A dog named Custer
Published: Thursday, January 10th, 2013
The old proverb “good things come in small packages” proves true when talking about Custer, the trick cattle dog.
Custer and his owners, Carolyn and John Mastin, moved to Custer from Minnesota and operate Pinewood Stables. The Mastins knew a decade ago they would move and retire in the Black Hills, with the intent of living on the property they purchased near Hot Springs.
“We came out here motorcycling all the time and had intentions to look for a dog out here,” Mastin said. “We knew how smart cattle dogs were and we always said the right dog would find us.”
After checking out the Black Hills Humane Society, they found Custer hiding in the corner.
“They had probably 150 dogs but he was the one we wanted to see,” Mastin said. “We took him out of the kennel and called him over and he rushed over to us. It was a no-brainer. We had to have him.”
Seven-month-old Custer, who was originally named Malcolm, made the trip back to Northern Minnesota with the Mastins and soon settled into his new life at the Mastin horse camp.
“He’s a character,” said Carolyn Mastin. “He’s definitely got a big personality.”
Custer is not only famous on the internet with his own Facebook page — with over 325 friends — but he knows and performs a wide variety of tricks.
“He didn’t know any of the tricks when we got him,” Mastin said. “So living in Minnesota with the long winters and knowing how smart these dogs are, we had to keep him occupied.”
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