Watch the stock, not the dog!

That’s something newcomers are always told and in general, that’s the way it should be, but I wonder if the same thing applies if you are moving stock in the pitch dark.

I didn’t go out to put up the sheep and goats until it was very dark, almost 9:00 PM.  The were on the far side of the ElectroNet and the only way I knew they were there was because the light from my head lamp was reflecting off their eyes.  I sent Gel to the right expecting that he’d bring the sheep and goats through the alleyway that was created by the ElectroNet on one side and the house on the other. 

The problem was, once I sent him, I couldn’t be sure where he was or if he was even there!  Add in to the confusion cats and kittens running in the same area as the sheep and goats.  Which reflecting eyes belonged to what animal?  I kept asking Gel up, but there wasn’t much movement going on.

As it turned out, the goats and sheep were not in the same area, the sheep were further out.  Gel brought them around the front of the house and I put them up in the ElectroNet, then sent him for the goats.  Those he brought through the alleyway.

Oh, what fun I have sometimes!

I was very agitated about the economy and my job situation last night when I got home.  I didn’t sleep well.  I decided that I was going to just hang-in and take things as they come.  So far, there have been no lay-offs at my firm and there may not be any.  We are all in a holding pattern.  I am billing at least four hours a day so I know I’m in better shape than some paralegals.  Whatever happens, happens.  I’ll have to figure out a way to make due.  I’ve done it before …

2 Replies to “Watch the stock, not the dog!”

  1. I really enjoyed the “Gel’s Open Ranch Run” video you put up :o) even if I didn’t understand the course rules well enough. I haven’t been around a stock dog since the 40s when my uncle had one to work the sheep he ran (I still have a picture of the dog) – we didn’t use a dog with the cattle.

    Some years back when I was still raising sheep and pigs, I remember a day when I wanted the sheep in the back pasture so I could work on the front pasture fence. I usually led them around with a coffee can of feed, but this time these new yearlings wouldn’t be persuaded, so I brought my lead sled dog out with me on a leash (he had different instincts :o). Of course that didn’t work either, because I didn’t have a full grasp of the natural situation. I ended up just tying his leash to the fence where I was working, and they stayed clear of the opening until I finished.

    The point being, I guess, is knowing the dog well enough and trusting them. I was reminded of this in reading about your “after dark” adventures. Back in the 60’s, alone on a dog sled overnight outing, I got caught in a blizzard and had no idea where I was headed. Fortunately I had sense enough to trust the dogs, and they brought me through. A long story with a few mishaps along the way, that I might write about some day if I get beyond my current kick.

    I hope all works out well for you with your job situation. With a society in which manipulation is so prevalent, these crises are going to occur on a regular basis. This sort of situation also has an effect on my retirement fund, so it’s good that SS can help. Of course, the only equities in my portfolio are renewable energy companies – I figure they’ll either go somewhere or it wont matter :o)

    My best to you and yours,
    Lee C

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