YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
'Fit' is a perfect fit for Farm Dog of the Year
By Gary Joiner
Florida rancher Cindy Deak will tell you, if asked to choose between her husband, three friends or her dog, Fit, to help work livestock, she’ll choose the dog every time. And for good reason.
Fit, a nearly six-year-old Border Collie, is this year’s Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year.
The contest celebrates farm dogs that work alongside farmers and ranchers. The American Farm Bureau Federation, with support from Nestlé Purina PetCare, recognized Fit this week at the organization’s annual meeting. A Texas dog won the award four years ago.
Fit helps move sheep and cattle from pasture to pasture and assists with feeding and other chores. She also assists Cindy in training younger dogs how to herd animals.
Cindy says Fit is an ambassador and spokesperson, so to speak, for the Border Collie breed. She says she almost didn’t nominate Fit for the award. She did so last minute, on a whim.
She was shocked, and proud, to learn of Fit’s award.
She encourages Texas owners of farm dogs to consider the contest. Nearly 100 nominations were received this year.
It’s a special award worth howling about, for both owner and dog.