Fata: A nip at the heels

Behind every good shepherd, there’s a good sheepdog.  Or in front.  Or somewhere around here.

But she’s usually front and center, especially in our daily photos.

Meet Fata, our fedele Maremmana, Maremma sheepdog.  If you’ve ever spent time in the Italian countryside, you’re sure to have seen one of these striking white beasts.  If you didn’t see one, you most certainly heard them bark.

Considered an autochthonous dog breed to the Italian penisola, the Maremmana, also known as Abruzzese, is renown through the ages for its mental autonomy and immovable demeanour.  They are great companions to men and other animals which they consider part of their flock.

In fact, this breed is also being used to protect penguins and their nesting grounds on islands near mainland Australia – at risk during low-tides from opportunistic foxes crossing.

So if you ever think about robbing our little penguin babies… think again!

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