I just did my now maybe-once-a-week perusal of the “other” Border Collie Blogs. Yuck, or should I say “muck?” God, it seems like every day a new person puts up a Blog. Then everyone else adds the new Blog to their “Blog Roll.” I am not your general run-of-the-mill person: I’m quite different and individual in my feelings, what I write about and what I do. As of today, we are no longer going to be called a “Blog”; instead, this is a “Journal.” My cat journal is referred to as Natural Rearing Notes, it was never called a Blog.
On one Blog I noted the writer accused certain people of “spying” on her. Ah, duh, it’s a public “Blog;” no one is “spying” on it because you are making it available for anyone to read (or not read) it. Shaking head in disgust.
Okay, now that I got my obligatory evilness out for the day I can go on with the good stuff.
When I got home last night it was still raining. It had rained most of the day, a slow, steady rain, just what we needed. I was a weeny and didn’t want to get wet so I threw a ball for my dogs and called it a day for them. Came back in the house and started to clean and process rabbits. I took in two very young kittens to foster on Tuesday and they trashed their cage and it stunk to high heaven. I cleaned their cage, cleaned them up and let them run around the kitchen while I cleaned up after rabbit processing. Fern is absolutely fascinated by the kittens. I’m not sure what she thinks they are. She tries to herd them, poor Fern, Josey corrupted you. You cannot herd cats, even little tiny ones. Fern really needs to work and I really need to get my butt in gear and start working her. Tonight would be a good night to start, but tonight is bike night. I mapped out a new route this morning. The previous one was a bit too travelled for me to feel comfortable riding. We’ll see how the new route is. It is a bit hillier so it will be a challenge. While I suppose training my dogs should be top priority, my health is very important to me, so ride the bike I will.
I’m still on the fence about whether I’m going to get some goat kids to work Fern on or not. I started Gel on goats and in retrospect, I should have left him on goats longer than I did. Yes, I made some mistakes with Gel, but all in all, he’s a good working dog, so I probably should do the same thing with Fern. The lambs that I have at the house are really not appropriate to work a young dog on. Of course, I can’t do much work until they mow the fields which isn’t going to happen for at least a few days given the rain we got yesterday. I have had Fern on the calves and she’s doing very well on them, but she hasn’t been kicked yet and I’d rather she wasn’t kicked at this age. Fern does heel which will be very helpful down the road.
Hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to go to Salisbury on Saturday for an agility lesson. I expect the bike riding I’ve been doing is going to help my endurance on the agility field. I am going to be embarassed at where Fern is with her agility training.
Must get butt in gear.