Raccoon Forks Farms has puppies

Great news, dog-lovers – Aude and Charlie, the livestock guardian dogs at Raccoon Forks Farms, had puppies, with Aude doing the heavy lifting, of course.

The puppies – three females and four males – arrived on Dec. 14.

These puppies will be for sale at $800.00 each, and they’ll be up to date on their vaccinations and preventive veterinary care. If you’d like to reserve a puppy, we’re taking deposits. The puppies will be ready to move to their forever homes in mid-February.

Aude, Charlie, and their offspring are all purebred Great Pyrenees, and the puppies are AKC-registerable. Great Pyrenees were bred to guard livestock in the mountains of Europe, just as they do for us – we keep Great Pyrenees at our farms to protect chickens and other animals.

In addition to being excellent livestock guardian dogs, Great Pyrenees make wonderful indoor pets. They’re not very active unless they’re actually working, protecting something. Great Pyrenees are intelligent, loyal, friendly and gentle with those they protect. They can also be stubborn. Training is important.

Railroad Bill’s re-opens

Railroad Bill's Dining Car, a new breakfast and lunch diner located in the northeast corner of Des Moines' East Village, is set to re-open on Monday, Dec. 11. After completion of an extensive interior remodel, and comprehensive historic exterior remodel nearing completion, Railroad Bill's has re-opened. Temporary store hours will be 8 am to 1 pm on weekdays. An expanded menu and added hours are expected soon. Stay tuned for details!