DENVER — When you go year after year to the National Western Stock Show, it becomes hard to find something new to do. But this year we ambled up on a very unique auction happening in the yards where cattle usually go up for bid.
Outside a corral full of cattle and another filled with sheep, we spotted ranchers with dogs at their side, waiting to get in with the critters inside the pens.
“These are some of the best stock-working dogs in the nation,” said Tim Gifford, who was there with his dog Buzz. “These dogs do the work of three or four cowboys. I have hired some cowboys who weren’t worth a crap, they come home drunk and are hung over the next morning. These dogs work for dog food, you can’t beat that!”
The dogs come to show and when the bidding begins many ranchers will wind up spending up to $5,000 for a good stock dog that can work livestock better than some cowboys on horseback.
Once Buzz showed his stuff, the 2-year-old from Laporte sold for about $3,600.
His owner has other ‘dancing dogs’ on the ranch. He is glad Buzz will be going to a good home in Wyoming.
Colony, Wyoming rancher Jim Dacar says with his good lines, and a ranch full of female stock dogs, he hopes to begin breeding dogs that could wind up at the National Western in years to come.