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Tamara Rousso <[log in to unmask]>
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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 4 May 2013 09:26:52 -0700
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I hope you aren't getting tired of my Jabari brag stories, but it is so wonderful to have such a good helper around the farm. There aren't many people who can appreciate and understand what that means. You kind of have to live the day to day life to really get what a difference a good working dog makes. When you think about it what we expect of a good working dog is so different from a well trained dog. Our days go by without much variation for the most part. Day after day they walk the same path, do the same things, and perform like any other well trained dog. And then, bam! The routine is upset. A different response is needed. A dog with brains to think on their feet. And then you need not a well trained dog, but a working dog. A companion. So thank you to all who let me share my "brags".

What I saw - yesterday afternoon I gave the dogs their chicken feet (I feed raw - this is the afternoon snack). Jabari typically comes to the back door for his, but he wasn't there. I hollered for Kalee (his true owner) and got no response. Looking out the kitchen window I could see Jabari at the front gate on the other side. Ah. He must have gone out with Kalee to let the horse out to graze so I thought. I took the chicken foot out, opened the gate, he came in the yard and took his chicken foot. I left the gate open so he could go back to Kalee if he wanted. A short time later I see Jabari running up from the barn and notice his chicken foot is on the sidewalk! Huh. That is weird. He comes in the yard and goes to eat his foot.

What Kalee told me happened - she was on her way to put her goats back in their pen as they had been out to graze. Jabari heard me looking for him and ran back to the house for his chicken foot. When she got to the barn she was missing two goats. She put the rest away and went looking for the strays. They were found on the other side of the barn fence fighting with the "ol' girls" AKA retired does. They had no interest at all in leaving and going around the fencing back to the front of the barn to their gate. At that point Kalee called Jabari who was back at the house getting his chicken foot. That is why he left his chicken foot on the sidewalk. She said he raced to the barn, barked and charged those two does that were fence fighting, got them on their way, drove them around the barn, helped put them in their pen, and then came running back up the driveway to eat his chicken foot. Such loyalty to his owner and what a work ethic!

For those who don't know Jabari is from Gracehaven. He is mostly rough collie with some ES thrown in. Good dog.

Happy trails,
Tamara

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader, the center of his universe. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." ~Anonymous

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