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January 4, 2012

TT w/Linky: 10 Pound Cow Dog

This week for 'Thankful Thursday' I am absolutely grateful for my little 10 pound cow dog, Chloe.

Okay, so she's a fluffy Maltese/Shi Tzu, but when you've been raised on a dairy farm from the young age of eight weeks, the 'cow dog' attitude just becomes who you are. 

Chloe doesn't know any different.  And I'm totally fine that my little fluffy 'lap dog' thinks she's a cow dog, especially in this instance ~

Just a couple of mornings ago as I'm carting a load of laundry to the laundry room I glance out the back window, only to see a herd of heifers in the back yard.  When cows are in the yard, everything is dropped immediately.  All I could think of was, how long have they been out there and are there now potholes the size of Texas in my lawn.

Chloe and I venture out to see if we could corral these girls on our own.  To the side of the house, near the pasture gate, who is the first bovine I see?  Our new resident bull, Napoleon....small but tuff {and scary to me}.

He, of course takes one look at me, sensing my fear or something and comes right over.  I know never to turn my back on a bull, especially a Holstein bull.  This is where Chloe jumps into action.  She senses my fear and totally takes care of the entire situation.

She goes after the bull.....Oh yes she does!

Turns him around

and moves him back through the gate to the pasture.

My freshly groomed, pink bowed, 10 pound, cow dog Chloe saves me on this day.

Chloe, you are even more cherished on this Thankful Thursday.

Link up with anything you’re thankful for! And if you’re not a blogger, just let us know in the comment section what you happen to be thankful for on this day.

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TexWisGirl said...

little dog w/ big attitude gets the job done!!! yay!!!

ellie k said...

we had a poodle 7 lbs and he thought he was a cow dog too, the cows were afraid of him and he thought he was the biggest dog on the farm. just a few yaps at the cows and he had them moving, I was afraid they would turn on him but never did.

Anonymous said...

Do you always take your camera everywhere you go? Even to chase cows off your lawn.

Nancy-The Wife of a Dairyman said...

@Anonymous, I DO try to take my camera everywhere...i have three, so I typically I have one on me at all times :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

What happened next? I am desperate to know!

maryelizabethroche said...

Our Maltese is the king of our jungle!

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Weaver, well, Chloe then moved 15 more heifers back into the pasture and the other 10 moved behind the fence in our back yard, away from the lawn where they waited for Dominic to show up and move them ....nothing too much more exciting :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Three cheers for Chloe--A big dog in a little dog suit!!! I didn't know that about bulls, I will remember that--THANKS!!!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

hahahha. Chloe rocks!

Pat Tillett said...

It sure sounds like she earns her keep! What's the saying? "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the cow in the dog!" Oh, I guess not!