From Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to after January 02, 2014…
I am going to have very limited time to be able to give tours and visit time for folks interested in stopping by to look at cowdogs and pups. It is time to AI cows and with the short days I just don’t have enough hours in the day to get my regular work done and to visit. So in fairness to visitors wanting to look and get cowdog demonstrations I am shutting down cowdog looking until after the 1st of the year.
Returning calls has been hard and in way too many cases impossible to do. I’m gone all day and getting home late. It is hard to return calls to folks as they are busy too with ranch, farm or feedlot chores. The cold, the snow, the ice, and family holiday routines take time too. We are all a hard bunch to catch up with. I do not have anyone to take phone calls during the day. My landline and cell phone are pretty much full each day with messages and a lot of folks are left hanging. I get about 5-7 folks called back each day and that’s about it. I’m sorry I cannot call each and every one of you back the day you call. Disheartening, I know.
So, in fairness to everyone I just thought I’d post a note. I just finished up a deworming/external parasite trial with 3 litters of pups, some 6-9 month old pups and some yearling to adult cowdogs. This is another phase of a health management project that I have had going on in conjunction with the DNA/genetic project of the last 3 years. The results are impressive and conclusive as to how the health of my Hangin’ Tree cowdogs can be more effectively managed and have greater and longer term health results. I appreciate the companies that have participated in this little endeavor. I do not know of anyone else in the Hangin’ Tree cowdog business that has DNA tested their dogs and followed a strict structured breeding and health program. Plus, I don’t know if what works with my cowdog program will work for others. One reason for stating this is that other breeders have infused dogs of other breeds or mixed crosses into their Hangin’ Tree cowdogs. So, what works here may not work for others. I have a closed cowdog breeding program and do not use outside dogs or people to breed, raise and handle my cowdogs. The closed practice keeps outside illnesses, diseases, genetic abnormalities, people problems, paperwork problems and fraudulent representation and various other known/unknown headaches out of my cowdog program. Closing things off has been a very good thing. I know what I have, I know what I am producing, I know what my customers are receiving, I know who my customers are and I am better prepared to help the folks who are having issues with other sources of information or dogs. It is a win-win situation with no second guessing. And because of what I want to produce, how to get there and to keep “it clean”, I do not send or share any of my proprietary information (DNA testing, health management or breeding strategies) to any club, group, organization or association. If you need or want a club dog, I will not be able to help you.
Being a progressive breeder is important to me so for now I think I am on the right track for what I want to do and produce with my cowdogs. I do know that my desire to create cowdogs with more frame, body, bone, brains, easier to handle, good dispositions, lots of grit, loyalty to me, respect for all classes of livestock, elimination of genetic and reproductive abnormalities, hunting ability, heading and heeling desires…is working. I do not focus on ear style of short/prick/upright ears, cut high/shallow in the flank, color of hair, color of eyes or dogs with savage/wreckless instincts or tendencies. There are plenty of folks infusing more Border Collie, Catahoula, Kelpie, Bulldog varieties, Pitbull varities, and many other crossbred dogs into their Hangin’ Tree cowdogs in an effort to tinker or add “more of this, more of that”. But for me, I have no need or desire to venture away from what I want or need in a cowdog and the “how” of getting to what I want or need.
I will be starting another draft of pups and young cowdogs after the 1st of the year. I will post pictures, video clips and more information here on my blog and on my Facebook Page…which is Tammy’s Cowdogs Page. My Tammy’s Cowdogs Facebook personal timeline is max’d out by the limit of 5,000 friends. But you can follow other ranching news if you select “Follow”. But, rely on my website blog and Tammy’s Cowdogs Page on Facebook to keep in tune with the cowdog program.
Thank you very much for following along on the ranching adventures, work and journeys of Tammy’s Cowdogs. Maybe with a little luck, Mother Nature cooperation and Divine intervention, the land here will receive Spring rains to help ease the drought or maybe even enough rain to end the multi-years’ drought! I am grateful we received some rain in April 2013 to get some grass up. Cattle numbers are about 1/3 of what one can normally run and I am learning to live with only a couple of hundred cows. Maybe less is more! Until later though, thank you for your interest in my cowdogs and cattle. So for now, my cowdogs and I will be gathering pairs, sorting pairs, inserting CIDR’s, and setting up more cows for AI work during the days before Christmas. Once the AI’ing is completed, we will have pairs to haul to winter pastures. The natural service cows have bulls in now and cows are cycling all over the place. So, despite the cold, windy weather, the short days and lots of work…life is pretty normal around here.