The video says it all; it's one of my favorites.
This is why I can easily cut twine and roll a round bale of hay down the hill without being mobbed by hungry cattle. I feel safe instead of nervous.
You'll see a few try and sneak in for an early snack, and Tessa quickly put an end to it. The final pan shows a nice arc of clearance...no cows close to where Tessa lies.
60 cows and 2 herd bulls stand back and patiently wait for me to get the bale ready. (Well, they don't wait for me to finish, they wait for me to call Tessa back. :-)
It's these small tasks that I hope to never take for granted. When we lost Rancher, I realized how many things like this the dogs help with every day.
My wife and I are happy to be a part of the family farm. I've always enjoyed the loyalty and companionship from good dogs and have taken up the training of herding dogs the past few years. I learn so much from the Australian Shepherds I've been with, and hope they enjoy their time with us as much as we love them.