Help Wanted- Farm Dog

THE UNLIKELY APPLICANTS:

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Name– Bumble Bear

Age– 8 years old

Previous Job– Racer.  Spent 23 hours a day for nearly 3 years in a kennel, raced in the meantime. Won 5 races, didn’t finish the rest.  How he won, I’ll never know.  I don’t think he knew he was chasing anything.  He was just running with everyone else.  He runs into the occasional wall, not great coordination, really cute.  Rescued, has lived on this couch ever since.  A bit doofy, but awfully sweet.  A great family dog.

Farm dog– He does like to sit on his lawn chair outside and watch the chickens.  He chases off any intruders; squirrels, cats, coyotes, deer, foxes, raccoons.  If they don’t run, he can’t do much else.  When the terrible tragedy of the evil four year old and his dog occurred (they were in the chicken coop killing chickens), he could not find a vicious bone in his body to frighten them off and proceeded to pout on the couch for 12 hours, too afraid to go back outside.  Since he does want to chase everything away, and all said intruders come by at night, we are up every night to let him out to chase.  He does not have enough fur to stay outside and would be very upset without his couch.  (We cannot have a dog door as we have nine indoor cats.  If you only want cats for two weeks around here, let them out.  Coyotes, foxes, and semis will make quick work of them….no dog door.)

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Name– Windsor Wizzer (never had a great bladder)

Age– Old as dirt (17)

Previous Job– Children’s toy, doll clothes model, companion on long walks.  Retired.  Sleeps on big cushion most of the day.

Farm Dog– Blind and deaf, thinks he is a cat.  Enough said?

So, now you understand my help wanted sign.  Bumble can hold down the fort here because it is a small enough area and I guess I don’t need to sleep through the night.  But on the next homestead, I plan to have more land as well as alpacas, goats, and sheep.  I know that donkeys and llamas make great guard animals, but a farm dog is very nearly a necessity if for nothing else but they complete the quintessential farm view and we like dogs.  I need a dog that can be a family dog and a guard dog and not eat small children.  A furry kid that can sleep in the mud room with a dog door so that they can scare off fuzzy intruders without getting me up.  Assuming we stay in Colorado that means he/she has to have enough fur and warmth to withstand single digit temperatures as well as high 90’s in the summer.  They should not under any circumstances eat the chickens and they should not be a runner (Huskies are out).  They should be a herding dog so to help me with moving animals.  But not so bored that they nip at my heels all day.  With those requirements in mind, does anyone have any ideas about what breeds we should look at?  I would rather rescue and feel like we need to get a puppy in order to get them used to all the animals already here.  Your input is most welcome….