Saturday, July 26, 2014

Maggie: A Loyal Farm Dog

Say a prayer for our fierce warrior dog, Maggie.

She was never intended to be ours when she came. She was bottle raised with siblings when her stray mother was hit and killed in Logan county, WV.

We took her as an older pup nearly two years ago to find her a home through rescue.

Days, weeks and months passed. . .no one replied to her listing on petfinder. It seemed no one in the world wanted her.

Months went on, and I said it was a shame to leave her posted waiting on a home that was never coming when she might as well have one here with us. . .after all, as time went on, she'd grown up
here and believed we were her people and this was her home.

Sure, as a pup. . .she did dispatch a few chickens, it is true, but she turned into a watch dog extraordinaire and a wonderful family farm dog with time.

Sadly, a stray attacked her at the base of our driveway midweek. It was a brutal attack. One that I wish our Pyr, Bandit, had caught happening. . . instead of our neighbour as he would have defended Maggie and won the war. So as it stands, our little gal took a heck of a beating keeping a likely non-livestock or child friendly dog from coming to our yard.

She is on antibiotics and pain medication.

We've not seen the stray since, but any dog that would have done what was done here is not safe - this was not a scuffle. It was a blood bath.

It makes me very thankful to have a much larger Guard dog on site. . . but my little one surely tried her best



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington