Thursday, July 30, 2009
‘Cowboy’ befriends cowboy Bolden
By SUE WATSON
Several years ago Jerry Bolden was looking for a red heeler to help him with his cow herd. He was interested in adopting one.
“I had talked to the Humane Society and told them if they found a red heeler to call me,” he said.
When Bolden got his call to come look at the red heeler they had in the shelter he went out to look at the 8-month-old dog with a narrow head. He is used to the wide headed variety of red heelers. This one looks like the ones raised in southeast Oklahoma, he said.
He wasn’t interested and asked the folks at the animal shelter to give him a call if they found another one. With that he turned and walked back to his Ford Ranger accidentally brushing and bumping the truck bed.
To Cowboy, the red heeler who was about to be rejected, that bump was just the signal.
Taking a flying leap, Cowboy jumped into the back of Bolden’s pickup. For Bolden that settled the issue. Cowboy is about 2 years old now and rides with Bolden in the back of his Ford truck everyday unless the weather is too extreme.
“When I get up in the morning he is lying in the truck waiting,” said Bolden. “He sleeps in the truck at night. He’s scared I’m going to leave him at home. He rides everyday. When it gets too hot, I make him stay home.”
In the wintertime, Bolden puts a doghouse in the back of the truck so Cowboy can get out of the weather. Cowboy’s favorite spot to stand or sit in the truck is on top of the tool box. He rides standing and never falls off.
Bolden said he is a great cow dog.
“He has saved me more than 1,000 miles; he’s one of the best working cow dogs I’ve ever had.”
Bolden ought to know what it takes to make a good cow dog. He is the owner of J Bar B Rodeo and manager of the Deep South Rodeo Association which he formed. Bolden holds dozens of rodeos a year all over the South.
Bolden said the dogs at the Humane Society's adoption center in Holly Springs have been said by many of his friends to make good dogs.
“I honestly believe those dogs that come from the shelter make some of the best dogs,” he said. “Most of the time they have just been abused or haven’t been loved. You put in some time with them and they make good pets. If anybody is looking for a pet, that’s the place to start. I know several people who have gotten dogs out there that are just as smart as he (Cowboy) is.”
To volunteer with the Humane Society, become a member, provide pet food, make a donation or adopt a cat or dog, call 662-564-2900.
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