Thursday, September 12, 2013

Natalie Selman Photo Assignment

            Packs of wild dogs and coyotes are attacking and brutally killing a local farmer’s goats-- Steve Selman of Rome, GA has invested in a guard dog to protect his livestock. Last week Selman traveled to a farm in Alabama to pick up, Bear, the puppy he will raise to keep watch over his herd.
            These coyotes and wild dogs are preying on the innocent goats and Selman is not able to stop every attack on his animals. “Packs of 4 or 5 dogs would attack our baby goats; we were losing 4 babies a month and something had to be done,” Selman states as his reason for driving to Alabama to retrieve this puppy.
            Bear the puppy comes from a long line of protectors. The dog is a mix between an Anatolian Shepherd, a Great Pyrenees and an Akabash. According to the owner of Bear’s parents, all 3 of these breeds grow to be between 130 and 150 lbs. Along with their size they are said to be fearless, protective and bred to guard their master’s flock.
            With all of those traits, Bear is sure to grow into a strong protector of the herd. Selman is hopeful that his new guard dog will keep the baby goats safe from now on.

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