Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Nose For It



This would definitely be Hank's "saintly glow". While we were all back by the Frog Pond yesterday morning, Hank heard something. His ears are incredibly sharp. I expected that.



The sense that really surprised me though was his nose. Bloodhounds ain't got nothin' on Hank. His first order of business each day - after running up to tell me good morning - is to head out back with his nose on the ground.



He checks everything - fence rows, trees, the ponds...



"Hey, you frog out there! Anything happen out here last night I need to know about?"

Hank is locked up near the barn with the sheep at night. I wonder about that - whether it's better for him to be in with the sheep to take care of something that might get in or if he should be out back patrolling to keep predators away...



Regardless, give him a little time in the morning sun and that wet, dirty coat will be sparkly clean. A few naps during the day and he's ready to report for duty each night.

Thanks Hanks!

9 comments:

Christine said...

You need to get Hank to explain to Willa that the frogs are not coming to get her, therefore do not need to be barked at. All. Night. Long.

Lori Skoog said...

What a sweet dog. Your grass looks scrumptious!

DayPhoto said...

What a cool dog. I'm so glad you post about him off and on.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

kenleighacres said...

Such a handsome boy! Lovely photos in the morning sun.

Ken and Mary of Fancy Fibers Farm said...

Great post. I love that name "Hank." It just fits him perfectly. He reminds me of our two big hairy white dogs-MudBud and Bear. We have another splendid LGD who is not so hairy, he's an Anatolian named Buddha. What can I say, the grandkids named them. If we could put our sheep/goats/alpacas up at night, I'd sleep even better, but the boys do a good job of keeping the coyotes outside the fences. Two of them stay with their charges at night, sleeping in amongst them, when not barking, while the other is more of a perimeter type. Anyway, love the Hank stories. Ken and Mary of Fancy Fibers Farm

Alice said...

Hank has striking features and is as smart as he looks in pictures. He sure had a fast learning curve. Your sheep are very lucky ( even if they don't know it).

Shirley said...

Really nice photos of Hank. I'd say keep him with the sheep at night, or in an area that he can patrol around the sheep. If he's locked up separately, he can't do his job. Lovely dog!

Becky Utecht said...

Hank reminds me of our LGD that we took in as 5 yr old last October. Now that the ground has thawed, and we have him separated from the ewes during lambing, he discovered the wonder of going under fences and gaining free reign of the area. This has decreased the nighttime barking significantly. But he spends the night inside a paddock right next to the ewes. Every morning he squeezes under the fence and makes his rounds marking territory and doing pond patrol. They are such cool dogs!

sheepsclothing said...

I love Hank.
Dogs are amazing companions and colleagues, aren't they?

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