A Dog’s Life

This one­time city slicker finds his true call­ing on the farm.

Farm & Ranch Living - - CONTENTS - BY HOL­LIE LOUALLEN MOUL­TON, ALABAMA

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...

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