Two Sundays ago, I woke up with these two adorable pups snuggled on top of my sleeping bag. Jackie and Casey (KC) are five years old now and thoroughly enjoying our new spot in San Miguel. The newest edition to the property is their new fenced area, which my dad built on his own in just a few short hours! Concrete foundation posts and all!
While Casey and Jackie probably wished they were on the other side of that fence, we needed to make sure they wouldn't follow us to our neighbors ranch... which is protected by a few of these big guys:
Kangals... a gorgeous dog breed from Turkey that's bred to be a livestock protector. And protect is exactly what these dogs did. Each Kangal finds a hill near the live stock so they can position themselves to see any potential threats.
While this guy looks adorable (that smile!), he was actually extremely nerve wracking to drive past. The Kangals were tracking us as soon as we drove onto their property, and didn't relax around us until their owners had welcomed us. These pictures were taken after the Kangals accepted us. When they're "on duty" they never leave their post. This guy resisted playing with the other dogs (and being pet) to stay at his station.
This guy became my friend as soon as I stepped out of the car... everyone, meet Jones. As in Indiana Jones!
The story behind Indy: Our neighbors have a large outside projector they use to host movie night. One night a friend brought a box of puppies and our neighbors fell in love with one. The movie of the evening was "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Arc" and his markings and color reminded everyone of Indiana's outfit in the movie.
One dog that's imposible to photograph? Jinx. Jinx is the dog responsible for herding ALL of the live stock. You can see Indy and two Kangal dogs watching Jinx work below.
All of the Kangals were definitely taller than any of the humans there that day! When they're released from duty, Kangals actually turn into huge cuddle bugs.
Goats love trampolines!
This Kid is named "Finally". As in "we finally had a girl!"
Apparently goats like being milked! This momma jumped right up onto the platform before she was even offered treats!
Before leaving to head back down the 101, I tried some goat milk that had been refrigerated. It was a little weird drinking it after watching a goat being milked, but I gotta say, it tastes way fresher (and skimmer) than any milk I've ever had before.
Looking forward to more ranching experiences in the near future.