I may have posted something about this previously (if I have, my apologies), but every time I witness it I am no less amazed. This is not a brag, but
it's just the craziest thing I've ever seen.
We have an ACD (Australian Cattle Dog, for those unfamiliar), his name is Cisco. I've commented before I'm sure about how unbelievably fast this dog
is. I've never seen anything like it. I mean, we knew ACD's were pretty quick when we got him, but I had no idea!
When Cisco was just a pup we noticed he was pretty quick. He was just a little fella (3-4 months) and he'd take off after rabbits (we have TONS of
rabbits on our place). He'd give them a pretty good run for short distances even at that age, which was surprising. By the time he was a year old he
could run down a rabbit. As a matter of fact, the first time he actually ran one down he literally ran OVER the rabbit, sending the rabbit ass over
tea kettle flipping across the ground. The rabbit was sitting there looking around like "what just happened???", and Cisco was out in front of him
looking around like "Where'd he go???" Now I'm talking about cottontail rabbits on a flat-out sprint here, not just some rabbit sitting there
munching on grass.
Over the past 5 years this dog has gotten progressively faster, and faster...and FASTER! It is absolutely unreal how fast this dog can run. He's
like this finely tuned athlete. Over time he has realized this too, to the point where it actually seems like he trains for it even. I've always
felt we've had a problem getting Cisco to eat enough, but the vet says he is in absolutely exquisite physical condition. This dog is actually "cut",
his front shoulders are huge and his hind quarters are just solid muscle...and it's too funny because he knows this (because "mom" (my wife) always
tells him this, every morning).
So yesterday I'm out in one of our pastures with him and our Australian Shepard. The shepard spots an antelope off in a different pasture. Being a
heeler, the ACD takes off after it. This antelope had at least a 100 yard lead on him, and antelope are FAST! By the time they got to the edge of
the pasture Cisco had closed the gap and was ON him...just as the antelope dove under the fence. (Antelope don't jump fences like deer do, they go
under). I had whistled Cisco off, and he broke it off like a good dog (I don't like antelope in our pastures because they bring noxious weeds with
them...in their poop. Not so with deer, so the deer are welcome). Unreal, this dog just ran down an adult antelope who had a 100 yard head start on
him. So Cisco comes back (probably 6-700 yards or so) and we go back to what we were doing. Next thing I know he spots a rabbit. This time it's a
Jackrabbit, and it spotted him first so it sprints by him in the opposite direction. I couldn't believe my eyes with what happened next...
This dog does a 180 in the air and takes off after the Jackrabbit (which is really a 'hare', meaning it's much faster than a regular rabbit). They
both come streaking by me and the ACD is literally kicking up a rooster-tail of dirt behind him! They're both headed toward the corrals. Cisco is
gaining on him. The rabbit ducks under a corral panel and takes off. Cisco hit that corral panel at full speed, stretched out, dove under the panel
and came up running without losing a single stride. They shot across the corrals and dove under another set of corral panels, under another fence,
around the cattle loading complex (out of my view). Next thing I knew I heard a squeal and saw the rabbit sailing through the air above the alley! A
moment later that dang ACD came around the corner with that rabbit in his mouth! I kid you not, that dang dog actually ran down a Jack rabbit and
caught him on his home turf. Unreal!!
Now, I don't know how fast this dog can actually run, and I know some other breeds like Greyhounds and Whippets are fast, but I simply can't imagine
one of them being able to accomplish that.
ACD's are a funny breed; this one is skeered of his own shadow half the time, but he'll go into the corrals and take on the biggest meanest bull with
no problems. He'll step on a sticker and you'd think he was going to die with all the theatrics, but two minutes later he can get stomped on by a cow
or a bull and he acts like he didn't even feel it. And he's tough too, holy cripes! I've just NEVER seen anything move that fast, and with that
level of coordination. He'll go under a barbed wire fence, in the DARK, at full speed, not even hit it and never miss a step! I'm serious too, he
does it every day and night.
Probably should have named him...The Furry Missile.
edit on 11/25/2016 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)