Summer Sight

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Traveling along High Banks Road in the Thurston area of Springfield during around the lunch hour, you’ll often spot 74-year-old Bill Welch and his faithful Blue Heeler Butch taking a noon timeout.  Bill snoozes while Butch dutifully stands at watch on their acreage, where cattle graze in the fields near a huge old white barn.  A recent hot summer day found Butch had abandoned his usual post next to Bill’s cart for the shade inside with Bill.  Often seen with his hat tilted “sombrero style” for his daily siesta, Bill’s sons got him the cart after he had heart surgery.  When not taking a break, the pair can often be seen patrolling the property, Butch running alongside on leash getting his daily exercise.