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The Urban Farm Dog (meet Gandalf)


He’s here!  Eleven weeks old and thirty-three pounds of fluff.  (And muscle and baby teeth and mischief!)


He is a gentle giant.  My granddaughter ran into the house laughing yesterday to meet the new addition.  She ran right up to him and he began licking her face.  He played with my daughter’s dog.  He loves the kitten.  He welcomed my students to the house.  He is a friendly fellow.


I know I will be learning a lot in the next year about training; something I have never done.  He’s a smart one.  He outsmarted the baby gates with sheer force.  He doesn’t sleep in the kennel; he wants to sleep on the floor by our bed.  But he is a good boy.  And I am excited to have him here.


Welcome Gandalf to Pumpkin Hollow Farm!  (He set that pumpkin there!)



Katie Lynn Sanders is the author of seven books, has been a speaker on sustainable living, and loves all things wine, regenerative agriculture, homesteading, travel, food, arts, crafts, books, and finding enchantment and inspiration in the smallest things. She lives on a one acre farm and vineyard, Pumpkin Hollow Farm, with her husband, fourteen chickens, three ducks, a giant Pyrenees, two goats, five cats, and visiting children and grandchildren in southern Colorado.

13 thoughts on “The Urban Farm Dog (meet Gandalf)

  1. So jealous! I know a farm is no longer in our future, but the GP was going to be the centerpiece to our farm. They are beautiful dogs and I can’t wait to watch him grow up thru your blog.

    1. Well this isn’t much of a farm either! Big garden and some chickens. More of a homestead! I am glad I had the heeler first for a few weeks. That guy was so crazy that he makes Gandalf look angelic!

  2. Oh yes, just a recommendation, as far as training books go, anything by Patricia B. McConnell is good. Her books are full of information and she’s also a brilliant writer, so you won’t fall asleep reading them. 😉 I think she has one just about puppies. The Puppy Primer I think it’s called.

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