10.22.2012

Our New Buddy

I'm in love...


...with our new farm dog, Buddy.


He's a seven-month old Anatolian Shepherd
who couldn't be any sweeter if he tried.


He's a gentle giant.
{Hard to believe he'll double in size!}


He's calm, laid back...and looks right at home in our barn!


I've always believed that people are happiest
when they're doing what God created them to do.

I think the same is true for dogs.

Anatolian Shepherds have a 6,000-year history as livestock guardians.
We're hoping to give Buddy a chance to use his natural instincts real soon.
{Egg laying hens have always been part of our country dream.}


I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a dog in the family, 
but it only took Buddy one second to steal my heart!




All of a sudden, I'm spending hours in the barn just to be with him!

A little back story: My oldest daughter has been begging for a dog since she was old enough to say the word. I used every excuse in the book...the primary one being we didn't have much of a yard in the city, and I didn't want to walk around town with a plastic bag picking up dog poop. She swore she wouldn't mind doing it, but hello?!?! She's in school all day. All you homemamas know who takes care of the dog! I'll be honest, I didn't want that job.

But when we started dreaming about Franklin and a small farm, my excuses no longer held water. I knew a dog was in our future whether I wanted one or not.


My plan was to get settled, make repairs, finish unpacking, wait until card season was over, wait for warmer springtime weather, get some chickens, then start talking about a dog. But I should know by now, His ways are not my ways; they are better than my ways! {Isaiah 55:8-9}



While talking with the breeder about buying a puppy from a future litter, she said she had the perfect fit for our family right now. {She was planning to keep him until we came along.} We were blown away by his good looks in the photos and liked her description of his personality, but I still wasn't convinced.

Just out of curiosity, I asked his name. When she said, "I call him Buddy," something in my spirit said, "Yes! I need a buddy!" So while I was away at a four-day retreat last weekend, my husband and girls drove several hours to pick up our first-ever dog. And the breeder was absolutely right:

Buddy is PERFECT for our family!







I know Buddy is just a dog, but he feels more like a Godsend.
I'm off to the barn to hang out with him!

Happy Monday!
P.S. The cable is a temporary training tool.
Don't worry, he won't need it soon!

P.P.S. A sweet friend in Houston just shared this with me.
Anatolians and cheetahs together at the Houston Zoo! 

40 comments:

  1. Oh look at you, getting a dog! Wow, you are really getting into country life! After we had our ranch for awhile we finally got a dog, although my daughter who was afraid of dogs, wasn't so sure. I wanted a protective dog that would help we keep an eye on our daughter with Down Syndrome, since she can wander away from the house (but never goes far). So we got a collie that looks just like Lassie. She's gorgeous and perfect for us, but the hair is something I have to sweep up daily. She's not allowed on the furniture, so it's just on the floor, but oh my. And with the heat here, and the promise we had to make to the collie rescue group where we adopted her, she is an inside dog. As for staying close to home, we didn't train her, she just knew to not go far from the house. When at the ranch she is free to roam as she likes, and the fences are easy for her to slip under, but she is always close by, and checks on every member of the family to make sure everyone is okay. If anyone goes to the creek, she goes with them. Your Buddy is going to be (or already is) such a blessing to you. So glad to see you so happy. Bravo to be open to God's timing.

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  2. oh my gosh! those pics are priceless - every single one. what a beautiful dog! I'm so thrilled to see you looking so happy in these pics :) God is so good. Have a blessed week!

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  3. Woman's best friend. I have been enjoying mine today and just thanking God for knowing what comfort those soulful brown eyes can offer. Enjoy getting to know your new best friend.
    Jamie
    PS Glad to see that you are still sharing your journey!

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  4. I can't tell you how excited I was to see LLH in my inbox this morning. I so look forward to your posts and this one is no exception. Your new love is amazing, beautiful, gentle, and perfect for your farm and family. So happy you found your "Buddy"...

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  5. Buddy looks right at home there with your sweet family. What a beautiful new friend for all of you.

