We go over to visit a few times a year, as they are very busy with their 500+ sheep. It is always an interesting experience.
The first thing you encounter when you arrive is most likely going to be one of these boys- Shep and Buckler. These dogs may have that sort of Golden retriever kind of look to them, but they are WAAAAY bigger! I don't have to bend over at all to pet these massive heads, they are right at my hand level. These two are nice dogs, but I wouldn't want to visit without one of the owners lurking about.
These guys, plus 3 others, take care of the sheep. They guard them from all the different predators that consider these sheep a potential supper, as in wolves, coyotes, fox, bear, etc. They are very busy at night!
*I have a few photos taken last fall interspersed in the most recent ones. They add a little detail to the story.
|Shep (I think)|
|Shep and Buckler|
|He likes to be petted!|
There are also another animal kept to protect the sheep- a Llama. Actually I think there are two of them. Apparently they aren't quite as effective as the dogs!
|One of the llamas - Llami?|
And just because there isn't enough going on, here is the requisite pony for the farm. He keeps the weeds and grass trimmed in by all the hydrangea and curly willow that they raise for florists and dried flower arrangements.
They have all sorts of other animals, including rabbits, chickens and a guinea hen and a sweet border collie who rounds up any sheep escapees.
So, I wandered off on my own, while there was some good light yet and took a few pix. Let's start with the rams. I do not pretend to know anything about these sheep. I know they are very photogenic, that they do not produce wool, they are "hair sheep", that they get curly horns. Yep that's about it.
|Obviously proud of himself|
|I love their coloring!|
Now let's look at some girls and the babies-
Some of the babies are bottle fed, if it was a twin or triplet, and/or if the mama isn't able to take care of it. They are so sweet!
|Young sheep, with mamas in the back|
|Aw, one of the bottle babies|
|Omg, aren't they cute???|
|More of the moms|
Oh, wait, let's take a second to look at that sunset!
|Heading to the hay bales|
|King of the hill|
Some of us just can't wait our turn!
|Getting a nice drink- taken last fall|
If you want to see more about the Beaver Creek Full Curl Ranch, visit it on their website!
Until next time, be a joy giver!