puppies! I don't really have anything to say about them, so just enjoy the pictures below-feel free to comment which one is your favorite!


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Finally Healed, and More!

Hey! It's been awhile! We have finally had some new happenings on the place-enough for a blog post even. 

First off, Jinger is all healed up finally! "Wait", says you, "I thought she was healed up over a month ago?" Yes, but that was her first injury-her first time back on the cows, she got smashed again and sprained her CCL, which is the equivalent to the ACL in humans. I was super bummed because she had already been laid off for so long, and I had just the day before sent in my registration for a stockdog clinic on October 13th, that her breeder is putting on. After some research, I had decided that, if she was totally healed 2 weeks before the clinic, we would still go. And as of today, she has been running around with absolutely no sign of injury-exactly 2 weeks before the clinic! So, barring anything else, we will be going to that-and I'm not working her until then!!! What gets her hurt is that she a.) runs underneath cows to bite them, or b.) will pursue and keeping biting until she gets into a mess and gets some sense knocked into her. I'm sure the clinician will help me with getting clean, quick bites, and getting her under control, which will help prevent further injuries. 

Wanting the ball that Betsy is playing with. 

Jinger loves to bite the jet from sprinklers. I don't encourage this, because Jinger is bordering on obsessive behaviors all the time with no encouragement, and without the ton of self control we've worked on, could easily become a very neurotic dog that chases/bites everything from flames to rototillers. However, I realized today that how over the top she gets is exactly what happens with the cows. So, I spent a few minutes, telling her to get it, and then telling her to stop and really getting after her when she didn't. I think maybe this would be able to carry over into cattle work, but I don't know if I'm gonna do it anymore. Like I said, I never(except for today, obviously) encourage behaviors like this from her.


 Besty-doodle and Jingie. Can you guess which one has been on crate rest/limited activity for 11 weeks? 😒

  Random, but a pheasant rooster was trotting around our yard the other day.

This little goat is here for breeding to one of our bucks.  

After being here for a month with no signs on heat, I asked Mom to ultrasound her. Unfortunately she is pregnant, and not to one of our bucks-she was evidently bred before she got here. It's a bummer for the owners who were so excited and drove 4 hours to bring her. 
But our first goat ultrasound of the year! It's so exciting to get this window into the formerly unknown, and see these babies!

We have three top knot chicks, and those top knots are getting quite large!

Kittens! They are ready to go to new homes now!


Chubby little Mike Mulligan.

I changed my mind on which one I'm keeping-I decided to keep this long haired male kitten. He doesn't have a name yet, but is called Mr. Fluff for now.

 Mike Mulligan, again. He's the whiny-baby of the bunch, but is a super nice little kitten.

 That's all for now! Hopefully I will have exciting news and updated pictures of Amelia's puppies next time!