How did the names originate?
Sam was just a name I liked, Hitch was named after the movie (Hitch, starring Will Smith). Hitch seemed a cool character and the dog seemed the same and Shooter is the son of Rifle and the grandfather is Gunner.
I try and give them interesting names when it works out.
What are their personalities like?
They are friendly and active. Sam always gives 120 per cent if you want it or not. He’s 12 going on two.
Is there anything the dogs have done that stands out?
Sam and Hitch both won at sheepdog trials. Shooter is a bit young and hasn’t got the runs on the board but I think he’ll get there.
Is there anything that stands out that might not be so good?
They all have their moments when they decide they know more than you do.
Have they had any accidents?
Sam has had a couple of rounds of pneumonia and a snake bite. Others (not these dogs) have had ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament) and broken legs. Sam’s dad had a cow horn to the eye. Not sure how he survived.
It’s a reality when working cattle the dogs can get hurt. I’ve accumulated a few vet bills over the lifetime.
Do they have any unusual habits?
Sam claps his teeth together to get attention. Hitch jumps on you without asking first.
Where do they sleep?
In raised pens away from snakes and other creepy crawlies with straw or sawdust as bedding. I think they get looked after pretty well that way.
How much time do you spend together?
Not as much as I’d like. They could always benefit from a bit more work.
What would you do without them?
Find some more real quick!
Words and pictures: Rodney Woods