It is such a joy to me to have so many animals all around us every day, but the ones I enjoy the most are the dogs. As far back as I can remember I have always had dogs around, some I loved more than others, but they were my comrades in play and sorrow.
When I was 17 I bought my first puppy, he came from a Border Collie/Rough Collie mother and a Rough Collie father. The mix is called Highland Working Collie and the intent is to get back the qualities of the original working dogs of the highlands. Laddie came into my life at around the same time as the first of my sheep did and I was hoping to train him to herd them. He would have done great if I had had enough land and sheep to keep him busy, instead he became the best family dog we have ever had. And although he loves to be around people he is attached to me and so we moved him to Oklahoma when Grady and I were married and then out here to Virginia. He has been a great companion for Ralph and loves to follow us around the farm.
The other dog on the farm that I’ve enjoyed having around is Gabe. He is an Akbash/Anatolian Shepherd and is in charge of guarding the poultry. We try our best not to give him too much attention as then he might start guarding us instead of the birds, but he is a very sweet animal, a “gentle giant”, and a pleasure to work with.
What animal do you enjoy the most or would like to have one day?