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A Scary Weekend for Ogi

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We had an insanely scary weekend with a sick pup. The OG big dog, Ogilvy T. Rex Von Hambone, started puking everything early Saturday morning. Now, it’s not entirely uncommon for him to eat something random – like some grass or too much dog food from the other bowls – and puke a time or two to clear it out of his …

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Playing in the Leaves

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We don’t do much raking on the farm. None, actually. But that hasn’t stopped the twins from playing in all of the leaves. Kili and Denali have been rolling in the huge pile of giant leaves left behind by our Sycamore. All have blown up against the back side of the deck. Multiple times a day, I can hear them …

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Livestock Guard Dogs Standing Guard

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After about 5 months on the farm, our livestock guard dogs – Kili and Denali – are officially standing guard over our animals. They’ve been outdoor dogs since they arrived here. We set them up with a cozy space in our pole barn. They spend their days snuggled up somewhere around the house, but each evening, they head back to the …

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Cones of Shame

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If there is anything better than a cone of shame on an adorble floof dog – it’s two cones of shame on two adorble floof dogs. Kili and Denali officially went in for their spays this week and the result is the most pathetic and adorable thing you’ve ever seen. Both have been booping around the farm with giant cones around …

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The Farm Dogs

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We’ve fallen into a weirdly natural routine of being a 5-dog family. I fought it. Hard. For a very long time. But, when a fox knocked out most of our chicken flock last Spring, I caved to Aaron’s many requests for livestock guard animals. The addition of our twins pushed us well into the crazy category of dog ownership and, …

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Soggy Dogs

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The twins are growing at an unbelievable rate. Despite being bigger by the minute, our truly gentle giants are still floppy, fluffy and genuinely only want to be loved. In a word, they’re amazing. Today’s rain really put their fluffy coats to the test. They’re both completely sloppy mud balls. Every inch of their fur is soaked and soggy. Their …

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Kili and Denali are Home on the Range

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After all of the madness with the fox after our hens this Spring and the disappearance of our billy, Farmer Crossley decided it was time to introduce livestock guard dogs (LGD) to the farm. So, today, we’re welcoming Kilimanjaro (Kili) and Denali to their brand-new home. Today we drove to southeast Kansas to pick up our 8-week-old babes. They’re fluffy, …

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Sunny Sitting with a Sick Og

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Very rarely do I have a chance to write in the moment, but here we are. The grass is far too tall as far as I can see. We haven’t mowed in a couple of weeks and the number of weeds in our side yard has become much too obvious. The wind is blowing through the trees all around us. …

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Our Dogs Are Living Their Best Lives

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Let’s be completely honest – we definitely bought the farm for the dogs. Our Kansas City yard was something spectacular. While tiny, it packed a punch. Shortly after moving in, we installed artificial turf so that the doggers would have green “grass” to run and play on year-round. Even with walks though, we couldn’t begin to burn enough of their …