Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dixson learns how to lie down

It took a bit of work on Audrey's part but she stood strong. She got Dixson to settle down for ONE  SECOND for a quick shot.  The shots we didn't use were of Dixson wiggling, kissing her face, Kiko in the way and so forth.
Dixson loves Audrey, which is good, as she and Diane Mitchell are his vets. I bet he can't wait for his puppy shot next week!
See Dixson is lying quietly in her lap. He has tripled in size since we got him. His paws are huge.  Dixson thinks everyone should love him.
We do, in fact!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Were Those the Days, My Friend?

Produced by Animal Science at UC Davis.

"Improvements in animal breeding and genetics over the last 50 years have helped provide food for growing populations. With the increasing demand for animal products in the developing world, the efficient production of animal protein will continue to be an important component of international food security."

Sunday, April 28, 2013

iPeed App for dogs

We had a couple of male dogs out at the farm this weekend. Apparently they had the iPeed App on their iPhone.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Shearing production line

This is like our place at shearing time. We line everything up and it is like a production line.  Except with our shearer, Eifion, there is no wait for the sheep as he shears a ewe in about 2 minutes.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Swim Team Dixson

I took all the dogs for a long playtime at the pond. We played for several hours and then all crashed at the barn. It was Dixson's first time in the upper pasture which has two huge ponds. Dixson was on the other side of the pond and decided he needed to be next to me. Instead of going around the pond, he took the shortcut through the middle of the pond. Dixson swam very well and took to his first time in the water like a duck.

As you could tell, he wasn't bothered by his swim. He sure had a lot of fun keeping up with the big dogs. It was hot so a dip in the water was good for all dogs.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thanks for the help, Maid

Some days I wonder why I have such a hard time writing something for the blog.

Thanks Maid....no, really, THANKS~

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

iPhone Domino

This is cool. Not real iPhones but computer generated.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Beware of Sheep

I love this sign.  As vet Diane suggested, I should put it at my front gate.

Be careful!!!!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Fido's Farm Trial wrap-up

On Sunday, Maid, Nan and I went to a sheepdog trial at Fido’s Farm. It just under a 2 hour drive and I got there in time for the Handler’s meeting. It was a far bit of a walk to the field as you had to park your car at the barn and walk about 1/3 mile to the field but the path was clean and day was bright. The girls had to be on leashes and apparently the leash skills are a wee bit lacking as Maid and Nan successfully wrapped their leashes around my legs several times. Kent was at the parking lot with his lovely Crook and he kindly carried my heavy day bag to the field and was kind enough not to snicker as I was hobbled by my dogs.  We thought we would be clever and take a short cut through the field but we realized that was not a wise choice as we landed up in the middle of a bog but since I was wearing my bog boots, I put them to good use. We had to go back to the rigs later and this time stayed on the path and therefore stayed dry.
Novice was first, then Ranch. Raenell Doyle and Jillian had flawless run in Novice and only lost one point. Then she decided to smoke Ranch and won that as well. How cool is that? Debbie Dunne and Spyder (Aussie) also tied for first place but was placed second due to the outwork. Debbie is a very sweet person and I enjoy her quick wit and kindness.
Open was about a 300 yards out run, where the dogs lost sight of the sheep about halfway down as they entered a swale.  Some crossed or almost crossed as once they came out of the swale; the sheep were tucked near trees and hidden if the dog look just right. The fetch was dogleg to the right, and the drive was to the left. The panels were clearly marked with colored buckets which made it great.  The turn at the second panel was between the panel and the pen so you had to be on the spot to make it. A single in the shedding ring and then the pen all in 7.5 minutes.
Maid was the first to go and she went on the away side. She came out of the swale, looked like she was going to cross and I was ready to stop here, when she kicked out wide and got deep behind her sheep. Her lift was nice but they busted hard to the left but she calmly picked them up. I stopped her and then flanked her wide and she took it. She took all the commands for the first part of the dog leg and made the panels.  Then as three sheep approached the post, they bolted hard to the wrong side so we had to work them back and go proper. There was one lamb who kept bellowing for some pals and refused to stay with the other two. Maid lined them up for the first leg and drove nicely. Nice turn and small adjustment and made the second panel and they (the crybaby) broke hard so the last turn was wide. She got them lined up nice in the and smoked the single. She was so fast that I lost sight of her but the yearling sure didn’t. He was stunned by his sudden departure of his partners. We gathered them and went to the pen where crybaby kept running off. We would have them in the mouth, then crybaby would just bolt for no reason and Maid would carefully bring him back. She was calm and quiet and had no tension and a few times we would glance at each other. Finally time was called and I gave her a big pat for her efforts and her huge smile made my heart sing. She was so proud of herself and I was so happy to see she was calm, willing to please and just had a good time with me.
Nan was later and during her entire run, I could hear Maid’s barks of protest from her crate. Nan ran out wide to the away side and I wasn’t sure if she even saw her sheep.  All the way up to the post, she was dancing up and down in front of me, her eyes fastened on my face. I pointed up the field and told her to look but all she did was wag her tail and look at my eyes. So I set up her up and she broke wide, and I should have know what she was doing and she cast out correctly and landed square behind the sheep. Nice lift and then I stopped her and flanked her and she took it. She did the dog leg quite well but ignored my steadies and hardly did a down but was flanking nice. I finally got her to stop and she gave me this look of “what> they needed to be on the weight loss program” but finally relented and listened. The turn was wide at the post but still nice. We all slowed down, took a breath and then started the drive. Made the panels and a nice cross drive with a few bobble and at the last minute, missed the second panel. We made up for that by a tight turn to the ring, got the single and off to the pen. We worked hard at the pen and almost had the pen shut when one lamb bolted and Nan kept her cool. We got close a few more times but never were able to get them in the pen but I was happy with her.  
The sheep were yearling North Country crosses and fat and nice looking. They hadn’t been run before and were very nice. They hadn’t missed a meal and were all uniform and challenging to work. I really enjoyed working these light yearlings and showed where my dogs were too much on the muscle or slicing or were proper. When it was all done, Nan and Maid both got a score of 70 and tied for fifth place. Nan got fifth based on her outwork. Both girls ran very well and were calm and biddable and I have a great Open team. I really enjoyed the trial and on the way home, I stopped at Del’s feed Store and they each got a pig ear. Job well done and a great day was had. Thanks to Chris at Fido’s farm for hosting such a grand trial and for the weather God who held off on the rain, cold and wind and smiled as the sun beamed down on us.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cat Cooties

