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GiGi was the first of four dogs to sell in the Western Bloodstock Select Cow Dog Sale at the NCHA Futurity. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

Cowboy’s Best Friend

It is said that dogs are man’s best friends. Cowboys take it one step further — working dogs are their best friends. Their appreciation for quality herding dogs was made clear during the NCHA Futurity Sales, where four dogs brought total gross sales of $32,500 in the Select Cow Dog Demonstration & Sale on Dec. 8.

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Talented cow dogs were in high demand in Fort Worth this year. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska

Gigi, a 2016 grade female who was consigned by Scott Fisher, was first in the ring as Lot 01D. Sale attendees in Fort Worth, Texas, gathered around the arena to watch her work the cattle in the Watt Arena. She impressed Ryan Williams, the buyer, to the tune of $5,200.

The 2016 male C7 Chief was next in the pen. He rode horseback with consignor Teryn Muench before dismounting to work his cattle. A son of RH Hank out of Sage, “Chief” arrived at the sale with two years of training for the Southwest Cattle Dog Trial to his credit. Todd Jessen took him home after the hammer fell at $7,300 for the dog.

Onlookers got a special treat when the next pair of consignments came into the arena. Lot 03D, Daybells Dozer, and Lot 04D, Daybell Jewell, worked individually and together to put on an impressive show of cattle-handling skills. Roy Cox was the agent for both dogs.

Daybells Dozer topped the sale session when James Butler paid $11,500 for the 2016 male (Daybellswalker x Daybells Grace), earning a round of applause from sale-goers. Jason Lindner purchased Daybell Jewell, a 2015 female (JJ x Pepper), for $8,500.

Along with their well-trained cattle dogs, each buyer at the Western Bloodstock Select Cow Dog Sale received “up to a week’s [worth of] schooling for the buyer to ensure the transition from seller to buyer goes smoothly,” according to the sale catalog.