Friday, April 12, 2013

How Old Is Hank?

I had a question about how old Hank is. Hmmm, I don't remember stuff like that very well, which makes the blog a nice farm record.  So, when I want to look up something like "when did Hank get here?", I go to the right hand side, click his "label" and start scrolling back.  There are 139 posts about Hank!  That's a lot of scrolling back.

It was fun though, watching him get younger and younger, seeing that we were covered up in red bud blooms in March last year, that Graham Lamb used to not be such a blubber butt... ;-)


Look at young Hank.  He came here in July of 2009.   

He's been letting Miss Maisie hang out with him during the day.  If I'm out there with her she'll mingle with the other sheep, but when I'm not out there she mostly stays with Hank.  They nap together and if she goes out to graze, he gets up and goes with her.  He loves his lambs :-).  

Interesting (at least to me) story.  Earlier this week it was brutally hot for April and I had just "done give up" and made Saint Tim take me out to dinner.  I'd done most of the evening chores before we left but needed to go put Maisie to bed and check on everyone when we got home.  I sat down behind the barn for a few minutes listening to the night sounds, watching the sheep settle in.  

Hank was laying not far away, in the alleyway heading to the back fields.  Maisie was still out tootling around and she walked over to him and he gently snapped at her.  I thought that was a little odd, but about the time I was thinking that he jumped up and ran out towards the back of the arena where all within a couple seconds I heard something in a scuffle.  

Hank had known something was getting ready to go down and Maisie was either distracting him or he was afraid she'd run with him when it was time to make his move.  Maybe he wanted her to go to the safety of the barn with the rest of the sheep. She was not at all bothered by his bossiness and as the sun came up the next morning they were back side by side.

Such a good dog.

28 comments:

Jean said...

Absolutely - he is a good dog!

The Dancing Donkey said...

Yeah, such a good dog and so handsome too.

Andee said...

Hank is such a good dog. You are so lucky to have him. Do you watch "Duck Dynasty"? I love that show, anyway the episode about the hunting dogs was the best.

Jenny Glen said...

Hank and Togo are the same age. (a couple of months apart) They are 4 now.

Mary Ann said...

What a beautiful protector, and I'm sure you're so glad to have him!

Nina said...

Not only a good dog and good at his job, but a very handsome fellow.

small farm girl said...

I wished our GP would have been that good. I think he was warped in the head. lol

Far Side of Fifty said...

He is a keeper for sure! Good boy Hank! :)

Kim said...

Great dog.

Lori Skoog said...

Could you please give Maisie and Hank a hug for me?

Auntie Reg said...

I love Hank. He is such a good dog and is always looking out for Sara as well as the sheep. If we could just give him a bath.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Hugs to Hank ..... Love pictures of him with Maisie.

Amy Dingmann said...

Such a great dog and such beautiful pictures!

Annette Mickelson said...

He's a great dog and beautiful to boot.

Tyche's Minder said...

He really is lovely. I'd have a hard time not inviting him into the house if I were you. Would he even come?

thecrazysheeplady said...

Hank likes to make a quick trip around the house every morning checking everything out and peeing where necessary and then he goes back to the barn and sits at whatever gate is closest to his sheep and waits for someone to let him back in the field.

Leanne Coppola said...

Love it!!!!!

Leanne Coppola said...

Love it!!!!!

Leanne Coppola said...

Love it!!!!!

Stephen Andrew said...

So sweet! Haha there is an exquisite sheep farm down my road and they have two Great Pyrenees. One of them has been busting out lately and I picked him up yesterday and almost yelled out "HANK!". Lol tell him he has fans he's never even met :)

Tiggeriffic said...

Hank is a blessed dog and a great dog.. The sheep are blessed by Hank taking care of them..He is their guardian just like we have God to guard us in our lives.
Thank you Hank and Thank you God..
Have a blessed day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Terry said...

Hank is the best of dogs!

Ed said...

like a fine wine he gets better with age..:-)

Shirley said...

Good boy, Hank!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You have a jewel in that Hank!! Always on the job and never a day off I bet!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

No question he certainly is a good dog!!

Sandy said...

More about Hank, please! How old was he when he came to you? How did you get him to acclimate to the farm and accept it as HIS place to love and protect?

I love that he is an excellent guard dog but also loves his humans and loves to play!

Willow said...

Dogs that tend sheep are so devoted ` WAY TO GO Hank!

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