Rafter O at Cordova Creek


Mini Nubian Goats                           Canyon Lake, Texas

 Zeke, our male,  joins us from Coonridge in Pie Town, New Mexico!

Maremma LGD

Zoe joins us from Bella Vita Ranch in Castle Rock, CO. 

  The Maremma Sheepdog, in Italian Cane da pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese, usually referred to as just Maremmano, is a breed of livestock guardian dog indigenous to central Italy, particularly to Abruzzo and the Maremma region of Tuscany and Lazio. It has been used for centuries by Italian shepherds to guard sheep from wolves. The literal English translation of the name is "The dog of the shepherds of the Maremma and Abruzzese region". The English name of the breed derives from that of the Maremma marshlands, where until recently shepherds, dogs and hundreds of thousands of sheep over-wintered, and where the breed is today abundant although sheep-farming has decreased substantially. The breed is widely employed in Abruzzo, where sheep herding remains vital to the rural economy and the wolf remains an active and protected predator.

   For more information on this dog breed, visit the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America.