Here are some photos of Edie at work. Edie is a Bouvier des Flandres which is a French-Belgium cattle-herding and cart-pulling dog. Like all Bouviers, Edie has always needed a job. One day about a year ago, I took Edie with me to our local Saturday Farmer's Market, and Edie decided that was her job. Now, Edie has always been quite shy--but at Farmer's Market she loves to be petted and talked to by strangers. Edie has always wanted to meet other dogs, but she's really big and she has always approached a little to quickly for most dogs' liking. However, at Farmer's Market she only approaches dogs with permission (which is our rule with all of our dogs) and she is quite gentle about it. (She has, however, developed a rather inexplicable love of Dachshunds of all sizes, colors and coat-types, and seems to want one of her own!) Edie has always been my "wild child" even though she's been through multiple obedience classes, agility class and a heel class. However, at Farmer's Market, people always comment about what a calm and quiet dog she is. ...she's working....she needs to be quiet. She stands quietly and patiently by my side as we wait in some pretty long lines to buy our produce. She wears a back-pack and carries our groceries. Edie looks forward to every Saturday morning so she can go to work!
The moral of the story is, if you have a big unruly wild child for a dog, find a job that they like!