Maid used to bug Sarah, the cat. She would stalk and eye her and this only worked for  a few days. Sarah took great offense at this and chased her about and let her see "Jesus."   Since then, Maid ignores Sarah. Sometimes when Sarah comes into the house, she will wander over and bug Maid. It's quite funny to see the tables turned on Maid. Maid does her best to pretend cats  do NOT exist.
So after the sheepdog trial today, we decided to hang out near the barn. Saran saw Maid and ran over and rubbed all over Maid's face and body. Maid was on a down/stay so she had to stay and not run off.

"Cat Cooties" said Maid, "Must lick them off!"

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Two sheep survive 23 days buried in the snow

Two blackface ram managed to survive 23 days covered in snow in northern Ireland. The UK has just come off a huge, long snowstorm which had areas covered in record breaking snow for days. it's a nice story to hear of two rams who survived!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Drinking Elephant Crap Beer

Ever drink beer that tasted crappy, well almost shi##y?  Don't be calling any beer made in the USA that, as we all grew up on that. But perhaps, after a all night party, the pizza was cold, the keg was dry and you were thirsty and you spotted a half empty red solo cup of beer. You grabbed it, drank in one fell swoop and it just tasted crappy?
Well now, you don't have to attend one of all those all night keggers and try to speak like an intellect, (when in fact, you sound like a fool after drinking eight beers) just to  grab that one stray solo red cup of flat beer.
Instead you can spend your hard earned cash on "Elephant Poop Beer". Yep, true, you can really pay your hard, earned cash on crap beer. (BTW, I have had a glass of wine and hence the smart-ass post for tonight)
Japanese brewery Sankt Gallenhas made a beer called Un, Kono Kuro, that is "made from coffee beans that have passed through an elephant" (A polite way of saying "beer from elephant poop which happened to eat coffee beans"). One of my friends so eloquently stated "Elephant Shit Beer" but I prefer "Elephant Crap Beer"
Ok, warped humor aside, it was so popular that it sold out the first day. On April FIRST and that is no joke. How did it taste? Well, apparently it was stout (really?) and good (sure, about that?)
For those of you that do not know Japanese, let me translate the name for you.
Un, Ko is really Unko, mean means poop/crap.
no means of
Kuro means Black
so literally this translates to Poop of Black.  Or Black Crap Beer.
Sounds inviting?

