RED HOUSE, W.Va. — A 2,500-pound bull named Bandit responds when called in return for a treat.
A calf named Promise is bottle-fed because her mama died when she was born.
Arnold the rooster struts and crows, while Albert the pygmy goat is into everything.
Welcome to Ittle Bitty Farms, a 170-acre tract of rolling land in Putnam County with breathtaking views, a menagerie of animals and a hardworking family.
The farm is home to cows, chickens, pigs, alpacas, horses, cats, dogs, sheep, rabbits and ducks.
Melissa and Larry Lewis and their family tend the farm with intentions of offering the healthiest products possible.
"No chemicals, pesticides or herbicides are used on this farm," Melissa said. "No added hormones, steroids or antibiotics. We do rotational grazing. The cattle graze first. Then the sheep are brought in and then the chickens. We have nine fields. As you can see, our chickens are free range."
Chicken tractors are used to move them from one grassy area to another. They now have about 75 laying chickens and 300 raised for meat.
Those in charge of guarding livestock and chickens from predators are Rosie, a Great Pyrenees, and Dixie, a mixed breed. Culprits include coyotes, raccoons and possums.
Bob the cat is a good mouser.
Melissa describes Ittle Bitty as a Christian family farm providing grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and eggs.
She said the raw milk from the cows is just for their own use because rules are too strict for selling it. The vegetables grown in the garden are canned for the family's use as well. However, they grow and sell herbs.
Melissa and Larry, who married in 1990, were raising a family in a 2,300-square-foot house in St. Albans until 2003 when they found the farmland available for sale in Red House and fell in love with it. They wanted a place where they could become self-sufficient and that had enough land for all five of their children to eventually build homes of their own.