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For Sale: Working Kelpie Pups

Having a working cowdog is essential to me. They are worth their weight in gold. I joke that having a good pack a dogs is far better than hiring an extra cowboy. I pay them in kibble, never worry about them quitting on me, hitting on me, or questioning me (at least out loud). Having a good working dog is something I need on this ranch.

Kelpie pups that are available

Kelpie pups that are available

Our first Kelpie, Ranchie, retired this year after almost 15 years of stellar cowdogging. She had been a gift to my Dad, and quickly became one of our best dogs in the history of ranch dogs. Before Ranchie, we had Queensland Heelers and Border Collies or a mix of the two. I was a diehard border collie fan for years and years. Until Ranchie, then Boo.

My girl Boo dog. I spend more time with her than any other animal or person.

My girl Boo dog. I spend more time with her than any other animal or person. (photo courtesy of Rob Eves).

Boo was originally meant to replace Ranchie, she was supposed to be my Dad’s dog. But we like to say cowdogs pick their own owners, and Boo picked me. I’ve been her person and she’s been my righthand girl for two years now. This spring I found Boo a boyfriend in hopes of getting a litter out of her. Most people who have met Boo wanted a little copy of her because she is such an amazing little dog. I wanted one too! Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I did, however meet the Martin’s, Tim and Abbey.

You want this pup. Trust me.

You want this pup. Trust me.

Tim and Abbey are seriously cool. We have a lot in common including an intense passion for these dogs. They have an excellent breeding and working pair. Check them out in the video below! Since Boo didn’t get pregnant, I was able to buy a pup from Tim and Abbey. Of course, I didn’t get to keep it. My Dad pointed out that I did get the last dog, so it was his turn for a new working dog. I’m going to give it a few more weeks then I’m totally going to steal her. The animals like me more these days anyway (but shhhhhhh, don’t tell him).

 

Kelpies are perfect for cattlepeople like us because they are tough, smart, have short hair (keeps the stickers out of their coats), they are suited for heat, and they are intensely loyal. I love this breed so very much, it’s all I’ll ever have for the rest of my life. Just like heritage hogs, they need more people to champion them. So I intend to promote this breed as much as I can.

My Dad got a pup and an IN-N-OUT burger on the same day. It's good to be the boss.

My Dad got a pup and an IN-N-OUT burger on the same day. It’s good to be the boss.

If you are a working ranch looking for an excellent pup to start, buy one of these pups. Trust me, this will be the best dog you’ll ever have the pleasure of working with. I will personally vouch for these dogs because we are now the proud owner of 3 different kelpies! I’d love to see these dogs become more widespread. Right now, it is challenging to find good pups.

Phee the new ranch dog, already trying to work!

Phee the new ranch dog, already trying to work!

 

The ad below is from Tim, he is selling the littermate to Phee the wonder pup. Again, I cannot stress enough how good these dogs are. Get one.

Quality Kelpie pups for sale, both parents pure breed and used daily. Father of pups registered in N.S.W Kelpie stud book of Australia. Trial or the ranch these pups have proven to be top hands and very trainable, they make a great transition on cattle to sheep and very willing to get a job done. 2 females, 3 males $600 a pup all Black and Tan. Call (530) 945-3403

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Ranch Went Swimming 

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Wordless Wednesday: Felfies in Fields 

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Wordless Wednesday: Boo’s View

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Wordless Wednesday: Boo the Cowdog

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Introducing Boo the Cowdog

Working dogs are essential to our way of life. Unfortunately, we lost one of our girls this winter and another needs to be retired soon. It’s not easy for us or the dog when it’s time for them to slow down or retire. The dog’s live to work, their greatest joy is just going. We usually end up spending more time with our dogs than we do any other person or animal. Our dogs are more than pets, they are our coworkers, our protectors, our companions and a part of our family.

The day I brought her home. Deceptively innocent looking, isn't she?

The day I brought her home. Deceptively innocent looking, isn’t she?

We often joke that a good cowdog is worth two good cowboys or one cowgirl!

By the third day she was home, she was already throwing parties in my house.

By the third day she was home, she was already throwing parties in my house.

We’ve known it was time for another pup for a while. I’ve been looking for the perfect pup to replace my Dad’s soon to be retired dog, Ranchie, for about a year. I paraded adorable puppy picture after puppy picture in front of my Dad, hoping he would be interested in one. My Aunt even brought one of her red queensland pups over around Christmastime, but to no avail. My Dad had a specific pup in mind, and after a year I finally found her.

She quickly won us over with her inquisitive nature.

She quickly won us over with her inquisitive nature and puppy breath.

 

Seriously though, those kelpie ears!

Seriously though, those kelpie ears!

My friend, Mindi, has a dog named Lady, that looks an awful lot like my Dad’s dog, Ranchie. I asked Mindi if she knew of anyone that had some good working pups, that looked like Lady, looking for homes. As fate would have it she did, and I immediately sent an e-mail inquiring about female pups. Mindi’s neighbor, June, e-mailed me right back. Turned out she had one female kelpie pup left. Fate. She sent me a picture of the pup. I walked over to my Dad’s house and flashed him the picture of the cutest little kelpie pup, I’d ever seen. Dad agreed. I found his new dog.

Her first day seeing cows. She did so good!

Her first day seeing cows. She did so good!

After her first day of following me working on the ranch. Tired pup!

After her first day of following me working on the ranch. Tired pup!

