February was International Hoof Care Month! Cheetahs don't have hoofs you say? That is correct, but CCF also cares for goats, sheep, and cattle and provides training for farmers. Proper hoof care is very important in keeping unwanted predators at bay. Luckily, we have our Livestock Guarding Dogs to help protect them and other animals! Limping animals - goats, sheep, and cattle - lag behind and can be the weaker animals that become tempting prey for predators. Also, if these animals are limping behind the herd, trying to keep up, they are not able to eat as much and then they become thin and unhealthy. To keep our goats healthy, our dairy goats also get to enjoy a tasty afternoon snack while getting rid of any unwanted intestinal parasites. Using Hoegger Supply Company’s Herbal Dewormer powder, we were able to combine it with molasses to create bite sized treats they come running for. Intestinal parasites are a common problem in many livestock animals all around the world and by feeding an all-natural dewormer once a week, CCF keeps their parasite loads to a minimal. Healthy goats are happy goats!
In other Livestock Guarding Dog news, Happy Belated Birthday to our Kangal sisters, Kiri and Karibib, who were born on 10 February 2010! Both of these females are originally from Germany, but were brought to Namibia to work on a farm protecting livestock. A few years later, the farmer no longer needed the two dogs, as he sold his livestock, and asked if CCF would like them. Now, both the dogs are part of CCF's Livestock Guarding Dog Programme, which provides Namibian farmers with training in predator friendly livestock management and with puppies to help protect their livestock from predators. In return, less predators are killed and the farmers profit from the reduction in their livestock losses. Karibib also acts as an outreach ambassador and is used to teach people about our LSGD program. We hope you enjoy the picture below of Kiri on her big day!
If you want to help CCF keep cheetahs and other predators away from local farmer's livestock please consider please help sponsor our Livestock Guarding Dogs!
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On 3 October, We had 11 new puppies at CCF! Karabib, our ambassador guarding dog, gave birth to 11 healthy pups and all are doing very well and are approximately 9 weeks old! These puppies although young are already living in the kraal with the mom and have the sheep and goats nearby to learn the ropes of guarding livestock to save wild cheetahs.
At about 9 weeks old they will head out to their new farms where they will start their new lives as Livestock Guarding Dogs. These dogs play an important part in the protection of the wild cheetah and other predators - as they help to reduce human wildlife conflict.
Over the weekend, a few dogs were sent to Tanzania to help farmers in need of guarding dogs! We have had many beautiful litters of puppies this year and look forward to more healthy puppies in the future in order to continue to fill the need of African farmers and protect the cheetahs.
On behalf of all of the dogs and cats at CCF, Thank you!
On 23 July, Penda gave birth to seven healthy puppies; three girls and four boys. Penda is a Mongreltolian, which means she is a mix between an Anatolian Shepherd and a mongrel. A large breed dog can be quite expensive to care for, so CCF has merged this mix to provide farmers with protection for their livestock, in turn protecting the cheetah and other predators, but to also allow the farmers to more efficiently take care of their dogs.
The instinct to guard livestock is naturally in the Anatolian and Kangal breeds and these mongreltolians still prove to be just as effective. They have the need to work, the threatening bark, and the determination to protect their livestock. These seven puppies are bound to go to their new farmers and provide excellent protection for their future herd.
Like our last litter, these puppies will stay at CCF until they are 9 weeks old, when the farmers will come to pick them up and take them to their new jobs. The puppies are placed with young livestock at 4 weeks of age to begin the bonding process and they continue this bonding when they arrive at their new farms. CCF conducts visits to the farms at 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and annually thereafter to check on the progress of the puppies as well as their health.
Thank you for your continued support of our Livestock Guarding Dog Programme!
On Easter Day, CCF received a special delivery: 10 healthy puppies born to our Kangal Kiri! She delivered 5 males and 5 females. The lucky father to this litter is our Kangal, Firat. These little pups will grow up to become a crucial part in saving the wild cheetah. Each puppy will go to a farm where farmers are interested in and are pursuing predator friendly management of their livestock. Through this program farmers have seen 80-100% of their livestock losses eliminated. This is a big step in the right direction of having people live in harmony with predators.
The puppies will stay at CCF until they are 9 weeks old, when the farmers will come to pick them up and take them to their new jobs. The puppies are placed with young livestock at 4 weeks of age to begin the bonding process and they continue this bonding when they arrive at their new farms. CCF conducts visits to the farms at 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and annually thereafter to check on the progress of the puppies as well as their health.
These puppies have large paw prints to fill but with their mother’s determination and father’s strength there is no doubt that these puppies will succeed in the fight to save the wild cheetah.
We would like you to meet Lucky! This sweet well-maintained boy was a working dog on a resettled farm where he loved watching over his goats and sheep. Unfortunately, when his herder, livestock, and him were crossing a road, he was hit by a truck. This was not due to negligence of the herder but was just an accident, and thankfully the herder got him to the veterinarian as soon as possible. He sustained quite a few severe injuries and was taken to a veterinarian clinic in Otjwarongo and then transferred to a clinic in Windhoek. In Windhoek he had to receive surgery to have his femoral head removed on his left side. Both his front and back right legs were broken in the accident, so those were splinted as well.
Despite these injuries, Lucky has been a real trooper and has been walking better than we expected. He is very patient with all his bandage changes, which must be changed daily. The clinic team and numerous volunteers/interns are always happy to give Lucky a short walk to help him gain some muscle strength back in his legs and so he can relieve himself. You can normally find him out in the office relaxing on his mattress pad with volunteers, staff, and interns working close by. He has been receiving a lot of tender love and care while he recovers and due to his young age (7-8 months) he is very resilient.
Lucky’s recovery will take many months, but here at CCF we have high hopes for him, and will of course keep you updated on his progress.
Thank you for your support of our Livestock Guarding Dog Program. Your donation allows us to help Lucky and other dogs like him receive the care they need.
P.S. Dr. Marker will be on tour this spring. She would love to see you! Please check our website for updates on her schedule. http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=event_and_tour_news
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