One Dog or Two – A Case Study

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by Cindy Benson     April 2016
 
This is a question that comes up almost every time I sell a dog. Most people don’t want to take on the cost and responsibility of a second dog, and in fact many would not purchase a dog at all were it not for the threat of losses to predators. This …

Guarding Unconventional Livestock

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Stoneybrook’s Milan
by Cindy Benson – 2016
 
Benson Ranch is 360 acres of open fields and wooded areas, including fifteen pastures of varying sizes. One side of the property borders BLM land so we are in mountain lion country and had losses to them prior to the arrival of our incredible dogs. There are currently fourteen Maremmas …

Acclimating Your New Benson Ranch Maremma

This article was written for the buyers of Santi (seven month old intact male) and Sancia (one year old spayed female). The buyers have two young boys, and a baby, goats and chickens. My pair of dogs was sold bonded to two young Miniature Donkeys that were born here. Although the article is specific to …

Guarding Deer

written by Cindy Benson    June 2016
 
Over the past couple of years I have had the privilege of living with quite a few Maremma pups as I searched for the breeding dogs I had in mind. Thankfully, that search is nearing an end as I think I have found what I was looking for. It has …

Santi and Sancia Follow-up

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Many potential buyers of Maremmas feel they need to begin with pups, or actually often just one pup, for the relationship to go well. I disagree, at least in the case of starting out with young dogs I have raised. I sometimes have started young dogs available. I almost always place them as pairs, and …

Tying Your Donkey – A Great Training Tool!

by Cindy Benson – 2016

In my opinion, teaching a donkey to quietly stand tied is one of the most valuable – and underappreciated – skills you can teach a donkey. It is amazing to me how many things a donkey seems to learn just by being tied to a fence. This crosses over into so …

Caring For Your Benson Ranch Weanlings

written by Cindy Benson – 2016
 
ITEMS YOU WILL NEED PRIOR TO YOUR NEW DONKEY’S ARRIVAL
 
low water trough or bucket
1-2 low feeders or tubs for hay ( Rubbermaid 2’x3′ tubs work well, as do sheep bunk feeders)
trace mineral (selenium) salt block – a brick sized one is fine – put it in the hay feeder
bucket sized …

Setting a Young Jack Up For Success

written by
Cindy Benson 2016
 
A mature jack is a hyper-vigilant, territorial, and somewhat feral animal when compared to a stallion. Setting him up in an emotionally enriching environment will increase the quality of his life, and make him easier to handle. Jacks can be such a joy. My jacks have always been my favorites. They test …

Legend’s New Life – Gelding an Aged Jack

written by
Cindy Benson – January 2016
 
Circle C Legend had a spectacular career as a herd sire, and at the tender age of eighteen years old he became a gelding. So began a new chapter in his life. After many years of service to Sharon Cooke in Canada, and then to me here at Benson …

Raineys Community Service

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This is me, Cindy, with Centurion and one of the wonderful Raineys employees. They were great all day in helping me socialize the pups in a positive way. Thank you!
 
On August 22, 2015 Benson Ranch and friends had the privilege of being part of a local community service event. A good time was had by …