A Dog’s Life
This onetime city slicker finds his true calling on the farm.
Meet a heroic four-legged farmhand.
Before he came to our farm in 2015, Buster, my 5-year-old dog, lived with my niece and nephew in an urban area where he frequently escaped from the fenced yard to wander.
Now he runs freely, exploring the entire farm at will. He was meant to roam wide-open spaces. We think he may have some greyhound mixed in with Lab and shepherd breeds. With his varied pedigree, we like to call him our Heinz 57 dog.
When I feed the cows, horses and other farm critters, Buster sticks right by my side. He is quite dependable and fearless. On Christmas Day in 2015, we had a huge flood. Buster and I headed out to check on the cows in the pasture, where a gate had swung shut, trapping the cows in rising water. I waded into the hip-deep rushing water to open the gate and free them. I thought Buster would stay on higher ground, but he followed me right into the floodwaters and swam beside me. We saved the cows and went back to the house to dry off. Buster is my guardian; he sleeps on our front porch, and when my husband, Justin, works nights, he sleeps with his back right up against the front door. He’s become a wonderful farm dog who rides in the back of our truck and on the tractors. His newest love is riding in our all-terrain vehicle. We often find him sitting in the driver’s seat, just waiting for someone to crank it up and go. His goofy antics make me smile and laugh, and those chocolate brown eyes melt my heart every time I look at them. Buster is an irreplaceable member of the family.
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Buster and Justin LouAllen (right) take a break together. This dog’s farm duties include watching over the humans and saving cows from floodwaters. NAME : BREED Buster : AGE: Mixed 5 HOME years : JOBS: Moulto Bodyg n,AL STREN uard, GTH: Lifegu buddy...