Look at the pictures on the Bottle. See the Elephant Poop. See the pile of poop? See the fermenter? See the Beer Mug?
OK, here is an in depth article on the beer as well as a taste test. It is mildly offensive so be warned. A good read though

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sheep compete at the Tour de France

Apparently some sheep thought during the 17th stage of the Tour de France, that it was a good idea to join the Team USA.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crock-Pot Chicken Teriyaki

I haven't made this yet, but it looks easy enough.
1 lbs chicken, diced
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup teriyaki sauce
⅓ cup brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, minced

1. Combine chicken broth, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar and garlic cloves in large bowl.
2. Add chicken to sauce, and toss to combine.
3. Pour chicken mixture into crock-pot.
4. Cook on low 4-6 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.
5. Serve over hot cooked rice and spoon extra sauce if desired.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Global Warming not to blame for Drought

Study Reveals Global Warming Not To Blame For Last Year’s Crippling Drought
A new federal study reveals that global warming is not to blame for last year’s extreme drought that crippled the central Great Plains.
The study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Drought Task Force places the blame on natural variations in weather patterns that caused the “flash drought.”
The Plains saw very little rain last summer due to two key meteorological processes which NOAA states was a “sequence of unfortunate events.” First, the Plains states saw very little rain in May and June because low pressure systems that brought storms were shunted northward into Canada. Second, thunderstorms were infrequent in July and August and produced little precipitation.
The report states that there were “no strong indicators” a drought of this magnitude would have struck the Midwest last year.
“This is one of those events that comes along once every couple hundreds of years,” lead author Martin Hoerling, a research meteorologist at NOAA, said. “Climate change was not a significant part, if any, of the event.”

Sunday, April 14, 2013

LGD Collars

Sometimes, Stella and Heidi like to wander off. This doesn't bode well with me so Wayne made some escape proof collars for them. Stella is the worse one of the two. He made it using pipe and screws. We will try this one first then then Julie P's collars later.
Since I am not mechanically inclined, I sent the pixs of the collars that I got from Phantom Ridge Border Collies. Wayne made it extra long as they will jump the fence as well. Heidi and her new collar.
Stella and her collar. Needless to say, she snapped the bolts off at the pipes. I think the pipes were not rubbery enough so she was able t bust her collar off. So we will be doing Plan B soon. But, never fear, Wayne is smarter and soon will be fixing a collar so she won't be able to bust. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables

Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables
(Check out this link as it as stunning photo and step by step instructions.
  • 2.5 - 3 pounds lamb shoulder, well trimmed and cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water (plus 2 tablespoons more for cooking onions and garlic)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks on the diagonal
  • 1 pound small white boiling potatoes (baby yukons), cut in half
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  1. Pat the lamb dry and season with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat one tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Brown the lamb in three batches, adding one more tablespoon of oil for each batch. Do not crowd the pan and let the meat develop a brown crust before turning with tongs. It should take 5-8 minutes per batch. Transfer the browned meat to large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the onions, garlic and 2 tablespoons of water to the pot. Cook until the onions are soft, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of pan, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and cook a few minutes more.
  4. Add the lamb with its juices back to the pan and sprinkle with flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until the flour is dissolved, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the Guinness, beef broth, water, bay leaf, rosemary sprig and sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon to loosen any brown bits from the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, turn the heat down to low and simmer for one hour and twenty minutes.
  6. Add the carrots and potatoes to the stew, then cover and continue simmering until the vegetables are cooked and the meat is very tender, 30-40 minutes. (Be sure to stir a few times to prevent vegetables from sticking to bottom.)
  7. Remove the bay leaf and rosemary sprig, and then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If serving right away, add the frozen peas and cook until the peas are warmed through. Otherwise, let the stew cool, then cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Reheat gently on the stovetop and add the peas right before serving.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Lambs with Sweaters

The owners of Becketts Farm in Birmingham, U.K., came up with a creative way to keep their little lambs warm and toasty during the recent spell of frigid weather.
The Becketts gave the newborn lambs completely adorable and cozy spring-colored sweaters to protect them from the unseasonably chilly temperatures. Flake, Frosty, Snowy and Michael — that one was named after celebrated BBC weatherman Michael Fish — played in the snow and modeled their new jumpers.

