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During our recent summer hiatus (more on that later!) we had the fab opportunity to do a story on Punk Cater for AQHA Journal magazine… Punk & his wife Rita live in the Lonestar State and are perhaps best known for training great cutting horses—It must be in the family genes, cause Punk, his dad, John, and his brother, Roy are all in the National Cutting Horse Hall of Fame. Even Punk’s daughter, Cassye, is in the youth HOF!

The family also raises great dogs–one of our fav breeds, the Catahoula Leopard Dog, along with Fila Brasileiros and Black Mouth Curs. As you can imagine, Cooper was all ears to hear that! Punk told us the Fila is from Brazil, and very rare here in the States. All 3 breeds are renown for their bravery and smarts, and are used on the ranch to work cattle. The Carters crossbreed the Fila and the Catahoula for their own breed: the Filahoula! A brand new litter had just arrived when we spoke…

The Carters are a terrific couple, with what you might call an ‘open door’ policy at the ranch—they’re always welcoming young people from around the planet–Australia to Slovenia to South Africa–to learn about horsemanship and life on their Texas ranch. What great ambassadors! We sure enjoyed meeting them–to read their story, check out the AQHA Journal‘s August 2010 issue, and click here to visit their website. Cooper says, “A wag of the tail to the Carters!”

Punk & Rita Carter

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Nor does anyone who ever owned a dog need to be told the sound a man makes as he bends over a dog that has been his for many years…. ¬†Eric Knight

Ol’ Jack was a working ranch dog, who knew the quiet rhythm and the intricate dance of gathering cows and calves. In the years we were their neighbors, we never saw Les and Lorraine drive by in their truck without Ol’ Jack riding lookout on the front seat between them. Theirs is surely one of the most beautiful and historic ranches on the planet, tucked into a canyon named for the call that quail make, ‘na-ha-hum, na-ha-hum.’

Of course, Ol’ Jack helped Les with other chores, too, like gathering firewood for long winters, cutting and baling hay, or repairing their 100-year-old log cabin.

Sometimes, clever little field mice made chores much more interesting!

Ol’ Jack was always on the job. There was much to do, accompanying Les and Lorraine on their rounds and working the picturesque Eagle Rock Ranch. Whether it was 20-degrees or 120-degrees, Ol’ Jack was tireless. We’re proud that such a noble dog was our friend.

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