Anyone that knows me (or even kinda knows me) knows that my dog occupies a very important part of my life. We adopted Mischa in October of 2016 and she’s been loving life on the farm ever since. She also makes our lives so much more fun and interesting.
We’ve had several dogs on the farm over my lifetime, and each one has a unique personality, provides original entertainment, and enjoys different kinds of toys. But farm dogs also have a few things in common. Here are 5 of them.
You have a Buddy to Help with Chores
Usually the farm dog doesn’t actually help successfully finish chores, but she’s more than happy to accompany you! If I could bring a friend with me to do all of my jobs, it would be so much more pleasant – even if the friend doesn’t do the work. A farm dog allows you to do just that.
Your Farm Dog’s Curiosity Makes Everything More Interesting
When you raise sweet corn, it becomes pretty monotonous to pick it day after day after day. Our first farm dog made that so much more interesting by shucking the sweet corn and enjoying it right on the cob. Another farm dog thought all those green tomatoes were just tennis balls for her to play with – she would pick them off the plant and run around having the time of her life! It doesn’t have to be something big, but seeing your work through the eyes of your four-legged friend makes life more interesting.
Sometimes You Just Need a (Farm Dog’s) Shoulder to Cry On
Life on the farm is tough sometimes. Bad weather, poor crop yields, cost-to-produce prices all contribute. Let’s not forget that it can also be a lonely job. Dogs are good listeners and don’t mind if you unload all of your worries, fears, and concerns onto them. Dogs listen and love you anyway.
Farm Dogs Don’t Mind Dirt and Sweat
Coming home from a long day of work on the farm usually means your appearance is less than pleasing to most other humans. Dirt, sweat, and goodness knows what else. But your farm dog doesn’t care. She’s happy to see you anyway. Besides, you may even get some extra kisses for it!
Another Set Of Eyes Guarding the Farm
We’ve had people come onto the farm to steal crops, tools, and, even, dirt. Having a farm dog gives you an extra set of eyes to watch over everything. She’ll alert you when a stranger is on (or near) the property. Bonus: she may even help apprehend the culprits!