Sweet Baby Jo herds the cattle and keeps her human safe.
It's always been a tough job for Alda Owen, who runs a cattle farm in Missouri and is legally blind, the Seattle Times reports.
Then one day a bull slammed a gate into her leg. She needed 60 stitches, and her daughter decided Alda needed some help.
That help came in the form of Sweet Baby Jo, a border collie specially trained to help farmers like Alda through a unique nonprofit called PHARM Dog USA, or Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri.
Alda got Sweet Baby Jo in 2012. “She’s made it possible for me to be a productive person, to keep the life we’ve built,” she says.
PHARM Dog USA operates on a shoestring budget. Its founder, Jackie Allenbrand, is committed to helping disabled farmers.
“People think of farmers as rugged and tough,” Jackie said. “When you see a big, burly farmer crying after they get a dog because they know they can keep farming, you see what a difference it’s making. That’s what drives us.”
Read the full story: