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  • Moxie and Zeke

    Rochelle Green's two Redbone Coonhounds, Moxie and Zeke, love to spend time on the roof of their property's screenhouse. "It's built into the hill so from the back it's only about a two- or three-foot jump to the roof," Green says. "They like to oversee the property from up there. When they are not window hunting for squirrels and chipmunks they are begging for a treat or sleeping. These hounds think they are hunting dogs, but they are just our four legged children, who are very spoiled and much loved."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Dodger and Frazier

    "We moved to the country on five-and-a-half acres about three years ago and our city pets have become country boys without much problem," says Barbara Ryan, of Rio Medina, Texas. "Once they learned to avoid the skunks, and we learned how to get the smell off them, the only thing they had to overcome was getting used to walking on our gravel road," she says of her two boxers.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Miss Lillie

    Ellen Still's black cocker spaniel, Miss Lillie, is six years old and was born on Valentine's Day. "Miss Lillie is very loyal to me and very protective," Still says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Millie

    Wayne Koskela submitted this photo of his dog, Millie, crossing into Mexico in Big Bend National Park.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Reno, Max and Doc

    This photo of Reno, Max and Doc was submitted by Sharon Huber, of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. "Reno and Doc are our two dogs and Max belongs to our daughter," Huber says. All three dogs love running after chipmunks and squirrels around the Huber acreage. "They also like to run the deer out of the yard," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Chase

    Julie Jenkins submitted this photo of her son's Newfoundland, Chase. He is just over one year old in this picture. "My Muscovy duck couple were enjoying some shade in their favorite spot, besides the pond, that is," she says. "Chase, who was in the pond, came along and just lied down in front of them. Luckily he is not aptly named!" Julie says he keeps the Canada Geese population at bay and out of the pond. "He is a great door bell, as we live in the middle of nowhere, and a great riding companion."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Dukis Maximus

    This is Dukis Maximus, also known as, The Duke. "We took this picture after he and another dog ran off to enjoy a day along the country side," says owner Ashley Werner. "He was so worn out when we found him that he just laid in the bed of the truck while we went hiking in the timber. He's a friendly lab who enjoys playing with other dogs, chasing sheep (bad dog!), and sniffing out bunnies. He's looking forward to the day when we actually get a house built on our acreage so he can move to the country for good."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Tallulah Lou and Buddy

    "My 11 pound miniature Boston Terrier, Tallulah Lou, loves going to the farm where my future in-laws raise sheep," says owner Laura Kocisky. "This weekend, she finally met their keeper, the 160 pound sheep dog, Buddy, who watches over the flock. In this picture, she's saying, 'EW! I just had a bath and I'm getting poo on me! It smells in here, Mama save me!' And Buddy's like, 'What is this thing? Looks more like a mouse than a predator to me!'"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Julia

    Julia was purchased from a pound in Texas in 1988 by the Bradley family and has grown up alongside the four Bradley children. Julia moved with the Bradleys from Texas to New York, where she tried to learn to be a city dog, but was extremely happy when the family moved to Wyoming where she had over 20 acres to roam. "She was the best 'mouser', out-performing the cats in catching mice," says Coleen Bradley. "Julia was also the great alert system when a rattlesnake came too close to the house area. Although Julia has slowed down quite a bit in the past few years and her sight and hearing have faded, she still enjoys going on walks at her new home in Kansas. If she smells a mouse under a wood pile she still tries to get to them and we usually try to help her out! Not bad for 20 years old...and that is in dog years!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Lacie

    Lacie is a three-year old red merele Australian Shepherd born on a cattle farm in Texas, now living with DeLee Joslyn in Port Orange, Florida. Her right eye is half blue and half amber, her left eye is amber and her nose is brownish red. "Lacie is a great Aussie with the instinct to guard and the playfulness of a puppy. Her favorite trick is to let us know, immediately, whenever an armadillo or opossum has unwittingly entered her domain," DeLee says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • River

    Lyle Steinman of Steewartsville, Missouri, owner of Castle Creek Kennels, recently took home a grand prize of $55,000 in cash and merchandise for the Super Retriever Series Crown Championship "It's a funny thing," says Steinman of his champion dog, River. "When we're not training or competing she's a part of the family. She sleeps in our bed, eats with us and plays with the kids." She also loves to work. "I've had plenty of dogs in my life and the three others we've qualified are all exceptional. But River is beyond special. We communicate at a level most of my competition swears must be illegal." It's not uncommon before a competition to find Steinman and River in a "conversation" of sorts. "We look at each other in the eye and I tell her to be brave to think and to remember. I know it sounds goofy but for us it works."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Oscar

    "Oscar loves to explore outside," says his owner, Carla. "He loves chasing leaves, squirrels, and really anything that moves. At this time in his life we lived at a dog kennel out in the country. He loved greeting the people and of course the other dogs that would come to visit for the weekend or week. He made a lot of great friends! He would try and take toys from the other dogs, sometimes it would work and other times it wouldn't. He really enjoys being at the farm."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Great Pyrenees puppies

    These nine-and-a-half-week-old Great Pyrenees pups are new additions to Ann Danielson's Longmont, Colorado farm, and haven't even been named yet. "Can you believe that this cute brother/sister combination will soon be guarding my alpacas from coyotes and other predators?" Danielson asks.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Ace

    This is Ace, Ginger Davidson's country canine, hard at work. One of his jobs is to keep the wildlife off of the runway in our backyard. "As you can see, he takes his job very seriously," she says. "I returned from mowing a pasture to find him playing (I mean guarding the runway). Ace would run a circle around the fawn then lay down. The fawn would immediately show his stance by charging and bucking at him. After a half-hour of hard work (I mean play), the fawn joined up with his mother who was watching intently from a nearby field."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Sam

    This Great Pyrenees, Sam, was submitted by owner Lisa Foss-Wee of Wooly Acres-Marilla, New York. He is 15 weeks old and is learning to protect my flock of Shetland sheep.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Cali

    Cali, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, lives the dream as a full time farm and hunting dog on Amber Kohlhaas parents' farm near Klemme, Iowa. Cali gets to help out with about every farm activity that a dog could want, tagging along to do chores, helping in the shop, and actually enjoys riding in the combine and grain cart during fall harvest! She loves truck rides to check crops, especially when you take a quick detour to nearby Twin Lakes to jump off the dock and go for a cool swim. "After a hard days work, what really gets her tail wagging is seeing my dad walk outside with his camo gear on," Amber says. "She's always up for a good hunt."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Jada

    "Jada, a seven-week-old Welch Corgi, is a country/farm dog in training," says Amber Kohlhaas. The young pup was first introduced to the farm during the bitterly cold winter. Seeing that it was holidays, she enjoyed staying warm in her Sherpa reindeer jacket! "Jada helps my father-in-law with all farm aspects," Amber says. "She enjoys riding in the tractor, tagging along to help with cattle chores, and going for truck rides to visit the neighbors."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
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