Welcome Dixie, the newest member of our family! Dixie arrived very unexpectedly one day as I was returning from the vet's office with a hurt baby goat. I happened to glance down the road (instead of looking at the cows) and saw "something" run across the road and clumsily climb over the side and vanish into the woods. I remember wondering if it was a cat, coon, or what? As I drove by, it suddenly came to me... A puppy! a very young puppy... Scared and trying to get off the road.
I backed up to where I had last seen the pup, parked, and began the chase - sort of... It doesn't take much to be faster than I am and the puppy certainly was, even so little. LOL I followed the pup... climbing over fallen, rotting trees, through brambles and vines, for about 15 minutes. Finally the puppy laid down to hide under a brush pile and I was able to reach her. Yes, a little girl that someone had dumped on the side of the road. I will never understand some people. Out where we live most animals that size end up being coyote dinner. Why didn't they at least take her to the dog pound and let someone try to help? Sigh.... Well, Dixie found a good home. :)
Look at that sweet face! How could anyone not love her?!?! She was so frightened and hungry. We decided to keep her... what else? LOL It took several days to find a name that really fit her personality. As she became more confident and at home, her true personality showed and we finally settled on the name Dixie. She has the terrier temperament and is fearless now that she knows she has a forever home. She loves to chew, chase the cat, and cuddle when she's sleepy. Dixie is so happy that she makes us all smile. :)
So of course, Dixie had to make a visit to the vets to get her vaccinations and worming. She traveled very well, sleeping most the time. And when she isn't sleeping, she loves to chew on her sock monkey toy. :)
Then we had to stop for a visit with her Aunt Sue. Dixie loved that! She spent 30 minutes getting petted and spoiled! LOL
Zach and Amber, our son and daughter-in-law, came to visit and fell in love with our Dixie girl. She charmed her way right into their hearts! Even with her oneriness, puppy barking and talking back, and trying to carry off their shoes to chew on while they were here.
Everyone loves Dixie... except the goats. The new momma goats are NOT happy having her around their babies. So in order to keep from getting smashed by mean momma goats, Dixie has to stay tied up in a pen while in the goat barn, She's not happy about that!
The Great Pyrenees LGDs are still checking her out. They really don't understand why something so little is even thinking about bothering their goats.
Dixie is learning to walk on a leash, respect the goatie mommas, other dogs, horses, cows, and guineas. She loves following the chickens and playing with the Kelpie pups, Desi and Lucy. She has lots of chew toys and her own kennel at night. She loves being with her new family and is already growing fast. We are very happy that Dixie joined our family and enjoys living with us! :)
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.