by Ben Means, The Perfect Stock Dog

L.R. Alexander from Missouri and I were promoting cattle dogs back when cattle dogs weren't cool. As a side, L.R. had a duck show.  I was normally involved, usually carrying their stinkiní crate.  I watched L.R. put on several shows and got to noticing that it really helped put a polish on those tough old cattle dogs.

I didn't realize there were different duck breeds.  I bought 5 Muscovies because they were cheap. They are probably the worst, worst ducks you can use. I got them home and sort of worked them.  I had an older female that was really a good cattle dog, but she hated those ducks.  She would lay her ears back and squint her eyes when working them.

One night, after about a week, they escaped. They were making their way to the pond when I saw them.  I sent "Spot" and she intercepted all but one. This one paddled around the pond, easily out maneuvering the dog.  I got "annoyed" and tried to get Spot to grab it and kill it. No duck was going to make a fool out of my dog. That didn't work either.

I scoped the situation out.  I put in a small flat bottom aluminum boat and made myself a lariat out of some clothesline.  I'd paddle to where he was, but when I got up to rope he just dived (dove) under.  He would come up, usually 10 feet behind the boat or somewhere where you weren't expecting him.  I got to throwing the paddle at him.  My wife and kids were there by then so I had to quit throwing such a fit.

I decided they could help.  I had them wade out and put their hands on the back of the little boat.  I would stand up and they could give me a shove toward the duck.  I would already be swinging my loop.  When I said "go", they pushed the boat.  I fell backwards over the middle seat cracking my head on the back of the boat........  I opened one eye.........  They were all standing there trying to look serious.  My help made a hasty retreat back to the house, as I got up grabbing for the paddle again, cussing L.R., Muscovies, and ducks in general.

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Posted December 15, 2001