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Puppy meets deer

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So here's the explanation for our silence for a while. We were preparing for and bringing home the puppy, who is now settling in.

9 week labrador puppy

There's not much time left since that, so this is going to be a short update with a few pictures. We're constantly working on getting the two species to ignore each other.

Which deer have started doing first, after initial scare little mischief gave them. They ran away, but kept coming back. Now it mostly seems they're standing their ground, and Dobbie is coming to terms with the neighbors. Some of them barked at him (yes, deer can bark!), others stomped their feet coming up to him, trying to intimidate, still others ran away... But they keep coming back to the house despite the new resident.

puppy meeting deer

Another picture of dog and deer:

dog meets deer first time

buck unhappy about dog

Update 2020-11-22:

Dobbie has been almost the whole month with us (and the deer) and his attitude towards them has improved. There's still an odd bark but a lot of times there's also ignoring grass-munching the weird things in the background. Although, being a pup, he doesn't mind eating some grass here and there and even give a carrot a crunch now and again (tsss, don't tell the deer!)

He's visibly bigger now and almost twice as heavy (10+ kilos, good thing we don't have to come pick him up to take him away from the deer fence every time any more, he comes when called and is much less excited at the sight of the neighbours).

puppy on deer farm

Puppy growing up on deer farm

Here's a video of one of his latest interactions with deer

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