A few weeks after that I was able to pick the pup up for my Dad. It had been decided that I would care for and socialize the pup until she was old enough to start working. We generally start working dogs at a year. That means I am looking at a good six months of puppy sitting full time and another six of part time puppy sitting, only to turn her over to my Dad.

She already figured out that bottle calves equal treats!

She already figured out that bottle calves equal treats!

Aunt Jinx taught her to swim in the ditches.

Aunt Jinx taught her to swim in the ditches.

Grandma Ranchie and Bud are teaching her to swim in supplement containers.

Grandma Ranchie and uncle Bud are teaching her to swim in supplement containers.

The great thing is, I work with my Dad so I’ll still see her and work with her everyday! But usually after a few months of working full time with my Dad a dog’s allegiance changes. You see these cowdogs are bred and born work, and they love and respect whoever the work with the most, in this case it will be my Dad.

She's wasn't so sure about Dad, she really wanted to be back in MY lap.

She’s wasn’t so sure about Dad, she really wanted to be back in MY lap.

I’ve had this dog for a little over a month now, I spend a lot of time with her. I have to say, I am impressed with this dog and am seriously considering not giving her up. The force is strong with this one.

Not even six months old, and she has this ranch dog thing pretty much figured out.

Not even six months old, and she has this ranch dog thing pretty much figured out.

Of course, I’ll give Boo to my Dad when she is ready. I still have a few good years left with my dog, Hoot, and I can tell how excited and proud he already is of Boo. I know how hard it is to watch a dog you love and depend on grow old and retire and am deeply pleased to be able to mitigate that for my Dad a whisper. I know Boo is the beginning of a long line of excellent Brown Ranch cattledogs.

It's been slow, but they are slowly bonding.

It’s been slow, but they are slowly bonding.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Kids, Stop Fighting or I Will Turn This Truck Around

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Wordless Wednesday: Hoot’s View

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Puppies 2013

As I type this Ranchie Dog is in labor. This will be her second and last littler. Her first litter gave us Hoot and Jinx, our much beloved and hard working cowdogs. Ranchie’s Aunt Nikki is our 17 year old retired cowdog. We love this line of dogs. They are so smart and so sweet, just the perfect mix. Ranchie is one of the best dogs this ranch has ever seen. We love her very much and are super excited to have one last litter from her. Her babies are fathered by a full, long hair, working border collie. We anticipate some really amazing working pups.  I’ll be keeping you posted on how her labor goes! YAY! Ranchie puppies!20130506-194319.jpg

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What I Did Over My Christmas Break by Meg Brown

I feel like I am in elementary school again, writing an essay about my break. Its fun, I’m going to go with it. Thanks to Christmas and the New Year, I got some time off from my office job. Of course I spent my days off on the Ranch, “working”. It was glorious.

Kristen and Ryan mounted their horse, and moved cows for the first time - they are excellent help.

Kristen and Ryan mounted their horse, and moved cows for the first time – they are excellent help.

Two major events happened, the first is I got to move cows without my Dad. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. I was told to get a crew and move a herd of cows two fields over. I called Kristen and her husband, Ryan, and Shannon and Olive to come help. The cows knew what to do and were excited to have a new field to eat. I didn’t take any pictures of this happening because I was trying really hard to pay attention and not screw up (I didn’t!), but next time I will, I promise.

We all remember Olive right? She is my future 4-H member/cowhand in training.

We all remember Olive right? She is my future 4-H member/cowhand in training.

The second big thing was our barn fell down. Well I guess I should say, the rest of the barn fell down (part of it collapsed last year). Due to the nasty storms we had, our old metal barn collapsed. According to legend, this barn was old when we bought this Ranch in the 1940’s. It’s been hanging on by a thread for years, but needless to say, it was sad when the old thing finally died. I have lots and lots of memories of our old barns, they are where I played a lot as a child.

Dead barn.

Dead barn.

Another amazing thing happened when the barn collapsed. As I was helping my Dad tear down the barn, and try to start the clean-up process, I offered to get a crew of my friends together for a clean-up day. Normally my Parents say, thanks, but no thanks, when it comes to my buddies helping with projects like this, not this time. Dad said, ok, go ahead, get a crew.

My crew at work!

My crew at work!

My barn crew kicked butt! Brian Drake, Rene and her friend Forrest, Daniel and my Dad’s friend Mike all came over and spent their New Year’s Day working hard! My Mom cooked a ham and made a pecan pie for us for lunch. We got so much done!

My Dad had so much fun with my friends, he made me start driving the backhoe to the lumber pile so he could hang out and visit!

My Dad had so much fun with my friends, he made me start driving the backhoe to the lumber pile so he could hang out and visit!

My treasures from the barn. Old pipe. I'm turning it into planters for my yarden.

My treasures from the barn. Old pipe. I’m turning it into planter for my yarden.


My old cowdog Nikki spent all my vacation with me. She is too old to jump up onto the backhoe, so I picked her up and put her in the seat with me. She was so happy to be with me! It kinda made me cry.

My old cowdog Nikki spent all my vacation with me. She is too old to jump up onto the backhoe, so I picked her up and put her in the seat with me. She was so happy to be with me! It kinda made me cry.

We got about half the barn cleaned up in one day. It felt good.

We got about half the barn cleaned up in one day. It felt good.

I had a wonderful vacation. Working on the ranch really makes me appreciate my office job and working my office job really makes me appreciate the ranch. It was great to introduce my Dad to some of my friends – and have him really enjoy them. But most of all I really like having my friends out – often they get to experience something they’ve never done before, like move a herd of cattle or drive a tractor, and to me that experience is priceless.

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