She’s Got Moxie

Actually, she IS Moxie.  She’s a dog – not a terribly good cowdog, but she’s pretty!

Here’s some backstory – all the good stories have backstories.  One year, we had a cow with a calf that needed some extra TLC.  We were in the middle of calving, so we sent the cow and calf down to my grandparents’ place.  Later in the spring, a bull came up lame, so my grandpa put the pair and the bull together while the bull healed.  Note that this was well before our usual breeding season, which was mentioned. 

However, Grandpa was sure that (a.) the bull was too lame to breed a cow, and (b.) the cow was still too close to calving to come into estrus.  Fast forward to the following January, when the very same cow gave birth to twins.  We calve in March.  Guess option (c.) “none of the above” was the right choice!  Moxie the dog was still a pup when those twins were born, and they were her playmates.  To this day, she will not bite or chase a calf.  In fact, she’ll run right past calves in order to chase a cow, which endears her to us so very much!

But, she is very important.  Just ask her.

She is also quite intense about odd things.  Like digging.  For what, no one knows. Probably not even Moxie.

She is VERY intense about water.  Especially irrigation water.  Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of her “helping” to flood irrigate.  Maybe next time I’m at the ranch I can capture this strange phenomenon.  As you can see, even turning a water tank back on after cleaning the pump is very exciting.

Sometimes she is a just a little bit scary…”Whatchu talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?!”

Yours in travel,

The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

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