Monday, January 23, 2012

Duke's First Cattle-Yak Drive

It was time to wean the calves from the cows and of course,
because we calve later than most ranchers, we also wean later.

We thought we'd see how Duke would handle bringing the herd home.
 Unfortunately, he didn't start off very well.
He was so excited, he ended up turning the herd back 
in the direction they just came from.
The cows were a bit wound up also, so all in all,
it made for a volatile situation.

This video was taken after his mistake and you can see how
one yak-cross cow tried to put him in his place.
Thankfully, Duke didn't take it personally and he went right back to herding.

After that little mishap, Duke ended up sitting in the truck.

Where he watched the action taking place outside.

Until the end, when we thought we try him out for the final push up the hill.

All things considered, he did quite well for only being seven months old
and it was a learning experience for all of us. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Duke The Wonder Dog

Have you wondered what has Duke been up to in the past few months since my last post about him?
To start with, he's been eating and growing and playing and learning.

He loves to ride in the truck and his spot is on the floor, passenger side.

But he will try and get away with trying out the driver's side,
or wiggling his way up on to the passenger's lap so he can look out, or curl up and fall asleep.

He's learned to raid our compost and discovered a treat, 
corn on the cob, minus the corn.

(Is this what's known as a corndog?)

He has a few favourite toys, like his Greenie. 

But he'll pretty much chew on anything he can get away with (see corndog photo above).
Needless to say, our front doormat has taken a beating.

He loves to retrieve a ball, bone or stick and as he's young and full of energy,
 he will play this game endlessly, if he can keep your attention.

He's also learned to play catch with himself.
On a windy day, he will find something light,
pick it up in his mouth and throw it into the air and run and catch it.

So far, he knows the words sit, lie down, shake a paw, jump up, kennel, owl, deer.

He made that all important trip to the vet.
Have you ever seen anything more pathetic looking than this?

The "cone of shame" didn't last long as it terrified him more than it helped him. 
Thankfully, the surgery has helped his mind focus better.

He will howl with some encouragement.

He has a unique way of relaxing.

Ah, this is the life!

He went on his first Christmas tree hunt out to the mountains.

And he's getting familiar with the bovines.
Watch this clip as he tests the limits with one of our
Red Angus/Simmental-cross cows and a yak-cross heifer.

Is he a wonder dog? Yep. He's wonderful to us.

Watch for my next post when we'll see what happens
when he had his first experience moving the cattle-yak herd.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dzo Photo In The Financial Post

You may remember my post from last summer when Journalist Twyla Campbell and Photographer Michele King paid a visit to Springridge Ranch, as well as the subsequent article that appeared first in the Edmonton Journal and then other newspapers across the country. It recently came to our attention that on November 28, 2011, a farm related article appeared in the Financial Post and the accompanying photo was one that Michele had taken at Springridge Ranch last summer! To see the photo and article, click here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Springridge Ranch Calendar

Happy New Year!

If you would like a pdf version of our 2012 one page calendar, please send us an email and we will gladly send you one! Email: