Friday, May 17, 2019

Maxwell revisited...



Because I have recently watched another amazing dog work (the link to her video is at the bottom) in much the same way Max worked, I'm re-posting this from June of 2010.

 

The best cow dog around passed away recently, after being our sidekick for many years.  Maxwell The Wonder Cow Dog was a Border Collie, McNab cross that was given to me as a yearling. Cute as could be with his black and white coat, one blue eye and one blue/brown eye.


He had had no training on working cattle, but was schooled on basic commands.  
Everyone he met loved him, as he was ever the gentleman.  After he got the hang of working cattle he was amazing to watch.  He could handle just about anything.  
One time, moving cattle from one large pasture to another, with the gate on top of a knoll, the Cowman sent Max to gather the pasture, push the cattle up the hill, thru the gate, and turn them in the right direction.  Not an easy task for anyone, let alone one dog. As the Cowman was watching Max, and giving commands, up drives a fellow. 
"I've been watching your dog work for a while, would you be interested in selling him?"
The Cowman had been down this road before with people, "Well I couldn't take less than $5,000 for him" thinking this would end it.  The guy never batted an eye, and asked what form, cash or check, the Cowman wanted the payment in. 
The Cowman replied, "You know by watching him that dog is worth any three cowboys, so I don't think I will be interested in ever selling him."
The guy said, "Here's my name and number, if you ever change your mind give me a call, he's a Great Dog."
He was a Great Dog, he greeted you with gentleness and a wagging tail, he loved to work cattle in the pastures or the corrals, he could fetch and look after grand babies, he was a constant companion, he could make you laugh with his cow skiing trick, and a thousand other things. 

Gentle, wonderful Max, I miss you dearly.


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Here is:
"Gathering Yearlings with Dagley's Annie"

https://youtu.be/pKR5TXifakU

19 comments:

  1. In my early teens we decided on a border collie. Looking into the create with five squirming pups, one caught my eye. We took him home and named him "Sport". He was a wonder working horses. We only had a few bucket calves bought from local diary operations that didn't keep bull calves so he didn't have much practice but did ok. Likewise with the few sheep we kept around. He was a joy to have around and our young cousins looked forward to visiting us so they could play with Sporty Dog.

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    1. WSF, Thanks for sharing the memory of "Sport". He sounds like a great dog.

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  2. Max was a great dog. I know you miss him everyday. Can you believe Jack is almost 16? I know our time together is getting short. We enjoy him so much. I will be very sad when he leaves us.

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    1. CiNdEe, I do miss him, and Gus! I'm happy that Jack is still around. He's been such a character and a treasure.

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    1. Changes, No worries, I feel blessed to have had him for a compadre.

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  4. There is always that 'one' dog in our lives... Glad you had yours!

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    1. Well, when the conditions were right, think wet grass or soupy wet corrals, Max would grab the tail of a cow, causing her to run, while he rared back and let the cow pull him through the grass or slop. He wasn't biting hard enough to hurt the cow and he loved it.

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  6. Over the years, I've had some great dogs up here on this mountain. Almost without exception, they came up the Jeep trail after being dumped off by people who didn't want them anymore. I couldn't live up here without dogs, the woods close in around the buildings too close to be without them. We have bears, huge wild hogs, bobcats, mountain lions, red wolves, etc. I'm glad to share their forest with them, but I don't want to walk up on them unexpectedly. Without the dogs, that would happen.

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    1. Harry, Some of our best dogs came to us in the same way. We've had dogs all along, and they have saved our bacon more than once.
      My daughter has a whole pack, everything from a wiener to a St Bernard. LOL
      Sounds like they are a necessity where you are.

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    2. I also had Katie, a little scotty, who was death on rattlesnakes. She never bothered any other snake or critter, but rattlesnakes she was good at. Her bark would change when it was a rattler, and she would pop them til they were dead dead and then walk away.

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  7. I've never had a dog, and certainly never have needed one for any of the practical reasons mentioned here. But there's nothing like watching a good dog work. Here, it's the duck hunters who love their dogs, tell stories about them, and envy the really, really good ones. But with SCOTTtheBADGER, I do have to ask: cow skiing?

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    1. That video is nearly unbelievable. How long does it take a dog to recover after something like that? Are they trained, or is it innate? Does a dog ever just get tired and stop in the middle of herding. To say I'm impressed is putting it mildly. That drone view really brings home what's happening. Amazing.

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    2. shore, Our best dogs have had it bred into them. With just a little training on basic commands, they know what to do, and are the type that need a job, whether it be herding chickens, grandkids, or livestock...
      re: cow skiing... see the answer above in comments to SCOTTtheBADGER. Wish I had photos of Max doing that, he so enjoyed it.

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