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Dad! Dad! I can herd them!

Dad! Dad! I can herd them!

Marty’s photo of the day #4100: “This is the moment I’ve been training for, Dad! I can herd them. Just tell me where you want them to go!”—Nellie Since Nellie is one-half Australian cattle dog, she practices herding me all the time. But with real live range cows in the American Prairie Reserve, she really, […]

Walking on water

Walking on water

Marty’s photo of the day #4083: Nellie thinks I can walk on water, and I think she can walk on water too. And when you both believe—anything can happen! My wife, Deb, shot this photo of Nellie and me a little over a week ago, at the American Prairie Reserve in central Montana. We were […]

Waterhole side-eye

Waterhole side-eye

Marty’s photo of the day #4059: Of all the dogs I’ve had in my life, Nellie is the best at giving side-eye. And I swear half the time she does it just to be funny. DNA tests have confirmed Nellie to be one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-fourth […]

The deer and the slow dog

The deer and the slow dog

A dog and her toys

A dog and her toys

Marty’s photo of the day #3936: Nellie is one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-quarter dingo). Consequently, she is the most intelligent dog Deb and I have ever had, and she requires a lot of mental stimulation. Each morning—no matter what the weather—I take Nellie to an open section […]

Nellie from Down Under

Nellie from Down Under

Marty’s photo of the day #3862: After Deb and I adopted Nellie from an animal shelter, we had her DNA tested. She is one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog (which also makes her one-quarter dingo). Those bloodlines have given her the most unique personality of any dog we’ve ever owned. Being that half […]

Nellie at Sunset #2

Nellie at Sunset #2

Marty’s photo of the day #3789: A little over a week ago, I posted a photo of Nellie playing in the water at sunset. At the time, I had two photos to choose from. Today, I am posting the photo I hadn’t selected for the original post. I’m also reposting the story below: We adopted […]

Splashing in the sunset

Splashing in the sunset

Marty’s photo of the day #3780: We adopted Nellie from an animal shelter a little over a year ago. At the time she was about nine months old. Since Deb and I live in the mountains of the Bitterroot Valley, there aren’t any lakes nearby. So last month when Nellie joined us on the trip […]

Conflicted genetics

Conflicted genetics

Marty’s photo of the day #3764: When Deb and I adopted Nellie from the animal shelter, a little over a year ago, we assumed she was a black Lab mix. A DNA test showed otherwise. She’s actually one-half golden retriever and one-half Australian cattle dog. We don’t dispute the DNA test, as we can see […]

My dingo! (Well, sort of)

My dingo! (Well, sort of)

I was completely wrong! When Deb and I adopted Nellie (then a nine-month old stray) from the animal shelter four months ago, I guessed that she was a Labrador retriever-Australian shepherd cross. As one of my Christmas presents, my son and daughter-in-law ordered a DNA test for Nellie. It turns out that Nellie is one-half […]

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