Dogs of Ranchlands Dogs of Ranchlands

DOGS OF RANCHLANDS

Volume 7  Farms 

Published: November 1, 2021

       

The deep navy umbrella of a four am Colorado prairie sky hangs overhead. Birds are still slumbering, awaiting the arrival of dawn before beginning morning discussions. There are few sounds to be heard save the creaking of leather, the clank of cinches, the shifting of hooves as the tacking up process begins. The human portion of the crew are near wordless, still slightly bleary eyed and mentally taking stock of the day ahead of them. The group is soon headed out across the vast expanse, and the prairie begins to stir. The sun rips a magenta gash across the early morning sky and the song of meadowlarks trill across the pasture. All this commotion is kept in time by the rhythmic 1,2,-1,2 of the team trotting out to reach cattle and begin the day’s move. And there, amid the thrum of the waking prairie and in between the footfall of hooves, is another sound. More quickly paced but keeping time, all the while eagerly propelling toward the job ahead. Four legs, two ears, and a tail that wags rather than swishes – the beloved and indispensable ranch dog.

Part co-workers, part companionship, the relationship between man and dog stretches back tens of thousands of years. A relationship so deeply woven into our collective history it’s hard to imagine life without these particular four legged companions. In this instance, the working dog represents a unique and irreplaceable asset to the rancher’s team. Able to reach places a horse and rider could not on their own and with a specialized skill set that only they can execute. And, while it’s safe to say that each rider develops a deep bond with their horses, equines generally tend not to fit as well inside the living room, giving dogs the unique perspective of being with us during virtually all hours of the day.

The ranch dog’s history meanders and overlaps throughout the centuries. Essentially each breed of cattle dog can be traced back to European roots such as Scotland, England, and Basque Country before their eventual dispersal throughout the globe as shepherds and ranchers relocated to new areas and livestock management presented new terrain. Throughout that time, new breeds have emerged; often created with specific qualities designed for optimal livestock management. But while geography, climate, names, and pedigrees may change, one thing remains constant: the steadfast companionship and undying loyalty of a rancher’s best friend.



Tess Rafferty

Ranchlands Review



FEATURED PROPERTIES


Carancahua Bend Ranch
CARANCAHUA BEND RANCH

SARGENT, TEXAS

Huge development potential combined with exceptional duck hunting and saltwater fishing situated less than 90 miles from Houston’s Galleria is the key component of this extraordinary property. A ranch with a diverse waterfowl habitat and proximity to the big waters of the bay produces excellent duck hunting. This is a working cattle ranch with everything it takes to raise beef: fencing, water wells and troughs, loafing sheds, and a top-notch set of pens. 6 water wells/troughs are spread across the ranch.

$16,000,000 | 3,236± Acres

LITTLE EIGHT MILE RANCH ON THE LEMHI RIVER
LITTLE EIGHT MILE RANCH ON THE LEMHI RIVER

LEADORE, IDAHO

Fay Ranches is honored to bring this property to market. Nestled at the base of the continental divide in north-central Idaho, this ranch is one of the most scenic and prolific sporting ranches in the Rocky Mountain West. Comprised of 8,163± deeded acres and 65,486± leased acres, totaling 73,649± acres, the ranch is expansive, featuring 9.25± miles of the Lemhi River, a private, wild trout fishery, plus countless miles of spring creeks and mountain streams. This is a true river-to-mountain offering that has more miles of fishable trout water than any ranch we know of on the market today.

$20,995,000 | 8,163± Acres

Los Trigos Ranch
LOS TRIGOS RANCH

ROWE, NEW MEXICO

This iconic Pecos River property has almost two miles of the trout-filled Pecos River meanders through the middle of the ranch, dotted by majestic cottonwoods and native willows. Deep river pools flow against stunning canyon wall backdrops, providing habitat for 20-inch rainbows, cutbows, and browns. Wildlife including trophy elk, mule deer, black bear, and mountain lion, roam this property. It adjoins the 224,000± acre Pecos Wilderness on the north, offering endless recreational possibilities.

$10,950,000 | 612± Acres





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