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AussieChick
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Cindy
Ravensbourne QLD
Australia
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Posted - Jan 10 2021 :  5:28:05 PM  Show Profile
I have been working on my Farmgirl's Best Friend merit badge recently and came across this poem about the "Blue Heeler" (the Australian cattle dog developed for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain):-

Blue Queensland Dogs
Lex McLennan

The story of their coming perhaps some grey-beard knows,
As through the years forgotten their line of breeding goes;
But where the bushland saga in horsemen's gear is dressed,
The brave blue dogs of Queensland are treasured east and west.

Scourge of the mountain scrubber, bane of the mulish steer,
The terror of the wild dog, who hunts the homestead near;
The guardian of the children; and when the daylight wanes
The comrade of the lone man who camps upon the plains.

Not once or twice it happened that when a good horse fell
And left a battered rider where he alone could tell,
While staunch mates raked the ridges and sought him far and wide,
A brave blue Queensland heeler kept vigil at his side.

The good blue dogs of Queensland! The pals of sunbrowned men.
Who bring the range-run bullocks to yard and trucking pen.
And southward to the Murray and westward out to Perth
They bless the great grey northland that gave the blue dogs birth.



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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
USA
5797 Posts

Posted - Jan 11 2021 :  03:35:04 AM  Show Profile
Cindy loved the poem. Here in Texas we call them Austrian shepherds where they are much loved. My sister's Molly was rescued from the animal shelter and is now happy protecting Betty's farm from coyotes and other critters.

FarmGirl Hugs, Sara
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 2014
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
USA
4871 Posts

Posted - Jan 11 2021 :  12:42:24 PM  Show Profile
Cindy, thank you for sharing. I also have a cattle working dog. She is a border collie mix. But over the years she has become lazy and chunky. But in her youth she loved to work and run and protect. Good luck with your merit badge.

Krista
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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

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April
Central Oregon
USA
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Posted - Aug 01 2021 :  09:06:05 AM  Show Profile
Fantastic poem! Suits so many of our "best friends".

Dreamer42
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Aug 01 2021 :  4:40:08 PM  Show Profile
Cindy, thanks for sharing this poem. When we got to visit Ireland a few years ago we got to visit a sheep farm where their Australian(?? I think this is the correct word) Sheep dogs round up an entire herd of sheep alone. It was amazing to watch! The owner says that the dogs hate it when they have to have a day off to rest. Beautiful and brave they are!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
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Posted - Aug 05 2021 :  5:52:41 PM  Show Profile
Funny. Great poem and it actually choked me up a bit!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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