…That's what owners of our old fashioned farm collie puppies say. We love the way our farm dogs think, work and nurture!
Button is off to Arizona! Her new name is Mazie. She will herd goats, and keep watch over the turkeys, geese, chickens, and family. Button will be registered with the OTSC organization.
Word from the owner –
Dec 11, 2016 – I had Mazie Button, out with the poultry today and she did great. This has been her first full week of exposure to her new home. I work a bit different as I also have LGD’s. The first several days was getting her acquainted with the other dogs she will be working with. The dogs each spend time in different areas with different animals. For me the dogs must also bond with each other and with the livestock. LGds do not tolerate chasing, however, they will tolerate pack members moving the stock in a calm manner. Koda, my first collie was raised with the lGDs and he is my only intact male. Koda and I worked together to get him to calmly move stalk and he is awesome. Next came Naomi, she is learning from koda and he corrects her as needed. Now I have Mazie Button. Her exposure has only been to be around the stock and the other dogs. We will work on moving/herding one she has bonded and is comfortable. There was no chasing at all and she earned the trust of the turkeys super fast. She is fitting in perfectly and one of the pyrs has a serious crush on her.
Button is extremely smart, and reads the farmer’s mind well, she see’s what needs to be done and does her best to accomplish the task. Button is spit fire herself, even though Button is the smallest she has an attitude, Button will uphold your rules, and make sure that all is in order. She has a mind of her own and is strong willed, Button will need a devoted trainer, when she is being held or pet by a child she can be calm and gentle. Button loves to go on walks with me. she likes to go inside the house and be where her people are. Button is expected to grow up to be around 50-60lbs. She looks like some of her English shepherd ancestors with her natural bob tail and broad face, and gentle eyes. Button can read body langue well. She knows how to get along with the cats.
6 months old, and a great farm worker!
Visiting the ducks- I called the ducks up, and gave them some grain. Button and I sat down, Button looked at the ducks, never letting her gaze off of them, she watched them for awhile trying to understand these new creatures, good observant girl! I said “Okay Button, let’s go herd them.” Button bounded after them, she circled the ducks a few times, but what caught my eye is that she kept singling out the drakes and moving them away from the group. I called her and she came with no hesitation. “Good girl Button!”
Seeing the Calf- Button took no interest in Joey the calf, she wasn’t scared, or shy, she just didn’t care. We sat down, she took a few steps forward, looked at him and just walked back sniffing something in the grass thatmust have been more interesting then a cow. silly dog. I’m glad she was not afraid of the calf, but I’ll keep working her with Jeoy to see if she improves.
Pictures of Button-
At 19 weeks
At 12 weeks
At 9 weeks
At 4 weeks
at 3 weeks