Someday, I will have my own farm dog.
I dream about my canine working partner as often as I dream about my own future farm.
It will be a female English Shepherd.
She will be a sable and white color (think "Lassie's" look); either light or medium dark is fine.
She'll be a small dog; weighing in at roughly 45 lbs. Small and agile enough to dodge flying cattle hooves, but big enough to take on stubborn rams, and bossy goats.
Her coat will be medium length. Just long enough to give her that "farm collie" look, but not so much that she'll get burr overloads when working.
She'll have a long tail; although, I think the bob-tailed shepherds are nice too. :)
|Photo credit goes to Snowy River English Shepherds|
She'll help me drive the cattle to new pasture;
And herd the sheep when I need her to.
She'll keep grumpy hogs in line,
But will be gentle with the newborn livestock.
|Photo credit goes to Walnut Ranch English Shepherds|
She'll be energetic enough to work at any time, for as long as it's needed;
But she'll also enjoy the lazy inside days.
She'll guard my back when I need it;
And keep everyone on the farm in line.
In short, she will be everything the English Shepherd has been bred to be.
And her name will be 'Dulcie'.
The Latin word for "sweet".
I don't exactly know why I chose the name Dulcie, but for some reason it just sounds right.
Some things you just know to be true, and this country girl knows that she needs a farm dog named Dulcie.
And someday, this dream will become a reality.
Someday I will have a sable colored, female, English Shepherd pup in my arms.
And that will just be the beginning of things....