We have wanted and needed a guard dog for the goats. Little did we know that it would be quite tricky to find one. One of the most common breed of livestock guardian dog is the Great Pyrenees.
Thankfully, a friend from church had a friend who had a litter recently and we were able to reserve one of the puppies. When we went to pick it up last weekend, we found that the breeder had a few more available. So we ended up buying two puppies!
They are both girls and after a little discussion we agreed upon the names Chelsea and Lola. If you know Guv'nor at all, you will know that he is a big fan of the British soccer team Chelsea Football Club. I like a British children's program called "Charlie and Lola". Charlie was too masculine but we thought Lola went nicely with Chelsea. Lola is the lighter white puppy, and Chelsea is the creamier colored one.
They will always and only be outside dogs and live with the goats. So we put them straight into the goat house when we got home. The goats were as cautious of the puppies as the puppies were of the goats.
They are really cute puppies and the urge to cuddle them is very strong. But we are being cautious not to give them too much human attention. They need to bond with the goats so that they will be good protectors.