If you were a sheep

Would you move if this were coming at you?

I got some nice pictures of Fern yesterday that I will process and put up at some point.  I did a new header image which you will see if you hit refresh a few times.  I worked her, took pictures and then when it came time to work Gel, Red drove up with his truck and told me that he was going down to change the water filter under my house.  The faucet where the hose goes into my well was leaking and I wanted him to try to fix that so I cut Gel’s training session short and road down with him.  Then it was time to go to work.

Luckily the cut me a bit early last night.  I am not a night person.  By 8 PM I was all but crashing on my feet. Walmart measures cashiers’ performance by what’s called Items Per Hour (“IPH”).  They want to see an IPH of at least 300.  Mine was up to 419 last night which is the highest its been so far.  Lots of people got paid so they were shopping.  Most everyone paid in cash.  My register was over flowing with twenties.  Handling money slows things down.  They let me leave around quarter of ten and was I ever glad.  I still didn’t get to sleep until almost midnight.

I didn’t say anything before now, but Rose (my livestock guard dog) went missing a few days ago.  I left her up at the Christmas Tree Farm with the sheep.  She doesn’t like the sheep as much as the goats and I purposely left her up there with just the sheep.  When I went up in the evening to bring the sheep home, Rose wasn’t there.  No one had seen her.  She must have escaped quite early on and didn’t make her way back home. I called local Animal Control to report her missing and spent quite a bit of time scouring the woods and fields for her, but she was not to be found.

Wally picked me up this morning to go to breakfast and I asked him to take a different route to our usual breakfast place.  It’s a road that essentially parallels my road, separated by woods and fields.  It’s the only place in the general area that has a lot of animals.  I almost didn’t see her.  She was lying next to a white house.  Was I ever glad to find her!  You don’t realize how much you depend on four legged security until it is missing.  She was very, very, very happy to get back to her goats!

In addition, Wally brought Cian back with him this morning.  I cannot tell you how happy I am to get him back!  I just got in from taking Fern, Gel and Cian for a run (Esme road with me on the ATV) so I have three happy dogs lying at my feet.  In a few minutes I have to take the sheep, goats and Rose up to the Christmas Tree Farm.  I’m scheduled to do a sheepdog demo up there at 11 and 2:00.  My Landlord called last night to tell me the Hickory Daily Record (local paper) will be up there at 2:00 doing a story on the Farm so maybe we will be included.  I plan to use Cian as well as Fern and Gel for the demo.  It will be interesting to see if he remembers what I taught him.  His recalls are still solid.  Hopefully Wally will be able to come back up there at 2 and take some videos.

I cannot tell you how good it was to see Wally again.

Off to move sheep and goats.