Monday, May 26, 2014

Remembering





Hank has had to work a lot of overtime lately.  He's always worked hard at night, usually mostly early on and then an occasional warning throughout the night if he hears something suspicious.  Lately we've been even hearing coyotes yipping in the mornings, after daybreak.  That's not happened before.  

I'm hoping it's just because there seems to be a good rabbit population this year, but one did come way too close to our back porch the other night, so we do what we can to help.  Baaxter, Tilly, Iris and I ran down the sidewalk "barking" and Hank quickly "escorted" him off the farm. We are our own special pack :-).

I didn't want a guard dog. Hate hearing dogs barking in the night.  When other shepherds told me that his deep bark wouldn't bother me the way other dogs do, I didn't believe them.  It's true though.  And I do find comfort hearing him "on duty" if I wake up in the middle of the night.  

Hank is here because we lost a lamb to coyotes several years ago.  We never forget that.  

For all who serve and protect...


14 comments:

Dreaming said...

What a wonderful post for today…. I love the pictures of Hank 'on duty'!

karen said...

love the lighting, fog and your wonderful faithful dog :) So pretty!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Hugs to Hank.

Alice said...

God bless Hank guarding your home sweet home.

Pam said...

A beautiful post, Sara. To all who serve and protect-thank you. And to Hank, a kiss on the snout.

majorasue said...

A good guard dog in the right place is a wonderful thing. I've been very lucky (fingers crossed that it continues). I live between 2 bands of coyotes that have never bothered my livestock or cats. I hear them almost every night and see one occasionally, well fed and moving through with purpose. A friend recently lost 11 lambs and an adult ewe to her local coyote pair; the male has been dealt with and the female will follow soon.

Sheepmom said...

Beautiful post. So glad Hank is on Active Duty!

Annette Mickelson said...

Our neighbor across the road lost one lamb and almost another to coyotes last week. ...and a neighbor called Animal Services to complain about a dog barking. Seriously. We live in the country and, like you, I take comfort in hearing a dog chase off coyotes.

Michelle said...

After removing the rock from the pit of my stomach from fearing that Hank had DIED, I reread your post and decided it is my favorite Memorial Day post!

Michelle said...

A wonderful post for today.

MarmePurl said...

Protectors of all sorts are always to be honored.

LannieK said...

Yes, to all those who serve and protect where ever they may be.
)))hugs((( to Hank

I need orange said...

Lovely homage to service and protection. That first image is spectacular.

Good boy, Hank.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I remember when you got Hank...he is a keeper for sure:)

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