Meet Moses

When we learned John would be managing Briarmoore, we agreed it might be handy to have a canine helper for the farm. But really, who needs an excuse to get a puppy?! John had been hearing good things about Blue Heelers, so we looked into the breed ourselves. Also known as an Australian Heeler or Australian Cattle dog, the Blue Heeler is a loyal, hardworking, herding breed. They are intelligent and love to work. We found a local couple with a Blue Heeler momma and Red Heeler sire and immediately fell in love with the puppies. The kids were not difficult to convince and we soon found ourselves toting home a puppy. A good shepherd needs a good name and “Moses” seemed just about perfect.


While he is an outside dog, occasionally I’ll let him in he’ll find his way in and end up on the sofa all curled up.


He knows just when to smile for the camera.


It is true that Heelers (and other working/herding dogs) behave best when they have a job to do. He gets into mischief and behaves like a toddler (he is only two) when left to his own devices. While we intended to utilize his herding instincts with the cattle, Moses has proven to be quite an asset with the broiler chickens. Every morning when we move the chicken tractors, his job is to keep the chickens toward the front of the tractor so we do not run over them. (also note the graze lines left from the chickens–pretty impressive)

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About Tammy Pedersen

Tammy is married to John Pedersen, manager of Briarmoore and Grass Stain Tour extraordinaire. She is blessed to be able to stay at home with her three children. When not busy with farming and homeschool, Tammy can be found with knitting needles or crochet hook in hand, reading or writing. Someday she hopes to combine her love of travel with mission work.
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2 Responses to Meet Moses

  1. susan says:

    We also have a blue heeler-Toby, a 5 month old full of energy pup. He also likes helping with chores, especially our pastured broilers. He likes to sneak feed out of the feed bin! But I don’t let him run near the birds, but does like to carry the water buckets back after I’ve emptied them into the 5 gallon bucket. After Saturday not sure what chores he’ll help me with- we’re processing birds. And I haven’t let him near the pigs cause of the electric fence. Hopefully getting some beef calves in the spring. He also sleeps on our bed and is a wonderful playmate for my grandson.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Great video and great story about your heeler!
    Incredibly intelligent and protective companions.
    A nice reminder of down under while I”m here in the US 🙂