Whenever we have time, we go to check on them and see how they are doing. There are a male, a female, and two babies from earlier this year. You know how folks say "busy as beavers"? There is something to that. When they can be seen, they REALLY are quite busy. Cutting willows and then moving them from one place to another.
So far, they have built a dam across the north fork, and another long diagonal dam across the east end of their pond. I have read that they need about six to eight feet in depth in their pond for them to survive the winter. They do not have that depth yet, and so it remains to be seen if this location will work out for them.
As you can see, Marley is quite the smiley dogie. He is very enthusiastic about his new job on the farm. He barks at everything, even thunder. He is always pleased with himself... after all, every time he barks at the thunder, it quits. He is just a year and a half old and still a puppy at heart. Badger seems to like him, in spite of his constant playing with the food dishes. We never know where to look at feeding time. Marley will have moved them yet again to somewhere else.
The sheep have also become used to his bounding from here to there. He hasn't yet learned the "tail-down-slow-walk", but will in time.
His only other bad habit is standing in the stock tank, especially if I have just cleaned it. He doesn't do this so much anymore, since he discovered the creek. Definitely the place to go on a hot day.
So, I will go through our flock records and pair the ewes and rams for another season. Perhaps by next year there will be some other breeding ram possibility, and we will finally have brown Corriedales. Hope "springs eternal" on the farm. Well, we all have to have our goals and something to look forward to.
I will say that the summer hay crop has been good this year, so we can look forward to fall and winter knowing that we should have enough hay. It just doesn't get any better than this!
We hope your summer has been good to you as well... Joanna & Keith Gleason [an error occurred while processing this directive]