Tribute to Bert

In August 2002, I purchased my first Hangin’ Tree Cowdog. He was just a pup, but ready to work. I named him Bert and for the next four years, he and I completed all the ranch work ourselves. When we started our journey together, neither knew that a mere 14 months later, he would save my life. How do you ever repay a cowdog for such an enormous gesture? In the time after that, I came to realize the only thanks he wanted was the chance to work with me, beside me, day-in and day-out. Bert was larger than life. He was smart. He was athletic. He was loyal.

In every cattle working situation, he knew what to do without instruction. I could simply point out a sick calf in the wean lot and he’d quietly and respectfully take the calf to the corral and ease it up the alley to the chute. When we’d finish working a set of cows, he knew to gather them up and what gate to head them to to go out to pasture. I could leave him at a gate, go feed, come back and he’d still be at the gate, waiting for my return. If a cow’s calf was hidden in the timber, I could tell Bert to “find the baby” and he’d put his nose to the ground, search until he found it, return to me and take me back to the calf. He simply had the ability to size up any situation and apply the right pressure and make everything work. We’d get done working cattle and you could tell him, “Bert, thanks for your help” and he would look at me with a big smile – as if to say, “You are welcome, now come on let’s go”. We’d be driving down the road and he’d take his right paw and pull my arm so that I’d rub his neck. Or take his head and bump under my elbow and say, “Hey, rub my back.” And, he loved taking his pups out and mentoring them. His mate for life was Hawk and he truly loved her. They were an amazing pair and produced some tremendous offspring. Bert was majestic—more than any other animal I have ever known.

On September 6, 2010, after an accident on the ranch and the gallant efforts of the University of Missouri Vet School, I lost Bert. Tammy’s Cowdogs exists today because of Bert. He is the foundation of my cowdog program and the model all my cowdogs must live up to. He took more than eight of my years with him. I will forever be grateful for the joy and loyalty he brought to my life. Words will never be able to describe how much Hawk and I will miss him

-from the Welcome Page of the website of Tammy’s Cowdogs “Tribute to Bert”

Today, Sep. 05, 2014, the rural route mail lady stops. She’s got a box from Idaho. I can hardly sign the card. Scott Jason Hall, his wife Betty, and Bret Bret N Melanie Haskett? I cannot put words to the remarkable pendant. Scott, your are gifted my friend…the itsy bitsy engraving on the gold, the silver engraving of Bert…I am speechless. Betty, the rein chains are, “Some kind of wonderful.” Bret, your rawhide braiding of the romal reins is, “Perfectly completes this gifted piece.” Bert, 4 years ago today we sat out in the grass at the Univ. of MO vet hospital and took in our last conversation of how much we loved each other. And 15 hrs. later a blood clot to your lungs ended your life. I got the call around 9:30 AM to hurry to your side there were problems. I tried to get there Bert, I did. But, I drove home on the 6th of September with a dog in a box…heartbroken. My life has not been the same since. I will take you with me when I leave here to meet up with you again.

~I love you Bert.
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Dr. Meadows here are a few photos of the surgery place where the stitches obviously did not hold during the healing process. This “place” goes up along his wolf tooth into the nasal cavity via the soft palate hole that was covered during the second surgery procedure of pulling the left cheek towards the center, the right cheek towards the center and overlaying the edges onto the soft tissue graft that served as the blood supply to each cheek’s contribution to the covering of the hole in his soft palate. I found this last week when I checked his teeth and noticed some fescue seeds along the gum line of the wolf tooth. I used my finger to remove the seeds and noticed that the spot was actually packed with seeds, red and sore to the touch. I got a nasal canula with some chlor-hex:H2O mix, gently flushed the seeds down and out of what I thought was probably just a shallow pocket. However, it was with the flushing that I discovered the assumed shallow pocket was actually open clear into the nasal cavity. The chlor-hex came out his nose and he was also swallowing. So. the nasal cavity flushes to the throat and the nose…which is good. But, my concern is that with seeds or whatever making their way into this hole to the nasal cavity then there could be migration of seeds/trash to his lungs or becoming lodged and creating abscesses or migrating foreign object problems. For example, I’ve had cowdogs get seeds from cheat grass or needle and thread grass lodged in their inner mouth cheeks or throat and migrate into other layers of tissue and create some real painful, infected, abscessed problems. Take a look and I’ll call to see which Dr. needs to take a look at this. I’d hope you could take care of it.

FYI…the last photo which shows my full thumbnail. Dr. Meadows…if you look closely, you can see next to the wolf tooth a “stitch pulled” mark…and on upward towards my thumb more little stitch scars.

Hangin’ Tree Cowdog Levi…Tammy’s Cowdogs…Missouri.

Ms. Ducchess’s girls Paisley and Ink sold at my Hangin’ Tree Cowdog Production Sale last Friday. Here they are in S Louisiana at their new home! Girls, “Get a drink!” Paisley just dives right in. These two pups are great gals and really good workers at nearly 10 months of age. They are on a cow/calf operation way down S. And have great folks as their new owners. ~Tammy is Happy!

