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Before going to bed last night, I set six mousetraps in six plant pots, with napkins laid over the traps.
And what did Ms SadieSue do?
She stole all the napkins and chewed them up, and carried several of the traps off the step and down onto the lawn.
But she didn’t dig up the pansies.

Yesterday the boys brought over about nine cattle and unloaded them into the pasture. What would Sadie do? Would she bark at and chase them, or would she accept them as belonging here and, even better, think of them as part of her responsibility to guard her territory?

I leaned on the wooden part of the fence (the rest is an electric wire) as she followed the herd at a distance, occasionally sitting to watch their progress through the long green grass. They turned on her once, rushing as a group toward her, and she retreated.

As usual, I was in and out of the house all afternoon. The next time I stepped out, Duckie was with me and the cattle were approaching the barn. The little shit raced toward them, barking, and so Sadie followed suit, both of them ignoring my calls to stop, and the cattle turned and trotted back out to the pasture.

So we shall see. Occasionally Sadie jumps up and rushes out, making noise, when I first exit the back door. It’s almost as if she’s showing me that she’s doing something, scaring something off. “The Queen approacheth. Make way! Make way!”

ducky and sadie

Mutt and Jeff

We’re hoping, since she looks like some Australian cattle dogs, that she’ll have the instinct to guard the bovine beasties and that the occupation will keep her busy so she’ll be less destructive around the yard. And leave my friggin’ flowers alone.

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10 thoughts on “Morning Report

  1. Well. From the pix you posted I’d say she looks part or all Golden Retreiver. So try throwing Duckie in the direction of the cattle, and yell “fetch” at Sadie.

  2. Marms,
    Ha! She likes to chew on sticks and logs, but fetch them? Never. Unless it’s her own idea, I guess.
    I’ve never seen a golden retriever that looks like Sadie. She’s reddish-brown and white. Golden retrievers are golden, and they’re longer-haired and less fluffy. Sadie sometimes reminds me of a lion, with the mane around her head.
    Then again, there could be golden retrievers that look like her; who knows? When I first searched out images for Australian cattle dogs, many of them didn’t seem remotely like her. Some looked more like blue heelers with the colouring of tortoiseshell cats! Speaking of which, we have one of those in the barn and I think she’s hiding a litter of kittens somewhere.
    -Kate

  3. Two dogs! Yikes!

    On Sun, Jun 11, 2017 at 12:10 PM, Stubblejumpers Café wrote:

    > Stubblejumpers Café posted: “Before going to bed last night, I set six > mousetraps in six plant pots, with napkins laid over the traps. And what > did Ms SadieSue do? She stole all the napkins and chewed them up, and > carried several of the traps off the step and down onto the lawn. But ” >

  4. At least they match. Like furniture. But they have to realize one of them has to work!

    XO
    WWW

  5. Oh I”ve seen those fluffy ones. There are two distinct GR breeds. One much furrier and heavy bodied. And somehow, as can happen, all the fooling around with how they should look breeding seems to have knocked out the fetching genes. They’ll go get it and play with it and when you come out to retreive it, they start running around just out of your reach. One of you has learned how to fetch.

    OT: Here’s an interview made me laugh so much I cried, and knit an awful lot I was so happy to hear this writer:

    http://www.cbc.ca/radio/writersandcompany/nuala-o-faolain-on-going-from-nobody-to-somebody-maybe-1.3741134

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