We -- Paul and Allison Ward -- moved to Bend, Oregon, in spring 2014 with a dream to start a small farm and to start living a more rural lifestyle. We found a piece of property just north of Bend (close to the great little town of Tumalo) and worked for about a year to get it ready for our animals. We now have a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats, a flock of chickens of various breeds, a beehive, and one small bunny. Inside the house you'll find our Norwegian Elkhounds, Marguerite and Curly, and our cat, Napali.
We are constantly learning new things about raising our goats, chickens, and bees, and we love to have visitors to our farm to share our passion. Our goats are all dam-raised (that is, they nurse naturally instead of being bottle-fed by us), but we are constantly handling them and playing with them from birth. This approach leads to extremely friendly and gentle goats. We love to spend time with them, and they seem to enjoy our company as well! Our chickens are also people-friendly and like to know what you're up to when you're in their coop or outdoor run. They are quite curious birds, and they are especially friendly when you happen to have their favorite treats on hand.
Curious about the origin of our farm name? It pays homage to our love of Norwegian Elkhounds. Elkhound is actually a mistranslation from the Norwegian name for the breed, elghund -- the literal translation is actually moose dog, as Elkhounds are traditionally moose and bear hunters.
Let us know if you'd like to come visit us at Moose Dog Farm!