I is good boy: A day in the life of Baloo, Lead Farm Dog Specialist


It's an exciting week for the Rathgebers' Thymes! This week marks the first installment of the Rathgebers' Thymes blog posts as written from a notable farm and wildlife contributor, Baloo! Our notable Lead Farm Dog Specialist offered to share a day in the life at Rathgebers' Garten for you with his helpful tips on where to find the best drinking puddle and possum carcasses in the area! Our usual contributor (Mallory) will be back next week as we prepare for the first CSA deliveries a mere 15 days away!  More soon!!

Hi. Hi hi hi hi hi. 

I is Baloo. I farm dog with Dustin. Dustin is hooman, though. This important distinction.

I is good for most part. Them chickens like me, but I not so popular with the rabbit-folk.  Win some, lose some- I guess. 


When roosters not sleep and sun behind trees, I must start my smell checks of farm. Smell rounds must are done by Lead Farm Dog Specialist. Me sniff for possums, raccoons, rabbits, and deer- critters who eat veggies not welcome on my watch. 

I run alongside Dustin when he drives machine horse to plant rows. I catch him, sometime he catch me. 

Dustin spend time digging in plant rows. Must be gopher to make hooman dig so much in plants. I help smell for gophers but I not understand what need for so much digging. Dustin pick veggies and give to machine horse. 

When most hot, Dustin and I race to far house for food. I choose crunchy brown circles and gallon of puddle water. It been good year for puddle water- strong notes of table scraps and compost. 

When we go back to farm, I smell for dead possum- a decadent treat for Lead Farm Dog Specialist. I is hungry just thinking about possum.

When sun behind hill, Dustin and I work in dog den. Dustin splash in water, and put veggies in cold, dark room. I check shoes and floors for smells to keep perimeter critter free. 

Long day for Lead Farm Dog Specialist. I go dog cave for sleep. Me have so much energy, but need sleep so is good dog and do smell checks again. 

Farm life is best life for me, I do good job. I is good boy.