    Think about you often.

    Love ya, Amy

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  6. I posted this on your facebook page, too - on another post. That breed is raised at the Houston Zoo alongside the cheetahs. And they are now fostering some wolf pups.
    http://houstonzooblogs.org/zoo/tag/cheetah-dog-program-history/

    Super sweet and adorable!

    Jackie

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    1. I love that, Jackie! I just added the link to the end of my post. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. It has been my personal experience that a dog heals wounds you didn't even know were there!! "A dog will love you until his last breath. Be worthy of such devotion!"

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    1. this is so true! we are facing the last days of our dog, and all of the memories of her support have come flooding back. She has been constantly by my side through several hard times--she has seen tears that no one has seen. And God has definitely used her to speak to me in different ways. She has been the perfect dog for us as well, and God brought her to us in a special way, too. It makes me happy to see a new dog relationship beginning as I am having to let go of ours :(

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  8. Congrats to your newest family member Lins, he is just gorgeous. What a sweet, sweet pooch!
    xoxo~
    T

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  9. Oh I love your new "buddy!" He's gorgeous. {HUGS}

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  10. We recently added a border collie to our family. We love our little guy but get constant grief that he is an outside dog. I grew up on a farm where that was normal. Have you encountered anything like that? Buddy is a precious dog and looks like a life long friend to his new family! I enjoy your blog so much

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    1. Yes, Leslie. In fact, I was about to add a note to my dog-loving friends in the city that Buddy was born in the barn and has never spent a day inside...not have any of his relatives for generations. In our culture, people like to have dogs who live where they live, sleep where they sleep, etc. On a farm, a guardian is needed at night, so it would make no sense at all to have him inside. He's a happy guy, so I don't worry what others will think. He's not any less loved! :)

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    2. I feel so much better. Chevy was also born in a barn. He is surely more happy out in the fresh air than being cooped up in the house. I know I am. Obviously we provide warm shelter for him since we live in a cooler climate. I don't know why I worry about what others think but I tend to especially when it involves one of my babies whether 2 legged or 4!

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  11. I love your blog! So glad you are back ;-) Your dog is precious! I have a question....are you still happy with the bridge faucet you put in your kitchen that you ordered from Overstock? I am looking at ordering the same one and wanted to get your opinion. Thanks for any input! Your house is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Beth. Regarding the faucet, I like it, but don't love it. I bought it because the one that was here wasn't working well and this one was close to what I wanted for a really great price. If we do more significant updates in our kitchen, I'll probably select something else.

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  12. The pictures are beautiful!
    You and your dog will get to know each other over time and I can tell you this; he is going to be your best and most loyal friend! His unconditional love for you and your family will be great!

    Have a nice day!

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  13. Thanks so much Linsey!

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  14. What a sweet guy! Congrats to you and your family. I got my dog last year on Halloween as an eight week old. It has been a great first year!

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  15. Congrats on Buddy! I am so happy for your family. He is the perfect dog for you, Linsey, because I can tell he loves getting his picture taken! Enjoy!

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  16. A farm without a dog? Never! I'm so glad to see that you got a dog. He will be more than that to your family as y'all continue to bond. He is BEAUTIFUL!! You're so lucky to have that beautiful property to call your own. You were right to wait to get a dog. Your new property will be perfect. I believe our pets are angels sent down to us from above.

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  17. CUTEST PICTURES EVER ON YOUR BLOG!!!! So glad you found Buddy! He is going to have a great life with you and will give you so much love in return. Can't wait to meet your other "animals" as they arrive! :) xo

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  18. oh linsey girl, i can tell ya'll are in love...and you should be. what a gorgeous, awesome doggy!!
    ya'll are both lucky to have each other.
    yay buddy!!

