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A Girl and her Farmdog



“It’s easier,” we assured ourselves, committed not to get another dog.  Cats are really a lot easier.  We can run off to Taos and leave them some big bowls of food and water and they don’t mind a bit.  Cats don’t typically eat the couch or leave horse-like piles in the backyard.  “No, we don’t need a dog,” we said again.

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I suppose it began with a one page article in Sunset Magazine some months ago where a blond photographer and her wolf hybrid traveled the country together capturing the perfect shot.  I miss my wolf.  And a dog to travel around with me would be so fun.  I haven’t really opened my heart to a dog since Navajo.


image_1511665275681Then there was the adorable lab at one of the fairs we did.  Then the movie, A Dog’s Purpose.  Kinda knew that would do me in.  Then I cried when my granddog went home after two weeks at my house.  My other granddog is my logo for my company and he is just too fluffy and cute for words.  I wanted a big floofy dog.



And into our lives entered a ginormous ball of fur.  Gandalf talks like a husky, is huge and fluffy like a wolf, protective already, and at three months old is already forty pounds.  I am in love.  So is Doug.  The cats…well, not so much.  The kitten loves him though!


If you are considering a farm dog or a city dog, it may be the perfect holiday gift for yourself and for the little soul that you bring home.  If you have extra love to give, there is a pup out there who would be so grateful.



Katie Lynn Sanders is a Master Herbalist, 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 with her husband, fourteen chickens, three ducks, a giant Pyrenees, two goats, five cats, and visiting children and grandchildren in southern Colorado.

8 thoughts on “A Girl and her Farmdog

  1. He is such a floof! Someday I want to adopt a retired racing greyhound. They are such hilarious and lazy dogs. A nice lazy dog to complement my crazy girl. 😉

    1. That was our last dog! He was an amazing retired greyhound. We had Bumble for nine years. He would sit on a recliner outside and guard the chickens. He was precious. But if a kid left the gate open he was off to the races! I highly recommend one for you!

  2. Puppies! Welovethem all. He’s such a big ball of fluff! Glorious. We are so glad we got Bonnie she’s a constant source of amusement, and she has carved her own place in our hearts alongside Ruby and our beloved Pip. Thought of you this morning, driving through northern Spain in a hard frost! A signpost for La Puebla (pretty close to Peublo) brought you and yours to mind!

    1. I loved your letter! Just found out I’m 13% Spanish. I look forward to hearing your adventures. We will have to write letters online until you get back! I need a photo of your new pup.

  3. He’s gorgeous! After more than forty years of cats and dogs, when our last one died (coinciding with our retirement), we decided to go animal-less for awhile. The freedoms, such as traveling, have kept us that way. Still . . . we so much miss the love and warmth and fun of animals. I can tell the day is getting closer when we’ll have at least one in our home again.

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