Rhys is going to a cattle ranch..you know, the true working ranch with lots of cattle and people that do that for a living. Bob saw Scott and Tess working the last couple of years and last year he wanted to buy Tess...and you all know that Tess is our 4 legged child so that was not going to happen so he got the next best thing and that is a Tess pup.
The last 2 years, Bob and Nina (Bonina Ranch) offer their ranch for a cattle dog trial. They have tough cows and a great setup. The last two years, Bob generously loaned me his "Jackie" Quarter horse mare to ride...this was after the disaster ride I had on another loaned mare that tried her best to unseat me during one of my runs.
I have been whispering into Rhys ears that he is going to be a top cow dog like his daddy, "Scott". Delmar Scott worked on one of the largest cattle ranches in Canada, the "Coldstream ranch" and was the main cow dog for years. So Rhys has been listening to me (which is good) and has taken it to heart.
I showed Rhys some horse gear so he could be familiar with them. First up was the English saddle, which I got but never used. Rhys apparently thought that was beneath him as a true cow dog and showed his displeasure by scurrying off the saddle as fast his little legs would go. After all, what red-blooded cattle dog would be caught on an English saddle?
Ok, so we went to the Australian stock saddle...which is used in the brush in Australia. Again, Rhys thought this was beneath him and showed his displeasure by scurrying off the saddle. A real cattle dog just doesn't ride on any old saddle!!
Ok, since I didn't have my roping saddle in the house, I showed Rhys my boots and an used cinch.
"AH HA. I am so happy. I am ready to work, let's go NOW" said Rhys
"I smell cow poop so this is sooooo right...." Rhys said , "I am ready to be a real cow dog"