It’s Not a Farm Without a Good Dog (or Cat)
We can’t get enough of seeing pictures of our farmer-owners’ farm dogs and cats. We want to boop all the snoots!
But don’t let the puppy-dog eyes, belly rubs, and milk moustaches fool you. These dogs and cats are more than pets—they’re also working members on our organic farms.
Many farm dogs are also trained to herd or guard animals, and some small dogs like terriers are bred to catch mice or underground pests. Cats are obviously mousers and good pest control for barns, but they’re also custodians, graciously “cleaning up” any spilled milk. We’ve even seen a couple cats deigning to give the occasional massage.
Here are some of our favorite farm dog and cat moments. We hope this brightens your day like they did ours!
This mastiff is taking just a short break from farm work for a tiny kitten massage. (Gretebeck Farm, Wisconsin)
Little dogs make great farm dogs too! (Johnston Farm, Oregon)
Those eyes are always watching for a misplaced drop of milk. (Voegeli Farm, Wisconsin)
Great Pyrenees dogs are great guard dogs, but they are also gentle giants—perfect for guard duty for this flock of curious chickens. (Toews Farm, Colorado)
Just chillin’ waiting for the next tractor ride. (Hoffner Farm, North Carolina)
Payment for these cats’ mousing services is easy—a daily dish of fresh milk. (Martin Farm, Ohio)
Three-legged puppers make excellent farm dogs too! (Perkins Farm, West Virginia)
Meet n’ Greet. (Klaphake Farm, Minnesota)
The image of devotion if we ever saw one. (Ranck Farm, Pennsylvania)
Having the run of the barn is the best! (Witmer Farm, Virginia)
Farming is hard work, so it’s always nice to have a bit of company that knows how to make you laugh during the day. (Beard Farm, Iowa)
Riding in trucks is the best! (Mahaffy Farm, Oregon)
Insert hero theme music here. (Beard Farm, Iowa)
Just a farm girl and her farm pup. (Westaby Farm, Illinois)
“If you clean my head, I’ll clean yours.” (Ranck Farm, Pennsylvania)
There’s nothing like a swim on a hot summer day! (McMahan Farm, Washington)
We can learn a lot from dogs, such as the value of occasionally pausing in our work to enjoy some pats and snuggles. (Leisso Farm, Wisconsin)
We have so many more pictures of farm dogs and cats and, of course, cute cows out on pasture that we want to share with you. So be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for your daily dose of animal love!
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