Mexican Jumping Bean Sheep

I believe I have been the lucky recipient of a rare breed of sheep: Mexican Jumping Bean Sheep. About six months ago, Wally purchased five young black-headed Dorper ewe lambs from the auction. He got them when they were likely just weaned. They are cute as can be: little, round beasts with black heads. Can […]

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Back to the drawing board

I probably should have stayed home, laid on the couch in front of the kerosene heater and watched movies, but no, I took advantage of a trial within reasonable driving distance to get mileage on the dogs, me and of course, the car. The sheep were much worst on Sunday than they were on Saturday. […]

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Quick Update

The weather forecast for yesterday said 30% chance of rain; it rained all day, sometimes downpours with thunder and lightning. All in all, pretty miserable weather for trialing, but I can’t get upset with rain, never again. Our results were a mixed bag. For our Pro-Novice run, Gel lost no points on his outrun and […]

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Sad story

On Friday, I talked to a guy I knew from trialing. I’ve tried to contact him over the past six months or so, but got no response. I hadn’t seen him listed in any running orders in some time now so I know he hasn’t been trialing. He’s now selling all of his Border Collies […]

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Panels

Unfortunately, I worked a bit late last night and didn’t have as much time as I wanted to work my dogs. I have been working on a very complicated transaction at work since before Thanksgiving. I probably have about 300 hours into it at this point. It almost closed the beginning of December, then went […]

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Red Creek Trial

I can’t believe I’m actually excited about going to a USBCHA trial. I am usually either terrified or dreading it, or both. For the first time I feel comfortable with our abilities to run in a USBCHA trial. I’m anxiously waiting for the running orders to be posted. Carol Anne told me this morning that […]

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The best laid plans …

When I wrote yesterday that I’d try to take some videos of Gel’s work in the side pasture, I forgot that I had to re-set my ElectroNet (see a photo of ElectroNet below). Normally, I wouldn’t need to move it so soon, but (1) it was blocking my Landlord’s access to their cabin and the […]

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Why the WTCH

You may wonder why I’m so intent on finishing Gel’s WTCH (ASCA Working Trial Champion) title when he isn’t an Australian Shepherd. About five years ago now, I researched what breed of dog I wanted to work with. While I considered Border Collies, I thought they’d be too much dog for me and settled with […]

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Cattle Trials

This morning, I put my entries for the USBCHA cattle trial in April in our out-going mail bin at work; then after thinking about it for a few hours, went to retrieve the envelope and tore it up. I said earlier that I was going to trial Gel in USBCHA cattle trials and I’m going […]

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Videos

Since I’m not going to agility tonight, which is probably a good thing given that I need to move my ElectroNet, I thought I might set my video camera up on a tripod and do a video of Gel’s work out in the field. It’s supposed to be a beautiful day, 70 degrees and sunny. […]

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