A Dog’s Life

A boy and his dog are the best of friends.

Farm & Ranch Living - - CONTENTS - BY CRISTINA BAI­LEY HOOKSETT, NEW HAMP­SHIRE

Brady is our 10-year-old golden re­triever, and we res­cued him eight years ago. He has since be­come a big part of our fam­ily. Af­ter my son, Ben­jamin, was born in Novem­ber 2016, my hus­band, Josh, and I were un­sure about how Brady would re­act. At first, the old dog kept his dis­tance, but he even­tu­ally be­came fond of baby Ben, sleep­ing in his room, lay­ing next to him on the floor and sneak­ing a few of his snacks. They are now great pals. Even at his advanced age, Brady still runs and plays with the speed and en­thu­si­asm of a puppy. He loves a good scratch and tries his hard­est to get plenty of them. While he prefers be­ing the only dog on our farm, he ac­cepts the oc­ca­sional visit from his hu­man un­cle’s dog, Jasper. Brady’s pretty hum­ble with our two house cats, but he al­ways chases the three barn kit­ties; they race up into the hayloft to seek shel­ter when­ever he bounds af­ter them. Dur­ing the spring, Brady helps to herd the cows through the back­yard hay­fields into the pas­ture where they are free to roam. Ev­ery now and then, Brady will spot the neigh­bor’s year­ling cows while they en­joy a snack from our field, and he herds them back to their home through the wood­line. When he’s not pa­trolling the land, Brady is with Ben­jamin. They both love be­ing farm boys, and we are proud of them. We are cer­tain that the duo will be palling around on our farm for many happy years.

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Brady and Ben­jamin en­joy the shade pro­vided by the Bai­ley fam­ily’s 1946 Far­mall A, which orig­i­nally be­longed to Ben­jamin’s great-grand­fa­ther Richard Bai­ley. NAME: Brady BREED: Golden AGE: 10 re­triever HOME: years JOBS: Hooksett , NH Babysitt er, STRENG...

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