Shepherds Rest Farm

Breeding New Anatolian Shepherd Import Lines - Direct From Turkey

Name:  Shepherds Rest Farm

Location:  Newberg, Oregon, United States

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Anatolian Shepherds & Life on the Farm

Our weather here in Newberg, Oregon, is a bit unusual. The snow and icy conditions have been going on for a week now. Clearing ice off the eight water troughs three times a day and carrying bucketfuls of water from the house once a day to refill them is becoming a routine. The hotwire has disappeared in most places under the snow piled on the top fence railings (far right in picture above). The Anatolians and goats seem to enjoy the weather, although the very pregnant, fat does are quite a sight trying to get uphill, and they do skate a bit on the ice around the water troughs!
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It is a very quiet, still world here at Shepherds Rest Farm. But don't be fooled. The Anatolian Shepherds are all still very much on guard!
Yes, there are raised beds, hidden now, in my garden! The grape arbor is a perch for many small birds that flit in and out of the branches piled with snow.
Kara, Durbun, and Cazip are saying hello this morning at the gate. When they go out into the deeper snow, their legs completely disappear! They have all the snow trampled down where they are now. Last night, they all chose to sleep out in the snow rather than go into the shelter and sleep in the straw. They just curl up with their noses under their tails.
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The goat tent structure collapsed in the night. The metal frame actually snapped under the weight of the snow and ice. Koda here is telling me all about it this morning!
We have lots of broken branches in the old cherry orchard pastures to clean up too, after the snow melts.
Can you recognize the large dog igloo under all the snow?! Civril is exploring the new snow world.
The kids surprised me with a small snowman that they put on the roof just outside my upstairs bedroom window. He almost disappeared in the new snow!
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