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  19. He's gorgeous, so regal and calm looking. Enjoy! Pure love, for sure:-)

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  20. So glad you didn't decide to NOT post any more on your blog or we would of missed the beautiful pictures of Buddy coming into your life and into the lives of your family. What sweet, sweet pictures of a new family member. He will protect your family and your barn for many years to come and bring you so much joy and love... and you will provide so much love for Buddy. ♥

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  21. Buddy looks absolutely gorgeous! I can completely identify with your feelings about getting a dog in the city, and how you've changed. I had the same misgivings about picking up poop and having a dog with only a small garden when we lived in London. Now that we are in the English countryside, it seemed only natural that we would get a dog, but only when I knew that it would be right for ME - the only one at home during the day to go for walks, feed him AND pick up the poop - despite what the children say - lol! Getting our dog Byron, was one of the best decisions we ever made, as I am sure Buddy will be for you!
    Best wishes, Paula x

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  22. Oh, what a sweet dog. Its funny how they become a member of the family so quickly. I'm so glad you decided to get a dog. You will totally enjoy him.

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  23. Oh my - he is stunning. Our dog adds so much happiness to our house. You are sure to love every minute!

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  24. Beautiful dog!Our dogs are my "other babies". I can relate to so loving their company. I was wondering if I might as a favor of you Linsey,you have been such a sweet encouragement to me while our family has gone through so many trials. A dear friend of mine passed away very unexpectedly last week.She leave's behind her husband, and four precious boys (ages 10-1) I am doing a "Card Drive" for her family for the next year,they will recieve atleast a card a day to let her boys and husband know how much people care and are praying for them. Would you be willing to share a link on your blog? http://hartsforhim.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-card-day.html
    Enjoy your sweet moments with your Buddy!

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  25. What a precious face and a gift from God! I can promise you that you won't look at him for long as just a dog. He will become part of your family and add so much happiness and be a wonderful companion during those days that are tough. Dogs are so good for the soul.

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  26. Aw I just want to squeeze him all up and kiss that "beak" of his. :) my daughter used to call our dogs' muzzle a beak and it has always stuck. Congrats on your new family member and friend. I do hope u will share him with us!!!

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  27. I am so happy for you guys! A buddy is just what you needed...love the photos and your new companion!

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  28. Ack he's sweet and ALL legs! He will bring lots of joy to your family I am sure!!

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  29. Good dog, Buddy! A match made in heaven... every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above..What a sweet dog, What a sweet family! Perfect fit... Welcome, big guy!

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  30. SOO cute!!! My dogs would love him and would love that farm to live on! I have 2 Siberian Huskies that we recently adopted, and they are already family! I even ordered Christmas stocking for them to match ours!haa! Congrats Buddy on your new home!!!

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  31. I loved meeting Buddy!! :) He has such a gentle face, but a wise one....especially for only 7 months old!! Panda and Mocha, our Tibetan Terriers, send hugs to Buddy :)
    xoxo
    Loi

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  32. I LOVE your blog! Amazing! Just beautiful! I run a home decor blog called "Home by Ally." I blog about repurposing furniture, DIY projects, home decor and the life of being a military wife. "Like" my page at www.facebook.com/homebyally. Once we hit 1,000 likes we will be doing a silent auction with TONS of great vendors...and where all proceeds are going to a family effected by cancer! XOXO ♥ Remember to "follow" on the blog as well at www.homebyally.blogspot.com

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  33. Just a dog?! There is no such thing, he's part of the family and should be sleeping in the house in a comfy bed next to you and the rest of the family. He can go outside during the day to protect the livestock. Please~!

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    1. Trust me, there are nights I've wanted to have him close to us because I love him so, but the barn is his home. These dogs are guardians at heart, and the night time is when livestock and poultry need guarding. To bring him in would be to deny him use of his natural instincts. {This breed is most alert at night.} He's far happier doing what he was made to do than being inside with us. That makes my heart happy!

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  34. What gorgeous dogs you have, their eye remind me so much of our English Shepherds, another herding/livestock guardian breed. They are both at my feet as I type this, but I know that if we had livestock they would want to be close by to keep them safe as they were bred to be all around farm dogs.

    Kat

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