Farming is tough, physical work, and for many farmers, especially in small and mid-sized operations, a disability can prove disastrous. But PHARM Dog USA is aiming to help.
Jackie Allenbrand first conceived of PHARM Dog USA—the acronym stands for Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri, though the company isn’t constrained to the state—in 2005, at a farm show. There she met a farmer with a story: “He had a partial leg amputation, and he was telling me about his Border Collie named Weasel,” says Allenbrand. “He said, ‘I can send Weasel out to get my cattle and all I have to do is sit at the gate and close it behind me, and that really saves me a lot of time.’” Allenbrand, a cattle farmer in northern Missouri, near the Iowa border, suddenly realized that farm dogs had so much more potential. Seven years later, in 2012, Allenbrand started PHARM Dog …
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