There are 5 Maremma crosses and Ofcharka as the livestock guardian dogs on the farm, and Robbie, the border collie. The two pups are 7 months old now and are bigger than the girls. They are just getting their adult teeth and have started to challenge the female Maremmas, who felt it was their job to keep the pups subordinate and in their pen. Now, Joe, though he still cowers to the girls, has begun to stand up for himself and show those new teeth he is getting when Jade challenges him. It seems there is never enough food to go round because Joe and Mike do not get their share. Joe is cagey though, and he waits around until no one is watching or the dogs are busy eating and slowly sneaks in to take something for himself. If Jade sees him she chases him away. Mike does not even try that. He stays far away and safe, so I bring him food or the poor fellow would starve. The pups are sweet natured, gentle giants with huge feet and big hearts. Harley is like that too, only and older more experience version. Ofcharks is a quarter Maremma, but he still chases butterflies, or he did in the summer. It was an absolute delight to watch this horse sized dog flouncing and pouncing on a flittering butterfly. So sweet. Tonight I put Ofcharka with the goats for an hour while I was doing chores. He does not mind at first, and does not try to get out of the pen, but he eventually wants to come back to the pack and patrol the farm. My biggest fear is that the dogs will go to the highway and get hit. Large trucks run right by the driveway and most drivers here would not think twice if they hit a dog. That is sad. So, the dog pack numbers seven beautiful, absolutely the best big (well Robbie and Jenna are not real big) dogs and I love each one to bits.
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