The yard animals
There are 2 dogs living on the ranch at the moment. Louvic and Alex Louvic is an adult Australian shepherd mix, who circles around the herd or brings the cow back to the herd. He appears rather lazy in the summer, but if you had that heavy coat to carry around when it's warm, you'd hide in the shade too! Alex is the son of Louvic, who belongs to the Grandgirls, but they rarely have a property large enough to properly exercise a dog of this sort. I think Alex would also like to be a circle dog but he has not had the training his dad received. Both these dogs love to work and always join us when we go out, because we might be going to chase cows. Louvic and Alex like to play with a stick and they LOVE cuddles. They will not lick you because they know that is forbidden.
Shotzi, in the picture above, is the mother of Alex, unfortunately she had to be laid to rest in 2019 because of her disabilities.
The chickens who live at Winning Ways have their own chicken house (not pictured). Since the chicken house is in one of the sheep pens, volunteers and others going to pick up eggs, frequently have to defend the egg pail in their hand from marauding sheep. The chickens run free in the summer but stay in their house during the cold winter months.
The pot-bellied pig
Wilbur is a much happier piggy in the summer when he has a big outdoor pen to roam in and root up. In the winter he has to live in the barn in a small pen with lots of straw to keep warm. He loves to be fed green plants and occasionally allows people to scratch his bristly hide.
The llama, Haley, is a pet but also a guard for the sheep. She has lived on the ranch for many years, all of her family is now gone and we will have to find another llama to keep her company. Originally the llamas stayed with the cows but some of the old cows with horns objected to them so now she lives around the yard. Haley gets used for lessons to teach children how to handle and lead a llama. Haley has traveled to many different places when Winning Ways has held Petting Zoos. If she is not sure she wants to be led she will go 'cush' (sit down) and then we have to pick her up to get her to move!
There are 4 ewes at Winning Ways and we hope that since they have been with Ramses most of the winter, they will be mommas in the spring. Krafty, the slightly lighter coloured one, is the older ewe who has had several lambs before. Shelia (brown/black) is a couple of years younger and has had two sets of twins. There are two of Shelia's daughters to lamb for the first time in the spring of 2020.
The ranch has 3 barn cats of different ages and colours who live outside all year long and keep the yard mouse-free and clean up table scraps. There are also 2 kittens who joined the menagerie at Winning Ways in the fall of 2019 as little balls of fluff. They are now big enough to roam the ranch although they will tell you they are inside cats. Two cats are allowed in the house, one is black and white and called Princess Gwendolyn (nicknamed Gwen). Gwen is suspicious but can be very cuddly, occasionally mischievous & sometimes just 'cat-like'. Odi is also allowed inside.
There is only one bunny left who lives in either the winter hutch or the more open summer pen. In the photo they were at a petting zoo where folks could touch them and pick them up.The white one is the only remaining one.