The Family is Complete

We did it!  We brought home Beezee yesterday and with my mother living here as well, our little farm family is complete – at least for this year.  Next spring we hope to add a small flock of chickens, and then later we’ll bring in some wool animals.  My first thought is sheep, but I have considered goats and perhaps an alpaca.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

IMAG0546For today, I am very happy to introduce you to Fionn, Beezee, and Grandma.  I think Beezee will adapt well to farm life, although her personality couldn’t be more different than Fionn’s.  She is rather dainty – much smaller than Fionn and more refined.  While Fionn is a bundle of enthusiastic energy, Beezee is gentler and less prone to wild movement.

So far, they are skirting around each other cautiously.  We have taught Fionn that showing his dominance by mounting his new “sister” is not okay and Beezee has asserted herself more than once when he got a little too sniffy for her taste.  I hope that over time they will accept each other and come to the point of actually playing together.  Fionn is more than ready, but he likes to play rough and has had no other dogs to play with for a whole year.  I don’t know if they will ever have the same taste in play, but I hope they come to some equilibrium soon.


About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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4 Responses to The Family is Complete

  1. Linsey says:

    Beezee is the perfect name for your bee keeping farm! Your mom looks so happy. Very nice to see. Love your pictures and stories!

  2. floridaborne says:

    Your mom looks content and your doggies look quite happy next to her. She’s fortunate to have such a warm, welcoming place to live.

    Having a second dog makes a difference.. My Vizsla Mutt was an only dog for several months when she was about 5. The dogs who were here before her had passed on (they were much older). She began to decline, looking like a 10 year old dog instead of in her prime. Then one by one, other dogs found us. One was a puppy we brought home and within months the Vizsla Mutt looked like a different dog. Perky, running, a smile in her eyes. She was more like a 3 year old after that.

    • bluestempond says:

      There is a real positive image, the one I was hoping for when we got the 2nd dog! It has been more difficult than I’d expected, though. They are beginning to like each other, but the new dog requires a lot of “taming” and still uses the screened porch as a toilet if we are not watching her every minute. We are taking her through formal training and giving Fionn a refresher course at home as well. I was on the fence for a while but I think I am just about committed to keep Beezee at this point.

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