Clements: The American Farm Bureau Federation named Flint, an Australian shepherd from Utah as 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year, during the annual AFBF Convention in Austin, Texas. The contest celebrates farm dogs that work alongside farmers and ranchers to produce nutritious food for families and their pets across America. Owned by Beth and Rhett Crandall, Beth says Flint is a staple in their family.
Beth Crandall: My Grandma gifted Flint to me when he was just a puppy and I was a teenager and he has been a very important part of my life ever since then. I participated in the 4-H dog program with him and he helped me exercise my 4-H and FFA livestock all through high school. And, when Rhett and I got married about three years ago Flint became an integral part of our ranching operation.
Clements: Purina supports the contest, where dogs were judged based on their helpfulness to the farmer and their family, playfulness and their role in making life better on and off the farm. Rhett says Flint is a perfect example.
Rhett Crandall: Anytime that Flint and I go anywhere, I know that just Flint and I, we can accomplish a great deal of work together. I think this is very true for farmers and ranchers across the nation that they all have farm and ranch dogs that either help them accomplish tasks on their operations and also provide support and companionship in their homes. We are so appreciative of Farm Bureau and also Purina for putting this contest together.
Clements: Beth says the contest highlights the important role of working dogs on the farm.
Beth Crandall: I just think it’s wonderful to have this competition because we give the opportunity for the whole world to see how we use a dog, how we care for our dogs, and why we need them on our ranching operations and how important that is every day. And I just love the opportunity to do that.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Austin, Texas.