Bamboo – ‘Great expectations’
When we purchased the property in 2017 it was your typical ‘Walk in Walk out’ arrangement. Being a farm, this meant everything-house, tractors, machinery, and a dog. Yes, a dog!
The owners of the property were downsizing to a place with a small yard and were unable to take Bamboo with them, so we offered to have him stay on the farm with us.
We didn’t change his name – he owns it. Why the bamboo? Is it because he looks like a Panda and pandas eat bamboo? Or is it because he is confused about the expectations of work on the farm with his new owners – Bamboozled? Either way, we have all formed a great bond.
The old saying, “if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is usually a duck”, unfortunately, does NOT apply to bamboo. Just because he looks and barks like a “sheepdog”, doesn’t mean that he is a “sheepdog”. We try not to tell him this out loud.
Now to Bamboo’s job description – he is a lover and not herder. When we need to do any mustering bamboo sits comfortably in the front seat of the ute. Not in the back seat or the tray, but the front. This gives him the best view on the farm to watch us herd the sheep to where they should be. He has become very proficient at this.
Another one of Bamboos jobs on the farm is to notify us when customers are arriving on the property – he is also good at this. He especially loves when a bus arrives because the extra visitors on the farm mean a lot more attention.
Bamboo turned ten in 2021 and is thinking about an early retirement, but being the star sign Cancer, he still has a lot of love and undivided attention to give.
We just love him…….