January 26, 2012

Energy and persistence conquer all things. — Benjamin Franklin

I put this photo and quote up today because I was hoping its sentiment would rub off — I need energy and persistence today. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the same tenacity of spirit as the Hangin’ Tree Cowdogs in this photo.

This photo was shot on the Cottonwood Ranch near Cottonwood Falls, Texas several years ago. The man on the horse is Charlie Trayer. I helped Charlie write a book and make video on how train the amazing dogs he helped make popular among ranchers.

I can remember one of the first filming days on the video, we decided to video Charlie gathering heifers. I set up with the camera on a tripod — in the middle of 800 or 1000 acres on a the flatbed ranch truck. Not a cow in sight. Charlie set off with two or three dogs. “I’ll be back,” he said. I got comfortable. It was going to be awhile, I was pretty sure of that.

About 15 minutes later, over the horizon, Charlie appears — followed by a calm, cohesive herd of heifers urged on by the Hangin’ Tree Cowdogs. Charlie rode right up to the truck, and the heifers followed as obediently as if they were the dogs. It was quite amazing. I can remember being in total awe of how easy he and those dogs made it all look.

Energy and persistence, yes indeed.

Charlie has since moved on to Texas. You can find him here: http://www.charliescowdogs.com/


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