The First Day
Frida is settling in nicely. The cats are not afraid of her. Everyone but Oliver slept in their usual spots last night. We were told Frida is prone to wolf her food down, but we haven't encountered any of that. Both dogs amble to the kitchen for a drink and a quick bite, then back to playing, grazing throughout the day. Frida is intimidated by the sheep, who are curious about her. She comes and goes freely from her kennel when Zeke wears her out, she asks to go outside, she wants to be loved and to please us. All the signs are that Frida belongs here. Zeke thinks it's Christmas, he couldn't be happier. This morning we took the dogs out and they played in the yard, Frida wriggling in the grass and Zeke wagging happily beside her. Frida does not keep him from his work, he still checked on the sheep this morning, but it's easier to get him out of the pasture now. He's been an only dog too long.
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Madeline is a fiber artist, author, shepherd, and music student. Ballyhoo Farm is the culmination of her passion for animals, horticulture, and sustainable farming practices, a dream she's worked to build since childhood.