Is it a dog, or is it a machine?

Last week, I had a rather heated e-mail discussion with a woman about the qualities of certain lines of Border Collies. The woman in question is a sheep farmer. She bred for toughness in her lines. She wanted a dog who would stand its ground while a ewe rammed it until the ewe figured out […]

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Quitting

We had an episode this morning which caused me to stop and think about my relationship with my dogs and how important it is for whatever we do together. Just like yesterday morning, four of the lambs separated off from the main group. They ended up along the fence in the front pasture with the […]

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Kibble-fed Puppies

It is amazing to me the difference between a puppy consuming kibble and one eating a raw diet. Monty was with me for two weeks while his family was vacationing in Sante Fe. What a difference between his body structure and Pyro’s who is on kibble. Monty is big, but he’s lean, very coordinated and […]

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Spring is in the air

I couldn’t help but notice the signs of spring in the air this morning when I was walking the dogs. I could hear the frogs near the river and there were more birds singing that what I’ve heard recently. Some Canada Geese were on the pond. Daffodils have bloomed. Before long the time will change […]

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Back from the dead … again

I was sick with yet another head cold over the weekend into Monday. I haven’t been so sick with viral-related illnesses since I’ve moved to North Carolina. The only thing I can attribute it to is that I’m now working in a high rise building in contact with lots of people. I was miserably sick. […]

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Teeth!

Gel is so polite, he shows his teeth to stock before he uses them. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make the stock move, he needs to learn to back up his threats by connecting with those teeth if need be. I forgot I had these photos that were taken in June of 2006. This red goat was […]

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Full Moon

I love walking in the fields when there is a full moon. I don’t have to use my head lamp to see. There was frost on the grass so the entire landscape was various forms of white and grey. It was very, very pretty. My morning walks have been shortened lately by cats coming along […]

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Thoughts on ASCA trialing

I wasn’t sure what I expected going into an ASCA trial. I know I was expecting to see some good dogs, and I did see a few, but not too many. I am sure there are some good working Aussies out there, but I think they are few and far between these days. So many […]

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Monday Update

Well, we blew the Ranch Trial. I think we were both tired and certainly not on our game. The draws were very, very strong and quite frankly, I’m not sure how we could have kept the sheep from escaping when they did. The judge said that Gel’s work in the chute was adequate, but not […]

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Sunday Update

As I write this, the county that I am in is under a tornado watch and we are getting severe thunder showers. I’m glad the trial finished early so we didn’t have to trial in this weather and that I am don’t have to drive home in it. I was very glad to hear during […]

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