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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

    Contact me at becky(dot)farmschool(at)gmail(dot)com

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The newest Farm School pupil

is already very intelligent and well-trained. In fact, probably not much more that I can teach her.

Meet Lady, who is not quite three years old, and who came to live with us last night,

While the kids and I still tear up thinking of our late, much loved Heidi, there was definitely room in our hearts and on the farm for another dog. We didn’t dare hope for another German Shepherd, but when the kids and I went to check the notice board at the vet clinic for animals to give away, lo and behold, there was a sign for a young shepherd, to give away to a good home.

Lady spent the first part of her life with a family who has another, older dog who needs more attention than they could give her with an active young dog around. They were kind enough to let us give Lady a new home and the three young, lively playmates she needs. Also a fan club,

But while Lady is young and lively, she’s also quite calm and quiet. She hasn’t given a thought to running away or barking or jumping up on people, and seems to have taken ownership of the house, yard, and children. We thought it might be wise to keep her tied up overnight, just to get used to her new surroundings. No need. This morning, Daniel woke up brighter and earlier than usual, and discovered Lady where we had left her, in the garden in the shade, but disengaged from the chain. Waiting for someone to come play.

Needless to say, lessons for the three humans here happened outdoors this morning.

10 Responses

  1. She looks like a natural born unschooler!

  2. That is so heart-warming! Everyone wins with a sweetheart like your little Lady. I’m grinning from ear to ear for you all!

  3. Congratulations on finding such a good citizen for a pet! This summer we have promised Owen a dog, and I want to choose from a shelter. I hope we are as lucky!!

  4. Glad to hear you found a new family member that is so good and was obviously well taught. I wish we had some neighbors like that. I get so frustrated with people who want a dog but want none of the work involved, so they have unhappy barker. I often want to let the dogs out to run away and hope they’ll find a new family.

  5. Oh hooray!!!! I don’t know who is luckier – you or the sweet dog!

    Such good news! Not a replacement for Heidi, of course, but a continuance of family pet lineage…

  6. What a happy foursome you have! Congratulations on your newest pupil. The next thing we know, she’ll be barking out poetry and bringing home blue ribbons ;)

  7. Thanks, everyone!

    We have yet to hear Lady bark, though she makes funny noises when she yawns! Though we hear the poor dog, just to the south of us, bark almost constantly during the day. The owners are at work and school all day, so the dog is chained up outdoors the entire time they’re gone.

    Cami, I’ll have to see what she thinks about the poetry!

  8. But how do you know she’s learning anything? And what about socialization?

  9. sc, I’ll have to see about teaching to some kind of doggy test. No dog left behind? (Even if we did leave her behind, she’d just follow, wagging her tail.) And I’m going by that same tail wagging and also the lack of barking to judge socialization. If only we could do the same with our unsocialized, tailless, two-legged kids!

  10. Oh, she’s beautiful! I’m so happy for you and your family.

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