I love when I have the chance to go and spend an hour or two photographing and visiting with some of my ranch clients. Being with working dogs in their element is good for the heart and soul. There is no other way to describe it than a feeling of complete.
I haven’t seen Victor or Chocolate for over a year.
Victor is a Pyrenean Mastiff from the Czech Republic. He spent twenty four hours traveling to Montana, got off the plane and was in puppy class that night. He walked in like we were all old friends, and like we had been expecting him. Wagging tail and super happy to see everyone. He has not changed one bit. Well yes he has. I could easily hold this lump of love as a puppy, now he is over 170 pounds of love. He is a working stock guardian dog in charge of his sheep. They have foxes, mountain lions, coyotes, and more around the property, so his job is very real. He is magnificent, powerful, jaw droppingly handsome, sweet when you are a friend, and very direct and appropriate when you are not. His owner has done an amazing job with socializing and training. I don’t know another stock guardian dog that knows shake, roll over, sit, down, and between 😉 Not sure if this impresses the sheep or not, but it makes Victor happy to bust his moves every now and again, me too.
Chocolate is a working line Australian Shepherd. The ‘HOT’ in Chocolates name came when she was a puppy in class a couple of years ago. All of the other dogs either wanted to be with her, or wanted to be her 😉 Mojo up one side and down the other! She is so sweet it would melt your heart, but equally as tenacious, serious, and persistent. If need be, she doesn’t take crap from anything. Such a red head 😉
So I will let the photos speak for them selves. I could easily spend every day photographing these two. While there are sheep and a guard llama in the pasture, we went for a walk in hopes of seeing the new fox that moved in, and is currently throwing out some gang signs.
Victors night time ‘predator protection collar’.
These two are such amazing friends, and Victor is so patient with Chocolates less than far antics at times…
Going for an afternoon walk through the back pastures.
An awesome afternoon! I love these two…