[FONT=comic sans ms,sand]This page is about Bear, our long haired chihuahua.
He is definately a "working" farm dog. He loves to play with the grown hens and they look for him whenever they are free ranging in the afternoons...
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They share treats together. All of them look forward to the daily treat of Sweet Stuff feed we keep for the goats and sheep. They chase Bear and he chases them. Bear and the hens even chase the feral cats as a team. Some day I might be able to get that on a video.
Now we have new baby chicks and he gets so excited watching them in the brooder. It is like he can hardly wait for them to get big enough to play and for him to herd them around like he does the big ones. He gets in the brooders when we are cleaning and feeding. He has never even tried to hurt any of them. His dedication and affection for all the chicks has earned him the name "Bear the chicken dog".
[FONT=comic sans ms,sand]At this moment (on April 11, 2010) I have an injured 5 day old rooster that probably will not survive, but we gotta try. He somehow got his leg penned behind one of the waterers and when we found him he was soaking wet and his leg was a darker color than it should be. He is wrapped in towelling and in my lap with Bear snuggling up to him, trying to get him warmed up. Would get a picture but I have a lap full so cannot move.
Bear also, herds our 2 miniature goats and 2 miniature sheep whenever he gets a chance. Like I said, he is a "working" farm dog.
ETA: The rooster did recover and is back in the brooder with all the others. Bear was very helpful in the little one's recovery.
Since that day we have had to put 2 other chicks in the CSCU (Chick Special Care Unit) in the house and Bear has watched over each one.