Ruff and the Water Tank
May 21, 2002
... "the best dog I have ever had" ...
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of you have read about me being a dog trainer, and I must confess
that ever since I took over this new occupation of real estate
there have not been too many dogs getting trained.
On the lighter side of things, there is a story to share about Ruff when we lived on the ranch in Laramie. The story begins out in the corral where there was a water tank at the corner of 3 paddocks. Coming from cold country, every water tank has a heater and you usually leave it on until about the first week in June and usually turn it on again about the last week in August. Well, the water tank was getting a little mossy, I think from all the warm water, and needed a good cleaning, but neither Ruff nor I had the time to get it done. Since this was also the early years of the corral we still had to run a water hose over to the tank to fill it up when it got low. Usually this would be every other day or so. Well, it just so happened that it had been a couple of days and the water tank had not dropped an inch. The heifers were getting a little restless and they would walk up to the tank but would not drink. Most of them would just stand around and bawl as if to say "please clean out that dirty old tank so we can have some fresh water". After getting the point I went to the shop to pick up an open end adjustable to pull the plug and give it a good cleaning. Ruff was right at my side as I began to unroll the garden hose just like always. He impatiently trotted out in front knowing exactly where we were going and was sniffing around the base of the tank just as they do before marking their territory. As he lifted his leg there came the biggest yelp and scurry for cover you have ever seen. I have never seen a dog with his tail so far between his legs and in such a hurry to find a hole to crawl in. You guessed it. The heifers were not wanting to have clean water, rather bawling "could someone please come and replace this stock tank heater with one that doesn't bite so much". A short in the wiring had caused a serious amount of electricity to be sitting in the tank and it is amazing to this day that we did not lose a heifer from electrocution. There were more times than one that Ruff was able to get me out of a bind, and I am ever so grateful that the day we went to clean the water tank he beat me to it. You were a good boy Ruff, I really miss the days we spent "off the paved road".
Till next time ..
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