On keeping young dogs away from stock

I finished most of Top Trainers Talk About Starting a Sheepdog; it’s okay.  I enjoyed reading all the different views on starting a young dog.  One question that was asked that was given essentially the same answer by all of the handlers was:  Do you let your little puppies just follow you around when  you […]

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Count down

I head to another ASCA trial this weekend.  As has been the case in the past, I’m very excited about going.  I enjoy ASCA trials.  We are ready  for the cattle this time around.  Unless something goes horribly wrong, we should finish Gel’s WTCH this weekend.  I think if we were faced with cattle similar […]

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The healing power of your mind

I just got off the phone with my homeopath because my finger is still giving me trouble.  We are going to switch remedies in order to get through the finger injury and then go back to my original remedy in a higher potency.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take my homeopathy kit with me to work so […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly

The Good:  Fern is going to work cattle!  I took her down with me when we brought the sheep and cattle up from the lower pasture.  Once I got the calves into the fenced-in area, I let Fern loose.  She immediately went around behind them and brought them to my feet.  She’s going to heel […]

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The “want” to work

I wrote a while back about my exchange with a woman about the “want” to work in Border Collies.  I thought that what she was looking for in a dog was more machine-like than a living, breathing, feeling animal.  I wrote her this morning, told her I was wrong and apologized.  I will admit when I’m wrong. […]

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Seeing the light

You know those moments when you see progress? When you see that there is light at the end of the tunnel? That the dog that so many people have put down over the years may turn into a really good dog, one day, maybe one day soon? We went out into the pouring rain last […]

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My Wonderful Life

I took these photographs today.  I’m using a new ultra-compact point and shoot camera that so far, I like very much.  Most ultra-compact point and shoot cameras do not have view finders, which I cannot deal with.  I can’t use an LCD screen to take photos.  The camera I’m using is a Canon A570 IS. The […]

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Update on the finger

I wrote on Thursday about my swollen finger and using homeopathy to cure it.  On Wednesday night I took at 30c (relatively low potency) of Silicea and I should have left it at that, but stupidly (yes, stupidly) I took a 1M dose on Thursday morning.  I don’t know what I was thinking; most likely, […]

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Training Update

Because I was sore from falling down the stairs on Saturday and then with the swollen finger, I haven’t done a whole lot of training this week.  I’ve used Gel to move sheep and calves around but that’s been about it.  Of course, there’s always maintenance training going on with all three dogs, especially the […]

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