Archive for February, 2011
AGCO’s Blog contest winner, Kayla, was inspired by AGCO’s recent Farm Dog Contest in writing her February post.
Farm Life Lesson #7: Every good farm needs a good dog
I admit it. There is something about a puppy that gets me every time. And a beautiful dog? He will just melt my heart. AGCO’s Farm Dog Photo contest has had me in puddles! What a great looking group of dogs. It makes me think of our Ranger.
It was a year ago that I went with my Farmer Husband on an equipment run. We were going to pick up a new ATV for the farm. On the way home, we swung by a place that had puppies for sale. Cute, fluffy, adorable golden retriever puppies. We were hooked. Heading home with us was Ranger, a retriever named after our new ATV. Ranger proved true to his name, too. That ATV is his favorite place in the world.
The other night we got home and couldn’t find Ranger. We looked and called for him late into the night. This just wasn’t like him. I attempted to prepare the kids for the worst. Early the next morning, farmer husband went out searching again. There was a group of land surveyors on our fields, and he drove over to ask if they had seen anything. They pointed up ahead to their boss. He was driving an ATV similar to ours. And sure enough, as Farmer Husband pulled up, Ranger’s head popped up from the guy’s floor board. Crazy dog had made himself at home with a new friend.
It made me think about farm dogs. They are our workers. They are our protectors. They guard, herd, help, or maybe just tag along. But most of all, they are our friends. You could see the love in all of the contest photos. It appears “man’s best friend” is especially appreciated out on the farm.
Where is the craziest place you have ever found your farm dog?