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30 Days on a Prairie Farm: Dogs

30 Days on a Prairie Farm: Dogs

Day 24: A look at why dogs are so very special to farm families.

Just for the fun of it, I shot some family photos for a handful of friends this fall. And among the parents, teenagers, small kids and babies who made up the families, one family brought along their canine member. Her name was Mae and I loved her and I loved that she was part of the family photo.

Mae is a farm dog, and is a black lab. And like other farm dogs, she's pretty special to her people. In fact, we devote an entire contest and an issue each year to celebrating farm dogs here at Prairie Farmer.

Don't let this photo fool you regarding her farm dog cred; Mae got a bath and a fancy Illini collar before her photos.

Our dog is Mandy, and she is our beloved border collie. She turns 14 this spring, and she was my gift to my husband for our first anniversary. She's worn a path between our house and the farm, and though arthritis, cataracts and a heart murmur are not working in her favor, she still keeps on trudging. But a day in the tractor with John earlier this month? Pretty much made her year.

Because in the end? The farm just doesn't feel whole without its favorite farm dog.


The archives: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm

Kickoff: 30 Days on a Prairie Farm

Day 1: Working Kids

Day 2: Biotechnology

Day 3: Harvest Eats

Day 4: Church

Day 5: Biotechnology, Again

Day 6: Long Haul

Day 7: Hormones

Day 8: Weather

Day 9: Milk

Day 10: County Fairs

Day 11: Harvest

Day 12: Technology

Day 13: Show Ring

Day 14: Leave the Farm

Day 15: Dialogue

Day 16: Store Grain

Day 17: Love

Day 18: Kid Love             

Day 19: Straight Rows

Day 20: Antibiotics

Day 21: Bottle Calves

Day 22: Relationship

Day 23: Big Fun


More "30 Days" farm blogs

Shot back in 2004 before my oldest had even turned two, this is one of my favorite photos: the farmer and his puppies and his girl.

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Go Go Bookworm: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories

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Go Beyond the Barn: 30 Days of Farm Life Blessings

Rural Route 2: 30 Days of the Not-So-Glamorous Life of This Farm Wife

Touching Families: 30 Days of a Town Girl Touched by the Farming Life

This Land, This Life, This Farmer's Wife: 30 Days of Thankfulness on a Family Farm

Farmgirldays: 30 Days of Farm Kids Trapped in the City

My Cows and Pigs: 30 Days of "What's that?"

Dennis Olmstead: 30 Days in a Row

White House on the Prairie: 30 Days, 30 Posts

A Colorful Adventure: 30 Days of JP


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