All I Really Need to Know, I Learned from a Farm Dog

With a face like that, it doesn't matter that this "cow dog" doesn't know how to herd cows.

Not every cat is your enemy and not every human is your friend.

Nothing should stay buried.

Chasing chickens is all fun and games….until the rooster gets mad.

Always act happy to see someone (you never know who has treats in their pockets).

There is nothing better than an evening run down a quiet gravel road.

That cat you chased up the tree yesterday? He will be waiting outside the garage door when you go out in the morning.

Me?!? I would never chase chickens. It must have been some other dog with one blue eye and one brown eye.

There is always time for a nap on a sunny spot in the grass.

If you spend all your time sniffing butts, it can be hard to see where you are going.

A good friend is always there for a scratch behind the ears.

Cleaning up your own mess sometimes means you need a helper, preferably with opposable thumbs.

If it looks like a skunk and smells like a skunk….

Patience is a virtue (Do not chase the front tires of an 18-wheeler).


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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15 Responses to All I Really Need to Know, I Learned from a Farm Dog

  1. Doug Page says:


  2. I’ve definitely learned much from our farm dog. He, however, is still not convinced every skunk is going to smell like a skunk yet.

  3. Reblogged this on Real Life Farm Wife and commented:
    Rodeo the Wonder Dog recommended that I reblog this. He says dogs are very wise. 🙂

  4. Melony says:

    My Lacy says “Thank you Mrs. Jill for posting my pretty picture on your blog” and her mama agrees that with that pretty face she can do or not do anything she wants! I love this blog!

  5. Love this post! How very ranch dog! LOL

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