Trivia was a marginal cow dog of questionable
moral fiber, so it was not surprising the Sunday
morning she meandered into the barnyard pregnant.
We hoped Cody had fathered the litter, so
there would be a reasonable chance the pups might
have some value.
Such was not entirely the case.
Cody was indeed the father, but because he
was a blue-eyed, color-dilute, Australian Shepherd,
one of his progeny suffered the deafness and partial
blindness called Waardenburg’s Syndrome.
Normally, these are disqualifying
characteristics for cow dogs, so we found a nice
city lady from Dayton who wanted to adopt the white
pup in spite of his disability.
We were cheering our good fortune when Mom
announced, “No! We are keeping this pup because he
will need special care and training.”
Had it not been my senior years of high
school, I would have run away from home right then.
My brother, Blaine, tagged the pup with the
name Sonar and soon the little, white bugger was
following the other dogs every time we trailed cows.
This began the most frustrating decade of my
Imagine spending an entire
morning gathering yearlings and just when the leads
take the corral gate, Sonar jumps in front and
chases them all back into the brush.
As senseless as it was, we would all scream
at the deaf dog standing in the gate prompting Mom
to shout, “Use hand signals!”
I wanted to use hand signals all right, but
since Sonar was nearly as blind as he was deaf, for
all he knew the wild waving from the galloping
cowboys meant, “Good dog.”
than not, he would plop his backside in the middle
of the gate just to savor the wild action in his
Sadly, this became the new normal on the
Double Rafter Ranch.
Because of his disability, Sonar had no clue
he was the problem rather than the solution and this
brings me to my point.
Sonar blindly plugging the gate
is analogous to the CNBC correspondents moderating
the recent Colorado, GOP, presidential debate.
Nationwide, nearly all journalists have been
so indoctrinated by left-wing propaganda, they are
blinded by their bias and our republic suffers
greatly due to their tarnished news reporting.
None in the mainstream media will ever
question the Marxist principles underlying the
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns,
choosing instead to promote the erroneous mantra
Democrats are for poor people.
No one has suffered more economically over
the past eight years than the middle and lower
classes, yet media elites in the ruling class turn a
blind eye to this tragedy.
Sonar was born entirely deaf and 90 percent
blind, so he had an excuse.
The media are
blind and deaf by choice.