Welcome to
Whispering Aspen Ridge
and
Our Maremma Livestock Guardians
(Maremma Abbruzze)

  
  We are located in the heart of Saskatchewan Canada. The closest big center to us is Humboldt, but we are closer to the village of Annaheim. We purchased our acreage in 2016 and it has become our home. We have acquired a number of animals that include our horses, dairy goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, Dexter Cows and soon we will be adding pigs.

  We wanted protection for our livestock from the many predators that roam the area which include but is not limited to wolves, coyotes, cougars, foxes, skunks, and raccoons and the Maremma was the best suited Livestock Guardian Dog for us.
 
  The Maremma is a friendly and well-balanced flock guardian. They are sober and dignified, loyal, brave and determined dogs and make an excellent guardian without being a constant barker. They are affectionate, but not dependent. The Maremma was bred and trained to be thinkers and they fallow their natural instincts when it comes to guarding.  They will not easily follow your every command submissively, but with calm, firm, confident and consistent leadership toward the dog, they will listen. They are very intelligent and training requires a level of mutual respect in handling and the tone of your voice. They get along with other dogs and pets very well. They can be slightly reserved with strangers but not always and people who are not welcome on your property will be stopped in their tracks.

  The Maremma is a little smaller than its fellow flock guardians but has comparable endurance and strength. They are alert and guard their flock with dedication and have control over their pasture. Maremmas have a much smaller roaming area than other guardian breeds and they are more content to stay with their flock. These dogs will defend their flock or house and master with their life, and they are very attentive to children. The Maremma is a marvelous sheepdog and loves its work. It is a terrible enemy of the wolf and other predators but is loyal and loves attention from its human partner. They are held in high esteem by shepherds, especially in the mountains where they thrive in the snow and are resistant to both cold and brambles.

  Our search for a Maremma led us to RLT Farms in Spirit River Alberta and we purchased our first two Maremma female pups. RLT farms imported both of their sir and Dam from Italy. We are very happy with these two girls and in the spring of 2017 we decided to add a breeding male and that search led us to Peavine Hollow Farms in Virginia, U.S. and we had him imported to Canada at the tender age of eight weeks. He is a fourth Generation male from their breeding program and one of their last as they have retired. To date, we have not lost any animals to predators. 

  This spring we had our first two litters of pups, both of which were born in the pasture with the sheep and goats. The mothers are relaxed and have no problem with their pups being around the livestock, and Nicolo, our male has matured and relaxed so much since the puppies have arrived and he is very good at training them.
 
  We agree with and follow the European standard of the breed and our females will only have one litter per year and we did not breed until the girls were two years old. We are still getting established and expanding our pastures and livestock herds.
    

Our Maremma Livestock Guardians

Sheena Maria Chevalier

Born  Feb 16. 2016

Fully Registered with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America

Bred By: Lorinda Thome of RLT Farms, SpiritRiver, Alberta, Canada

She has a very sweet personality and loves her cuddle time and has a very laid back personality yet fierce when provoked. She excels with the newborn livestock and is very bonded to the herd in her pasture and protects them with her life. 
She is a full sister to Lexi.

Lexi Anna Starling

Born Feb 16, 2016

Fully Registered with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America

Bred by: Lorinda Thome of RLT Farms, Spirit River, Alberta, Canada

Lexi is a full sister to Sheena and has a very watchful eye and keen personality.
Nothing goes unnoticed. Combine that with her calm and easy temperament with the livestock it makes her an exceptional guardian and she is devoted to the herd she protects and can move her from one pasture to another to look after another herd and she adapts instantly.

Sheena and Lexi's Dam and Sire were both imported to Canada from Italy and there are many champions in their bloodline. You can find them listed on the pedigree page.

Peavine Hollow's Nicolo' Thunder​​

Born May 1, 2017

Fully Registered with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America

Bred by; Kristina Lawwill of Peavine Hollow Farms, Free Union, Virginia U.S.

We imported Nicolo' to Canada when he was eight weeks old. He is one of Peavine Hollow Farms fourth generation Maremmas and one of their last as they have retired.
When we got him he started his training under both Lexi and Sheena and finished under Lexi. Today he switches back and forth between pastures and works well with either of the females. He has proven to be an asset to the livestock he guards and they rely on him. Now that he has puppies of his own he has matured very fast and is doing an awesome job of training the pups.

Whispering Aspen Ridges Copper Penny

Born June 13, 2018

Fully Registered with the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America

Bred by; Donna Walby-Lizee @ Whispering Aspen Ridge

Penny's Dam is Sheena Maria Chevalier and Sir is Peavine Hollow's Nicolo' Thunder
Penny will be staying with us as a special tribute to my Mother, Mary Crook, who spent her last year living with us here at Whispering Aspen Ridge.

 "a Penny from Heaven That an Angel sent to me" 

Video of Sheena and her Babies

having more than one LGD in large predator areas is vital. 
A single dog cannot be expected to successfully confront a pack of wolves, or even a pack of coyotes, nor bears and mountain lions. 
A one-on-one confrontation brings a high probability of injury to a single dog. Throw in one additional predator and the dog is out-numbered - throw in a pack, and the dog has no chance. 
In large predator areas, 2 or more 
LGDs (depending on the number and composition of the predator load) are recommended. 
Some people make the mistake of thinking one dog is all they need to protect their livestock - while this may be true if the predators are smaller or few (the occasional coyote or fox, etc), it is not the case when dealing with larger predators, especially a group of large predators.