A dog adopted us in 2010 -- showed up and wouldn't leave. She has been
one of many that have been dumped near here over time by irresponsible owners
that drive the several miles out of town and just leave them abandoned next to
the road to fend for themselves. Most we find homes for, but not this
one. Named April, she looks like a Maremma sheepdog and Labrador Retriever
mix but of course her
pedigree is unknown. At this time she was still a pup but
had just about reached full size. After being here long enough for the llamas
to learn she was resident, to keep herself entertained April took to "herding"
the llamas, which they adamantly refused to do. When April got playful the
female llamas would instead chase her out of the field but with April and the
llamas equally bored it turned into a game. April would dart into a field and
run around them, and llamas and dog would take turns chasing each other.
Marley O'Joy, a llama in the gelding
field, would at times dance with April -- him pronking and both of them leaping and
spinning around -- they seemed to be
having great fun. Sometimes April would run around with a stick as a toy while
playing with the llamas.
Now I often see April restraining her exuberance just laying next to one of the llamas in the field when they are cushed or grazing, and our fence jumper, Pharaoh, often wanders about outside of the pastures and April usually accompanies him wherever he goes. They just hang out together feeling the need for company and I've seen the two of them playing together with Pharaoh doing happy dances and April bounding along with him. They all get bored at times and the hanging out turns into play, but it's now more on the llama's terms.
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