An LPGA Golfer’s Passion for Pets

by DFS-Pet-Blog on February 18, 2010

The following is the 1st post by our new guest author, Wendy Ward.

Hello Fellow Pet lovers,

Wendy Ward with her dogs.

Wendy Ward with her dogs.

My name is Wendy Ward. I live up on a 300 acre cattle ranch in Edwall, Washington, about 40 miles west of Spokane. My husband Nate Hair and I have 3 horses, 4 dogs, and Outlaw, the barn cat, along with our own cow/calf beef operation called Rock Creek Cattle Company.

Wintertime keeps us well occupied as we calve out in early spring. January is especially busy checking fences, getting pastures, pens and water troughs ready for the mother cows and their newcomers. Our quarter horses and 2-year-old Border Collie cow dog Jessie are such great assets. They help us round up the cattle and move them into our “maternity pasture”.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Jessie can do just about anything you ask-she can “get around, come by, step up, steady, down, and get a-hold!” We still think her specialty is her patience. She doesn’t like to stir up the cattle but rather slowly step up and lock in, eye to eye with the cattle, as if she’s staring a hole right through them! Meanwhile our other dogs-Tanner (yellow lab), Tucker (Border Collie mix) and 1 yr old Tip (McNab/Kelpie Mix) just sit back on the truck and watch her do her job.

Wendy and her Border Collie, Jessie.

Wendy and her Border Collie, Jessie.

And speaking of jobs, the ranch is really my husband’s full-time occupation. I just tag in off and on throughout the year as his ranch hand. But my true profession is playing golf on the LPGA tour. I travel about 25 weeks a year and have done so for the past 15 years. I love to take the dogs with me if the events are in driving distance. This doesn’t happen near as often as I would like but it is fun having them out with me when I’m on the road.

I certainly love golf, but it goes without saying if you know me; you know my greatest passion can be found back at the ranch, with my husband and four-legged friends.


About the Author: Wendy Ward, LPGA player, started playing golf at the age of 7 and credits her instructor Doug Brooke, Lori Brock, Betty Dodd, and her family as the individuals most influencing her career. She married Nate Hair on Sept. 26, 1998. Her hobbies include playing the piano and guitar, fly fishing and camping, and working with and training dogs. Wendy qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt and currently lives in Washington state on a 300 acre cattle ranch with 4 dogs, 4 horses, and over 130 head of cattle. Her dogs occasionally travel with her on Tour.


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