[FONT=tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Meet our "Fur-kids"![/FONT]
[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]The longest ranging members of our "family farm" are our dogs.
They do nothing but eat, play, and sleep. Not a one of them earns their keep. But that's ok, as they provide a ton of companionship.[/FONT]
[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]Mindy, the black Lab, is the "top dog". She's a huge Lab/Shepherd mix that is definitely "Mom's" dog. She pretty much lives in Mom's area. About the only time we see her is when treats and "pills" are being offered.
She used to go our front without a leash, but since we added chickens and more sheep, she now must be "on lead". It also keeps her big feet out of the gardens. [/FONT]
[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]Koda is the next oldest of the original pack. She's a delightful dog, who was rescued by Bev and Cindy when they lived in Ohio. She was one of 13 or so puppies who were dumped on a rural highway. She's a real love and has the softest fur of the entire pack.
She is part Shepherd and part Siberian Husky, right down to her "snow nose" and white-tipped tail.[/FONT]
[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]Coco is our "wannabe" Chocolate Lab. Cindy swears up and down her mama was a lab. She's chocolate... but that's about where "lab" ends. The rest of her, from personality, to weird bark is all Red-bone Hound.
She's a thief and a chewer, so we have to keep doors closed and know where she is all the time. If the right person comes along, we'll re-home her as she doesn't really fit with all the shepherd mixes. [/FONT]
[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]Kiki is our "project" dog. She's part German Shepherd/Aussie Shepherd. While she looks like a GS, her personality runs more to the Aussie. She's skittish and shy... good watchdog, lousy guard animal. Her very best friend is Koda, but if allowed, will get into more than enough trouble with Coco.[/FONT]
[FONT=trebuchet ms,geneva]Sarah, the purebred Finnish Spitz is the most recent addition to the pack. She is Shari's dog and the only one with any formal obedience training. At 2/3 the size of the other girls... she shows no fear. Just don't step on her petite tender feet!
Finnish Spitz are relatively rare in the US. Her parents are AKC Champions but she suffers from an auto-immune disease that affects her skin.
The breed is considered the National dog of Finland. They are considered barking bird dogs.[/FONT]