I told Ben to put the lambs in the small paddock right next to the barn, and the ewes and ram into the small area right behind the barn where we had reinforced all the fencing in anticipation of trying out unproven LGDs. Since coming home, I've kept the sheep penned up and am feeding them hay. We are also leaving all the barn and outside spot lights on all night since almost every night we hear coyotes yipping and howling all around the farm.
Tuesday evening I got a call from Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue; they had a Pyr coming in from a shelter in the mountains with an unknown history but maybe he was a LGD. Would I be willing to test him? In desperation for another LGD I immediately agreed. I drove to Winston Salem on Wed. and picked up Holden, a 120 lb., sweet and responsive Pyr. As is usual when testing an unknown Great Pyrenees with livestock, I introduced him on a leash to the sheep, walked him around the perimeter of the paddocks, and put him in a 6'chain link pen in between the two groups of sheep for the night. He seemed to be calm with the sheep so I was hopeful. The next morning I went up to the barn to find Holden loose in the barnyard. He had completely ripped loose one side of the pen, made a huge hole to escape and then climbed over the paddock fence, bending it down. (To be continued)