Sunday, September 29, 2013

hanna's flight

Six weeks ago a scrawny, skiddish, flea infested, little caterpillar of a dog came home with me. So many unknowns as I walked her out of the animal shelter that day. But she stole my heart and that I knew she would do. The distance Hanna has traveled in such a short time, is so remarkable that I'm having a hard time keeping up with her. She conquers milestones daily and now that she has the opportunity, she is emerging into becoming the guardian it seems she has always longed to be.
Hanna in training by our seasoned guardian, Reina
 The past couple of weeks Hanna had her spay surgery, received the rest of her vaccinations and has recovered beautifully. And besides a guardian for the sheep, goats and chickens..she's also become a companion for me.
on the way to see her Doctor for her spay surgery
after surgery and getting pampered a bit inside
a day spent with Hanna is always a good one
I absolutely adore Hanna and the feeling is mutual. Her loyalty to me quiets my world and brings tears to my eyes. Dogs are brilliant creatures. They can leave me speechless like nothing else can. Because of our bond, it has been a pull on my heart whether or not to make our farm, Hanna's permanent home. My heart says she stays but my mind knows there are many farms that are in need of a good guardian, farms that are suffering livestock losses. I received numerous calls and emails from farms that needed Hanna. Farms where Hanna would not only be a companion for their herds and the humans but she would be filling a job that is desperately needed. Since Hanna is one of several guardians here, I sift through the inquiries and find the right farm and make the decision to let her go.
The next blog post will show Hanna on her new farm, so if you're a Hanna fan, stay tuned and think of us this week as we spend some last moments together and make this transition with her. Hanna's about to spread her wings and fly..

More of Hanna's story can be read here:

Saving just one dog won't change the world, but surely it will change the world for that one dog

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

happy Hanna - week 2

By now Hanna is feeling really good. Her lyme's treatment has kicked in and she is gaining some needed weight. And now that her bond with me is nice and tight our focus in week 2 was for her to bond with the livestock. Before the end of her first week, the covered cattle trailer where Hanna sleeps and eats was moved into the ram lamb paddock. It's a large paddock with lots of room for Hanna to explore, run and have plenty of her own space too. And in order for her to make the transition to start bonding with the others - I start spending less and less time hanging out with Hanna. Each time I leave her, she is reassured that this is where I need her to stay and that I will return. This farewell is brief but very loving and devoted. A tender moment for us both.

 Day by day she inches closer and closer to them. Soon realizing being in their company is actually kind of nice. They respect her space and she respects theirs.

 Jed the farm king eventually discovers there is a new kid on the block and so...his lessons on who is boss around the farm, begin. Hanna's sweet spirit lets Jed eat his fill first. She does not challenge him when he takes over her cozy quilt and she patiently waits inside the trailer until Jed allows her to leave - she would not go over or around him (he actually laid there in front of the trailer door for a full hour..and she waited!)

By the end of her 2nd week, Hanna is completely relaxed in the pasture. She follows the lambs as they lead and is comfortable enough to nap among them.

 And this girl knows how to relax!

Hanna's trust in me is solid and there's never a doubt where her loyalties lie. She loves my voice, my touch and my company. And this is typically what I see whenever Hanna spots me. A happy Hanna!

Saving just one dog won't change the world, but surely it will change the world for that one dog