They say the family that plays together stays together, and Travis, Tamika, Tee and True Graves—and one of two pooches who completes their tribe—are living proof. Yogi is a gamer, and has been teaching Tee and True all about timing cattle (and canines) during downtime at rodeos and ropings. Betty’s a poodle-prima donna mix, and is having no part of being a team roping training tool.
“Yogi loves it,” said TG, who’s about to rope at his 13th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 2008, this year behind Dustin Egusquiza., and demands very little of Yogi on the happy-hopping front. “Betty never gets roped. She would never allow that.”
TG demands very little of Yogi on the happy-hopping front, so the Graves kids are learning all about navigating trotters, shufflers and occasional draggers. Yogi also gets love and hugs after every run, so everybody wins.