With the mower turned off I could hear a baby goat calling for its mother. I found the mom had rejoined the herd in the pasture apparently sneaking in the same place that they have previously gotten out. One of the babies had gotten in with her but the other one was still outside the pasture fence. When she realized that the baby was not with her she went back toward the east fenceline and she walked along the inside of the fence with the baby keeping up along the outside of the fence. They went back and forth trying to get together.
I started out walking along the outside of the fence and Elke decided to come along and help. Our dogs are guardians for our livestock but they instinctively know what to do and are not trained to follow commands and herd like a border collie or other working dogs. And they can be independent, knowing better than me how they are supposed to be doing their job. With Elke being a puppy, only 10 months old, I knew that it could be a disaster waiting to happen. We could have goats scattered everywhere.
It went so much better than I expected. Elke and I made our way around the pasture to where the goats were. Elke was great about waiting when I told her to wait and she didn't chase the goat or get them all stirred up. With only a couple of tries I was able to catch the outside baby and set it down inside the fence with its mom who was oh so glad to have it back. I now have some fence to work on.
|Elke and Manny watching the goats|