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Sunday, April 30 2017

     "Why can't you wait for one dog to die before you get another one?"

Because when one dog dies it's already two years too late.

     The difference between working dog folks and pet dog folks is that working dog people know that if you aren't already training another dog to take the reins from your primary work dog, then you are two years behind.

     There is a big difference between working dog homes and pet dog homes. A pet dog home can enjoy the luxury of raising up a puppy without worrying about whether or not that pup will be ready for a job, whereas a working dog home knows that one freak accident can sideline or even kill your best employee and you are left in the pasture with a bucket of feed screaming at livestock who know you can't make them do anything.

     While our dogs enjoy the lives of pets, (living in the house, riding in the cab of the truck, getting their own ice cream cone at Dairy Queen) they are still primarily working dogs. I would wager that we spend more quality time with each of our dogs than the average person spends with the one or two dogs they keep as pets, and I think that's the part people don't understand about having working dogs. They take a lot of time. They are a lifestyle.

Meet Wyatt.

     Wyatt is the next generation of cowdog around here. His parents are working trial dogs. His sire is from cowdog lines. His dam is from sheepdog lines. Wyatt is bred to work. MoonPossum already loves him. She thinks he's the neatest toy she's ever seen.  Everyone else takes him in stride. In a multi-dog household like ours they tend to accept new pack members easily.  As long as there is enough love, kibble, and stuffed animals to go around, life is good.

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 07:34 pm   |  Permalink   |  7 Comments  |  Email
💞 Wyatt!! Where in the world did he come from, here in Texas, or someplace else?
Posted by Robin on 04/30/2017 - 10:02 PM
He is an adorable new employee!
Posted by Erika Hayes on 05/01/2017 - 04:48 AM
Welcome home Wyatt!
Posted by Wendy Pinckney on 05/01/2017 - 05:58 AM
Yes Robin, he came from Texas. :)
Posted by Forensicfarmgirl on 05/01/2017 - 04:35 PM
I raise and rescue (when I can) LGDs and here is what I tell folks when they ask why have two LGDs on a small farm. I call it "continuity of protection" when it comes to LGDs. You always have at least 2. One older, one younger. The older one mentors the younger one then when the older one (the Master) gets near retirement, you bring in a new "apprentice, the former "Student" becomes the master and life goes on. The old one is now asleep on your porch or couch and there are a pair in the field protecting your stock.
Posted by Randy Carpadus on 05/02/2017 - 07:18 PM
Wyatt is adorable! Write lots of posts about him. I love the ones featuring the border collies.
Posted by Elissa on 05/05/2017 - 07:41 PM
GROAN... I've been suffering from puppyitis for a while now.
Posted by Patty on 05/07/2017 - 08:25 PM

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