When we told our parents that we were entering into this enterprise all of them asked, at separate times, “Are you really going to do this all by yourselves? Will you have employees?” The answer, we hope, is that we will be able to operate the farm basically by ourselves except for needing help with certain tasks at specific times of the year. That being said, when we move to the farm we will need to hire one employee as soon as the first animals arrive. We will need a guard dog. Guard dogs stay up all night and keep wild animals from eating our domestic animals. Now you might be thinking to yourself, don’t you have two dogs already? Yes. You are exactly right. We have two dogs, but they are amateurs. Our dogs are like the high school dropouts of the dog world. They’re social, popular, the life of the party, but they have no specific skills. Well, Bailey has one, if you count obsessive-compulsive ball retrieval. Scooter on the other hand, has nothing. In terms of training, Scooter responds well to only three phrases, “Are you hungry?” “Do you want to feed the fish?” and “Do you want to go outside?” For the most part he also responds to his name, although lately he prefers the name Buddy. I’m hoping it’s just a stage. I know when my brother was 7 he wanted to be called Domenic. That eventually went away. So with their narrow skill set, Scooter and Bailey are not in contention for the available position of guard dog. We’ll be hiring a dog, and his name will be Shep. From what I hear guard dogs are fierce. They are very dedicated to their jobs and they are not love-dovey, therefore, Shep will be living outside. Hopefully Shep will not eat Scooter and Bailey.