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Peanut Butter Arrival at New Loading Dock

New loading dock’s first use This spring Ben and I built a new granite unloading dock for the farm. It allows a tractor trailer truck to backup to a stone slab wall out by the gate. Then I can easily … Continue reading

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Wolfish Savoring

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Kavi There is the interesting phrase “wolfing your food down” which is quite appropriate. Wolves gulp their food down in huge chunks and are able to swallow even a whole large chicken in one amazing bite. A totally “National Geographic” … Continue reading

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Pup-Pup Arrival

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Pup-Pup and Hanno at Upper Pond Picnic Area Today I got a new puppy! This has been in the works for a long time. I wanted to get a new female to join our pack as a breeder to keep … Continue reading

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Dogs, Long Sentences & Altruism

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Katya Reading Local Newspaper The dogs generally don’t string more than two words together but occasionally they’ll go further. Katya and Remus tend to be at the vanguard of complexity. This afternoon Katya used a mix of sign and vocals … Continue reading

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Dog Names

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Kavi on Snow Dogs use names. They know their own name. They know each other’s names as I use them and they have names for each other that are used by all of the pack. They even have a name … Continue reading

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Vice-Speaker For The Dogs

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Hanno At Rest Hanno did something interesting and new today. For I along time I’ve called Katya “Speaker for the Dogs” because she is very communicative using both verbal and signs. Often she has translated for other dogs, letting me … Continue reading

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Calendar 2016

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2016 Calendar Front Cover Pigs on Pasture at Sugar Mountain Farm It’s a new year and a new calendar time! The image above is the front cover of our latest creation. Calendars are a wonderful pictorial tour of life in … Continue reading

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South Weaner Paddock Weaners

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Remus, Ben & Hanno Delivering Weaners We recently weaned 102 piglets. This is something we do in cohorts at about six weeks of age +/-2 weeks. These fall piglets have been going through the south weaner paddock rotational grazing system … Continue reading

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Alien Communications

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Katya Thinking Peanut’s Snoopy is cute, quirky and highly intelligent. But he’s just a cartoon. Or is he? Much of what he does I’ve seen dogs do. They think about things, they dance, they care, they have opinions, they communicate.

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Remus and Dudley II

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Remus Guarding Piglet Our dogs have a clear and strong urge to guard live animals even though they are quite willing, even eager, to eat the dead. Theirs is a moral argument for both protecting and cherishing life while also … Continue reading

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