It's been a year since Khan and Khai joined us from Primal Pastures. Over the past 12 months, I've learned so much about the strong instincts of these Great Pyrenees / Anatolian Shepherd dogs. Here are a few examples:
We arrived to the farm at 11pm on a Friday evening after an 8 hour drive from Murrieta, CA. The cargo van carried Bubbles & Giggles, two 4-month old Kune Kune gilts, Little Trooper, a 10-month old Kune Kune boar, Khai, a 7-week old LGD, and Khan, a 7-month old LGD. Khan had been puking in the back of the van for most of the trip, so we were sure he'd be the first to launch out of the van when we pulled into the pasture. Not the case. He would not budge for anything. We were stumped.
Turned out that during the 8-hour drive he had instinctively identified the 3 pigs as his new responsibility. As soon as the pigs were out into their new paddock and settled, Khan hopped out of the van and took Lori on a 30-minute survey of the pasture perimeter - all 3 acres. When they returned, he was a new dog. Tail wagging, tongue flapping, happy guardian.
The first grey squirrel Khan caught was a large pregnant mom (awww...). We were sure he'd keep Khai away from his prize as we had witnessed them competing over sticks and bones several times. Again, we were wrong. As soon as Khan soaked up all of Lori's accolades and praise for a job well done, he turned over the now-dead squirrel to Khai, who promptly devoured the entire animal. Khan was teaching Khai that 1. you can catch these things and 2. they taste pretty good.
And we've witnessed lots of instances where one of the goat kids or piglets are being handled roughly or just picked up by one of our many visitors and Khan gently saunters over to let them know that he's paying attention. A gentle tap on the shoulder from the 6-foot standing hound let's our visitors know to be careful with the members of the herd.
We love these dogs and our farm is a much more peaceful place thanks to them.