I only have a few minutes because I need to get my butt in gear and get out and milk and then haul sheep down back because I need to be in work at 8:30 today (groaning!).
Last night I went down by myself to get the sheep. It was raining lightly and I had on my Frog Togs suit and muck boots. Wally and I had been out in the rain most of the day setting up the Shelter Logic shelter that we picked up that morning and I was about tired of being wet, but the sheep needed to be brought up.
I just took Gel with me. I opened the gate and Gel brought the sheep out. Then, because it was warm, not raining too hard and the grass looked so green and beautiful in the next field, I went in there with the sheep.
Meanwhile, Gel was about going out of his mind because Rose is now in standing heat. He continued to work, but I could see his mind was on other things.
I let the sheep drift down into the field and called Gel to me and sat up on top of the hill and watched. Gel kept trying to go to see Rose, but I told him to lie down beside me and eventually Rose drifted back down to the sheep.
As we sat there, the sheep got further and further away and were essentially strung out from one end of the field to the other. The wind was picking up and there were severe thunderstorms forecast so I figured I had better send Gel to bring the sheep up. Also, I didn’t bring a whistle with me and in the back of my mind I was thinking that Gel might not work as he should once he gets down there and without a whistle, I might be up a creek without a paddle.
I sent him to the left and he swept wide and deep bringing in the sheep that were on that side of the field, then he kept running to the right. At first I thought he was over flanking, then he stopped, perfectly, straight as an arrow on balance. Good boy! He stood there for a minute, I didn’t say anything. The sheep started to lift as a group and he brought them up. He was a bit distracted bringing them back, but he did all right.
One of these days I’m going to remember to bring a camera down with me. The scene was so beautiful with the green grass, the soft light, the sheep and a good dog.
Until later …