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Hi Jen, what an exciting adventure you’ve embarked on! We did that ourselves many times over the years but always with the Navy footing the bill and telling us where to go! 😆 I’m always inspired and awed by “civilians” who are brave enough to strike out and follow their dreams! Congratulations!
Hey there 👋
my name is Jen, I’m originally from New Hampshire but this past February my husband and myself packed up our 4 children (our youngest was just 6 days old) and drove to Texas to start a small farm on 5 acres with plans to expand in the future. My background is in dog breeding, with degrees in small animal care and veterinary technology. I currently have 2 adult German shepherd dogs, their 5 puppies, a 4-month-old maremma puppy that is living outside and being trained as a Livestock Guardian dog. We have 4 tortoise, 2-turtles, 5 kunekune pigs, chickens, guineas, and we are getting sheep this summer, as well as another maremma puppy as soon as some of the German shepherd pups find homes. I’ve never done this before, it’s definitely a learning experience and I’m doing it alone as my husband is always working or sleeping but I’m excited for the future.
Hi! We have a small Hobby Farm in Kelowna, BC Canada with lots of goats, sheep, chickens and ducks! We also have two amazing Maremma's who keep all the bears, cougars and wolves away from our animals. We did a lot of research before choosing the Maremma and we couldn't be happier with our choice. I have a background in dog training but these dogs teach me new things everyday! Looking forward to sharing experiences
and learning on this forum!
Hi Allison, welcome!
Hello. A few years ago I accidentally rescued a goat. Of course goats need friends, so the herd grew, mostly of other people’s retired goats or cast offs. It became clear that I needed to protect from from intense coyote pressure, so I got a Maremma sheepdog, then a second, and now a third.
My first Maremma was an adult from a breeder who was retiring. I discovered Cindy’s site soon afterward and realized I needed a second dog. Luckily Cindy was having a litter and one of those pups joined my adult, followed by another. This happy trio guard my small property and my goats. Life is so much better with them here.
I also got hooked on training these amazing animals. I was somewhat familiar with positive reinforcement training, but have continued my education and am lucky enough to ”work” with Cindy. Okay, she let’s me come play with dogs. I’m pretty lucky!
I’m also a horse nut, and own three that I train in dressage..
Hi Kathy ~ nice to meet you. I also train and show both traditional and western dressage.
Goats are the REAL gateway animals! 😆
Hello to the Forum! I own three Maremma Sheepdogs that primarily guard our free range poultry (we sell pastured eggs in and around the Bay Area, California). We also have a small herd of goats, some potbellied pigs, and a dairy cow as part of our homestead that are protected by our Maremmas. We love the job our Maremmas do keeping everyone safe. As such, we decided to begin our journey into breeding these incredible dogs. Our first litter just moved on to greener pastures in their new homes as working livestock guardian dogs. Can't wait to see this Forum take off and help prospective, new, and experienced Maremma owners.
Hi Megan, I’m so glad we’re all here!
My name is Becky Hayes. I am all about my pets ~ dogs, horses, cats, chickens. I have been training animals for years but the more I know.... the more I realize I need to know. Pictured is me on one of my horses.
Great to meet everyone.