Monday, September 29, 2008

"you driving, or me?"

Smokey and Cait are both mixed-breed herding dogs. Smokey is about five now. He found me about 4 years ago when he was an abandoned, flea bitten, attention starved stray. I often joke I should re-name him Shadow because he follows me everywhere. He is the most loyal and faithful dog ever. He is not though, very good at herding cattle because he is just too laid back and unaggressive. So Mark decided that we needed a new dog and he picked out Cait last March. She is part McNab, part Border Collie and part unknown. Daddy was a traveling man! Here's a photo of when she first arrived at our house. Sweet, small and sleepy!
But she isn't any of those things anymore. She has been renamed Crazy Cait or Clowning Cait! She most reminds us of Tigger from the Winnie the Pooh series. She still is sweetish, but she is HYPER. She barely even stops to eat and she is tall and gangly and very thin. Eric the Bold calls her the Weasel, because she is always slinking around with her long thin nose horizontal to the ground. Slinking around looking for something to herd. Anything that moves is a possibility. Water is one of her favorites. But we have also found all the chickens herded into the cattle chute and she once even herded up 3 mice, and the horses... well, the horses hate her. They see her coming and their ears shoot back and they watch her warily. She constantly works to move them here, then there, then here again. Rylee, the mule, says "NO MORE" and now she chases Cait helter skelter around the barnyard. But still Cait does not lose heart, she only runs away to come back and try again, nipping at her heels and grabbing her tail. "Cait, Come", Cait, Stop", Cait NOOOO", is my new song.


We haven't used her with the cattle much yet. Occasionally, I will help her move a cow from point A to point B, just for fun. But really, I wonder, why do we even need her to herd the cows, since all I have to do is holler and they all come running?!

8 comments:

  1. Great story. I love to watch dogs work cattle or sheep. It's an amazing thing. We got to go to New Zealand two years ago. During that trip we did a farm stay on a sheep farm. It was incredible what those dogs would do for that man with just a whistle or a word.

    Of course, he didn't have you TJ.

    Regards,

    Dan

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  3. What you may not know, Dan, is that with Tj's Portuguese ancestry her hollering has a similar effect on humans. mark

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  4. Fun story, she is a cutie. Maybe she will out grow her hyperness. Cow dogs need all that energy!! LOL!!

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  5. Thanks for the update on Cait. Boy, do you ever listen to the requests of your readers! I am so impressed. Both dogs are such cuties! Maybe she'll settle down a little here in the next couple months. :)

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  6. Michelle and Andrea, We can always hope!

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  7. oh my goodness, she's gotten big. That is one siily and adorable dog.

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  8. No seriously, he herded three mice? I swear that your life is a children's book. And I mean that in the best possible way.

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