PS – when Paisley and Ink shed out and get rid of their baby hair, I suspect they will look like their older sister Cash and be very smooth haired with a medium hair length. Sure, the Hangin’ Tree is to be slick and short haired. But when the original Hangin’ Tree breeders failed to adhere to their own criteria in their matings…well, then you get gene expression that kind of lets the cat out of the bag on their use of outside crossbred dogs. These pups’ dad is Oscar and was in the “retirement sale” purchases. That story is here on my blog in the category “Trayers’ Cowdogs”. It is immaterial now…water done passed under the bridge. But “yo genes can catch ya.”

Paisley, Ink in LA

Weather? Perfect
Folks? Perfect
Cowdog pup performances? Not perfect but fun.
Overall for 3 days? Perfect
Pups 9-9.5 months old. Ranged from $1,500 to $2,600.
Used 30 head of fall calves. Pups are a powerful, smart, gutsy, brave set of pups. Demonstrated them bringing cattle, getting ahead, redirecting the right/left, having them stop working, come, show their patience in the alleys with cattle, some basic sorting, then had them bring cattle to the alley and up/out the chute. Just very, very basic work. Pups did a good job of tracking and moving the calves and holding them to the gate to load up the alley. Had to e-collar Henry to slow him down and help his “whoa”. That in itself was a very educational moment for all to see that very light collar use can be so beneficial for the pup and the cattle. New homes include – Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

On a side note…Rulo stole the show. That little guy is like the “do all, down in the trenches guy”. Small in stature but mighty as a grinding it out work-a-holic. Mr. Steady. Rulo heads, heels, barks very little, but knows a frequent bark will move the cattle. He just really keeps his mouth shut and does his job. He is pleasant to be around and is not a smarty around other cowdogs. Rulo loves life. There was a young man that has been coming here for a few years. A really nice person, going to college in W Oklahoma, polite, admirable. I asked him which pup he enjoyed watching the most and he said Rulo. I just scratched Rulo from the sale and gave Rulo to this young fella. They will make a good pairing and get a lot done. I like “good” people.

Rulo - 32# Male. Son of Levi.

Rulo – 32# Male. Son of Levi.

Rulo - 32# Male. Son of Levi.

Rulo – 32# Male. Son of Levi.

Registration sheet done? Check
Cowdog pup bid sheets done? Check
School notes done? Check

Do not rely on me checking email, FB messages/posts, blog questions. If you have a cowdog sale question from now until noon tomorrow…best try my cell phone 573.659.5971. Leave me a message and I will try to call you back before the demos start at noon.
Thank you for the interest in my cowdog pups that are in this year’s production sale. They are a powerful, smart, gutsy, brave set of pups. I will be demonstrating their skills for bringing cattle, getting ahead, redirecting the right/left, having them stop working, come, show their patience in the alleys with cattle, some basic sorting, then have them bring cattle to the alley and up/out the chute. That’s the plan. Hopefully, there will be some mistakes so that as a viewer you can see how we work through errors. The weather is going to be perfect. Little watering of the ground in the corrals to lay the dust and we should be good to go. I will be using 30 late October/November calves that are basically mid-5’s and 6 wts…27 heifers and 3 steers. The 3 steers will be used for the sorting demos. The pups in this sale are 9.5 months of age. The pups are all grandbabies to “Bert” and Hawk. Bert’s tribute story is on my website Home Page.

-PS…even ole Cowdog Levi will be on the grounds strolling around. He ate non-soaked solid dry dogfood tonight for the 1st time since Dec. 18, 2013. He is a walking miracle.

If you scroll down to the post of about “cowdogdays14″ that has the pup’s pictures…scroll to the end and you will find Henry’s video clip from Wed. May 14th.
#hangintreecowdogsforsale Hangin’ Tree Cowdogs for Sale

UPDATED…Thurs. AM. Saturday’s rain chance is out. It – the rain – is here today. Light rain. Lows to be upper 30’s next few nights, highs 60’s to lo 70’s.

This Friday-Sunday, looks like the Hi/Lo will be upper 60’s-low 70’s. And nights of 50 or so. 20% chance of rain Sat. Wind from the N…so bring a jacket. But since 2009, this will be the most perfect weather we have had for the cowdog demos & sale. It’s been near 100 or over 100+dry+dusty=miserable…to cold+pouring rain+slick as snot=miserable. I guess scrubbing skunked up cowdogs for several hours yesterday was for a reason. I should not have sent them on ahead to get a drink at the branch. The skunk was about 4 foot long by the time I got there…ready for the Bar-B.
If you scroll down in the posts here, you will find the photos of all the cowdogs in the sale this Friday. Sale info is also posted below in the posts for “cowdogdays14″.
Go Hangin’ Tree Cowdogs at Tammy’s Cowdogs.

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