Our Bella

A few weeks ago, my husband told me he couldn't get Buddy's sister out of his mind. Oh, my. What exactly are you saying? I had no plans to bring home a second dog, but I could tell he was in love. He called the breeder and asked if she'd be willing to part with Buddy's sister...expecting the answer would be no. It was hard to let her go {she's a beautiful and sweet spirited specimen for breeding}, but after seeing how happy Buddy was here on our farm, she said YES!

So yesterday, JD drove 7 hours to bring Bella home.

She's a more slender version of Buddy...with a softer, lighter coat.

I don't know who's more in love...JD or these dogs!
They adore him...and each other!

She's already so trusting and loving.

Isn't she beautiful?!?!
She seems right at home in our barn.

This is where Bella and Buddy sleep:

I know to those of you with city dogs or house pets, this may seem cruel and unusual. But this is where they were born to be...and where they feel most at home. They have a 6,000-year history as livestock guardians, and the real work of a guardian takes place at night. These dogs lounge around in the daytime and are very alert at night. They like to be close to the animals they are protecting. {Bella still smells like goats, but it's chickens that will come first on our farm.}

And a few recent shots of our handsome Buddy:

He loves to run free in the field and around the pond.

Here's his "don't leave me" face:

Such a puppy in that picture!
And we love his squinty-eyed face:

I think these two are going to have a lot of fun together!

 One thing's for sure...
we love hanging out at the barn with them!
I could sit there all day!

Now that we're spending daily time at the barn, I'm going to need a new pair of boots.
Waterproof and hardworking. No city slicker rain boots here!
Any suggestions???

Thanks for taking a peek at our sweet Bella today!

With a grateful heart,


  1. How great is that??!! So happy that you have TWO sweet puppies to brighten your new home! Love that they are barn dogs too...you are right - they were born for it!

  2. oh my gosh....YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Aww... they are too adorable!! :)

  4. They are beautiful! I think dogs do better when they have a friend to pal around with : o )

  5. they are beautiful....and I'm so glad you brought them back together.
    can you imagine how much more fun they'll have together on all that land?

    you said you guys were getting chickens first....what else are you guys planning to bring to the farm?
    #livingadream :)

    1. Great question and very observant, my friend! Chickens have always been part of the dream, so we'll start with them. But would you believe we're looking into sheep or goats? Both have their drawbacks, but just doing some homework and farm visits to keep our options open! We have the land, so it would feel good to use it!

  6. Morning Sunshine. Hoping you have a warm coat and some boots ordered today. :-) I used to ride horses--so warm feet were important in those breeches and riding boots. A trick, put on knee-high panty-hose under your socks. It helps a little! Layering! And, my daddy had hunting dogs {outside babies}. One of the best materials for retaining warmth in their beds {and also repelling certain bugs} was cedar chips. Or, at least, that's what we were told. Smelled yummy, too! Now, for the fun part, your two new family members are SO DEAR. I love their soulful faces and their sweet spirits just jump off the pages!!! Enjoy them--they will love you completely and teach you a level of devotion that simply draws you closer to God with every wag of their tail!!!!

    1. I love your last thought. Never thought that was possible, but I'm beginning to see what you mean!

  7. Oh welcome to Bella! She is absolutely beautiful!!! What a rich life those two will have with you all! Sending much love!!

  8. Oh, they are beautiful! I see the Love in JD's eyes for them and that is precious.

    I am so happy for your family and that you are living out a dream. You are so deserving my friend.

    Love you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  9. What's not to love about dogs! Very pretty blonds to add to the family. About the boots, while in Alaska this summer we noticed everyone wearing the same brown rain boot. Not sure of the brand, but they must be good if people wear them in Alaska! Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and thank you for sharing the pictures. Made my heart soft and mushy for the day ahead.

  10. Congrats on your newest baby....she is gorgeous! I adore doggies, nothing better.
    Happy turkey day to you and your sweet family. It's an extra special one for you guys this year so enjoy every moment.

    Cheers to you.

  11. Both pups are absolutely beautiful! I'm so happy for you. Their little nest in the barn is just perfect...I see your reasoning for sure!

    Boots...Hunter all the way! Love mine.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family!


  12. She's beautiful, and I'm sure Buddy is so happy to have her company. Sweet things::-)

  13. I absolutely love your heart. Thank you for sharing with us and being transparent. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your dearest. I hope you have been introduced to "For the Love of a House." It is my absolute favorite blog about how a couple moved from Texas to New Hampshire to restore an old farmhouse. I think you would Love it like I do! Here is her blog that tells about her favorite boots: http://fortheloveofahouse.blogspot.com/2012/03/winter-essentials.html

    Be sure and tell Jodi I sent you! (she is taking a little break right now from the blogging world, but you can catch her on instagram)

    xo, Emily

    1. I love Joan's blog! We've actually connected because of this move. Both of us moved from the buzz of big Texas cities to quiet farm life. She has impeccable taste and is such an inspiration to many. But thanks for the boot link! Hadn't read that post, and there were lots of great winter suggestions!

  14. I am such a sucker for a cute dog face:). I have 2 Old English Sheepdogs.....and I am glad I got 2. They are best friends and keep each other company.....you are gonna find a whole new kind of love from them:)

    1. Oh, Sherry, I bet the faces of your Old English Sheepdogs are irresistible! And I think you're right about finding a whole new kind of love. I didn't even know I had it in me! It's like I grew a new heart just for these two dogs! :)

  15. Hi Linsey! Chip says La Crosse (budget friendly) or Le Chameau (budget buster) are good rubber boots. Love seeing those precious dogs! XO


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