Boyd Ranch is located in the foothills of the Manzano Mountains, southeast of Mountainair. It is in a beautiful setting and we had lots of fun just driving in. We want to thank Curt and Susan Boyd and Theresa Gorduyn for their hospitality.
Our initial thought was to get another female, but by the time we made the trip we had decided on a male. We found two brothers from one of the litters that we really liked. We worked very hard to decide which one we wanted, and ended up not making a decision and taking them both.
One is a black tri-color.
The other is a blue merle.
As I mentioned earlier, these dogs are bred for work, not primarily for show, and the parents of this litter both work cattle as their day jobs. Here is a picture of the father, Tucker, who we didn't get to see as he was elsewhere engaged in breeding duties. He's a black tri, as you can see.
Here's the mother, Skidboot, who is a blue merle.
Here's a picture of Skidboot at work. I'll quote from Skidboot's profile that the Boyds have put on their website:
"Our dogs typically do not work cattle without us, but one morning I caught Skidboot (and her BFF Chappy) independently moving heifers in a pasture by the house under a nearby tree. It was very hot out and Chappy was bringing them in (a few at a time) to Skidboot who then held them under the tree. We are sure Skidboot was the one giving the orders because she was in the shade while Chappy had to work in the sun!"
Sounds like my kind of dog! The boys are still with Skidboot and we'll be back down to pick them up in another three weeks.