Spring is definitely in the air and the puppies are not the only new arrivals. The flock of Boer Goats are also having babies at the moment and while most of them are doing very well, there are inevitably one or two weaker ones in the group. Some first time mothers do not understand their role, and with the nights being very cold, the dogs are stepping in to help.
A few nights ago I was so pleased to watch Phudi (one of the Endangered Wildlife Trust Livestock Guardian Dogs working here) insist on coming into the lambing pen to help out with newborn triplets. The ewe was tired and the babies were weak but they cleaned them together and Phudi gently nudged the lambs to their feet and towards their mothers udder. She refused to leave the pen and slept with them over night. Last night she cleaned up two lambs whose mother had rejected them and got them dry before the temperature dropped. Without her care they would likely had died of cold. These dogs continue to amaze us and we simpy cannot imagine farming with livestock without them.