Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Emma, the 14 yr old, also needed to be done as she didn't have her teeth done for many years. She also had sharp points. Last week, Dr Hank Greenwald come over to do the teeth floating. He is my horse vet and lives in Preston. If you need a good horse vet, email me and I will give you his info.
Dr Greenwald with Emma. She got a happy shot and was in LaLa Land.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I have won trials but never got a cool trophy like this. Dirk gave them out to the first place Open winners at each of his five trials. It has a sheep and a details of the trial. (click to see larger view)
The date says March 21 but the trial was moved to March 28, in case you noticed that detail on the trophy. Our score was 84 and it was the highest Open score over the 5 trial series!!
Her first leg of the drive. That part of the course is very tough and Lucy just marched the sheep through that part. We had a bit of a bobble on the drive but she had wonderful flanks. We had a tiny lamb fall down at the first fetch panel so we tucked the three upright lambs next to her and waited until the lamb got up and we went on. We had several lambs fall down in the early morning runs in the Open division.
After our run and I was telling her that she was a good dog. She tried very hard and I was happy. Give us a few months and we should be clicking well again.
Clapping for the PN winner. Brian in making some statement next to me!! Or maybe a joke?
Pearse Ward got third place in Open with his Riel!! That was a nice run.
Jim Cooper and Zot tied for first but lost on the outwork. Here is Jim getting his second place ribbon. Jim and Donna are the nicest couple!!
- Nan got first place and 3.4 point towards the Finals
- We got a Trophy - whoo hoo....
- We placed 4th overall of the 5 trials- combined points for the Winter series and as a result got a special invite for the Double Lift Finals in May at Dirk's Trial
- She got the highest Open score over the 5 trials
- Nan and really clicked today
- Lucy came back super well trained and was super pushy!!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The already-reeling "consensus" supposedly linking climate change to CO2 is about to receive its final coup-de-grace from a remarkable new result announced in a press conference today by Dr. Ewe Noh-Watt of the New Zealand Institute of Veterinary Climatology . Noh-Watt and his co-workers, describing work funded by a generous grant from the Veterinary Climate Science Coalition, declared "We have seen the future of climate — and it is Sheep." ...more...
Now she has backed he up a couple of more feet, very slowly and with tons of patience.
Still backing her up one step at a time. It's very slow and steady as the lamb was just wandering about, oblivious to all of this.
Now Tess has backed the ewe about 20 feet to the well house lawn. See how intense here eyes are? Notice the white in her ears and around her muzzle.
Friday, March 27, 2009
She maybe tiny but is one brave dog. She works cattle also.
Walking forward on her sheep. See the intensity in her eyes.
Oh, did I forget to mention her cute pointy ears?
And those adorable red freckles?
Nice and purposeful stride. Very confident on stock.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Scott also has Roo and he is running him for me in Open. Roo is the Uncle to Lucy. His littermate, Koko is Lucy’s dam. Therefore, Scott has trained and run three generations of my dogs. First, starting with Tess, then with Jackie and Roo (Tess x Pleat) and now Lucy (granddaughter of Tess and Pleat).
Interestingly enough, Roo and Lucy are red and white. Both dogs were sold as pups and then came back to me as adults. Roo was sold to Ron Green and now we co-own him and I run him. Lucy came back from the Reed’s when Dick became too allergic to dogs after a severe asthma attack. As pups, both pups were my favorites in the litters and I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to get them back.
Scott headed over here on his twice-yearly jaunts for clinics and lessons and made his stop at Heppner. He ran Roo and Lucy in Open.
This was Lucy’s first debut as an Open dog. Roo ran last year but was a bit rough so Scott fine tuned him and it paid off. I am sure all eyes were on him as he went to the post with two red dogs. I am glad it was he and not I!
I posed my fingers on the refresh button to see when Jenn would update the trial blog. I know a number of folks who did the same. Much thanks to Scott who stood in the wind and rain to call in the scores to Jenn who then posted them. Thanks to both of them!!
Was I ever doing the happy dance when I read the blog. Lucy held her own the first day and Roo place third. On the second day, Lucy placed 5th, she had a one eyed-blind ewe that was an issue in the shedding ring, and she got the pen. Roo placed 7th and point wise he tied for Lucy as they both got 78. Overall, for the two day combined, Roo placed third. Not bad for two red dogs! I heard from the grapevine that Scott could have given a *handler’s clinic* with his runs at Heppner. Also, that my dogs looked great and were any of them for sale? (not a fat chance is the answer!!)
So, Lucy has some points towards the Finals and now I have to get more points so we can go. Nan has enough point or close to it. If Roo continues to run well for Scott and he is one of the best two Open, then Scott will run Roo at the Finals. So, I am hoping that Roo continues on his good streak and does well for Scott.
I will be running Lucy this weekend at Dirk’s trial so I hope we reconnect well. Scott did a great, no, make that FANTASTIC job is cleaning up her flanks and fixing the top of her outrun as well as shedding etc….so that now she runs like a star. Scott even said she was one of the best dogs as well as other super nice things about her.
Scott came over here on Monday and we worked dogs. He gave me some tips on Nan, which will help me quite a bit. He also got to see Rainey work and was happy with what I was doing and to keep on doing that. By the time, it came to work, Belle, I was beat so he worked her and gave me a lesson plan. He also showed me how to work Lucy and Sava so I could continue down the Path of Goodness. And most of all, he didn’t laugh (too loudly) at my handling and fall on the ground in complete hysterics at my *cat strangling whistles*……however, he did say, “hmmmmm”
Then he got out Maid and Don and put them through their paces. Wow, they are such stellar dogs and they just looked smooth. My field is about 650 yards long and his dogs put the sheep wherever Scott wanted. I was bragging how my yearling Cluns would be light but that day, they decided to be sluggish. I do not know if it was because they just ate or it was late evening, being also wet and cold. It made moving them a bit of a challenge.
It was a fun working session and by the time we got home, Getty had homemade Jambalaya ready for us. Chuck dropped off some homemade brew so that was a bonus. We watched Japan beat Korea in baseball and that was good news in our household as I am of Japanese heritage.
Lucy, Rainey, Tess and Nan also cheered on the Japanese baseball teams. Red dogs rule and especially so under the fine handling of Scott Glen.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here is the black and white WOLF sneaking up on the ewes. Tess is going very slow.
She now has to get off the hay bale and sneak down to the ground without scaring the sheep,
She wedges herself next to the ewe. You can see the lambs also. Tess is very gentle around the lambs. The ewe grabbed a large mouthful of hay for the journey.
If a lamb doesn't move, Tess will put her nose under it's behind and wheelbarrow it to move. She does this very calmly and the lamb just moves along in the correct direction with his hind legs in the air, being pushed by Tess. Tess has wheelbarrowed a lamb over 15 feet and the mother ewe was not at all bothered about that fact.
OK, now they are headed down the driveway to the front lawn.
A Ewe and lamb calling Tess a naughty name.
Newborn lamb. I love how dark this ram lamb. He is a fine example of a high quality Clun Forest ram lamb.
Rigby watched the rest of this adventure from his new perch, far atop of the hay stack,
Ethel Conrad, we will miss you.
ONE WOMAN AND HER DOGS: ETHEL CONRAD
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Here is a funny video. Not Sheep or Border Collie related. I call it "Fast Food Delivery"
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Here he is taking a break from his mice chasing chores.
He see the ewes and lambs being let out of the stall so they can free range on the front lawn.