 PIC BY DAN JAMES / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Snowy (Peach), Flake (Pink), Michael (Green), Frosty (Blue)) - These lambs are real-life WOOLY JUMPERS after farmers decided to give warm sweaters to protect them from Britains arctic blast. Owners at Becketts Farm, in Birmingham, have taken the unusual step to protect the newborn lambs aptly dubbed Flake, Frosty and Snowy. The fourth has been given the moniker Michael Fish in honour of the celebrated BBC weather man. The lambs are less than a week old and although weve taken an extreme precaution to keep them warm, this extreme weather is no laughing matter. SEE CATERS COPY *** Local Caption *** PIC BY DAN JAMES / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Snowy (Peach), Flake (Pink), Michael (Green), Frosty (Blue)) - These lambs are real-life WOOLY JUMPERS after farmers decided to give warm sweaters to protect them from Britains arctic blast. Owners at Becketts Fa
Link to the rest of the story

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wearing your pants correctly

.......or in this case, wear your collar correctly....



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Child Sheep Rocker

I don't have any children but if I did, I so would have got this. Isn't this the cutest?
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You can get this at Amazon.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Puppy update

Kiko is Getty's pup and Dixson is mine. They seem to know who they belong to. Kiko will help me during chores but as soon as Getty shows up, she bolts to see her 'daddy'. She adores him. It certainly helps that he carries her and wrestles with her on his lap. She is not afraid of sheep either. If a ewe will try to stare her down through the fence, she will stand and growl as needed, then the ewe will back off.  She also will stand off the LGDs, Stella and Heidi. However, now she is getting disciplined by Rain, Maid and Nan. They used to let her run amuck but in the last few days, laid down the law. Rainey will still let her crawl all over her. I  tell Rainey to be nice while Kiko mauls hers, then treat Rainey. Rainey loves food so will put up with a lot. She also lets Dixson hang off her too.  Tonight, Dixson was hanging off her neck, and I was giving Rainey some cookies, then Dixson decided to see if Rainey's milk bar was open.  The look of horror on Rainey's face was priceless and she really wanted to correct him, but instead she glared at him and moved away. I gave her an extra cookie and Rainey ran off before Dixson could try again.
Kiko has to have her nose in everything, regardless it be needed or not.  She is bright and inquisitive and a very quick study. She learnt what "Stop that" means but will give me a defiant look when she does stop. She is going to be a fun one to start on sheep. She did take a quick spin in the round pen. She followed Vet Diane in and Vey Diane had to hold her while she worked Rob. Then we put her on sheep for about one minute. She went both ways and was fast and kept them tightly bunched.  She won't get much more sheep time until she is older and in the meantime, she will just enjoy her puppyhood.
She loves to launch herself from the floor into Getty's lap. The other night, when she did that and she knocked the beer out of his hand, certainly didn't get her any bonus points. He will wrestle her and she loves it and finally will settle in his lap to watch TV.
Dixson in my pup, strong and full of himself. Scott and Jen picked him out for me. He can be a little dominate and tough and stands up to Kiko when she is a brat. He is no pushover. He knows him name as well as "puppy, puppy" and will come at a dead run and I pick him up. He is very solid and square and I think he will be a big, solid male when he grows up. He has the softest rough coat, a cute white muzzle with a small spot on the white part. His eyes follow my every move and he, with Kiko, are my assistants when I do barn chores. He has figured out to ran up the stairs without landing on his chin.
Dixson fell into the pond on Sunday. He wandered over and looked in and just fell in. Of course, he fell in the deep part and had to swim out. The next time he made sure he was about six inches away from the edge, but Maid ran by him and knocked him back in the pond. I about busted a gut laughing. He got more cautious around the pond and the big dogs. He learns quick.
He has the sweetest personality. Loving and wants to be with you. I cuddle his face in my hands, rub his cheeks and his eyes close in contentment. He passes out on the couch next to him, his fat belly up to the world. His little pink tongue hangs out and his fat feet twitch, perhaps dreaming of a future outrun.
They have the summer to grow up and be puppies. They will go to student's houses, sheepdog trials, stores, parks, camping, the works and soon they will be become part of the trial string. But for now, in the puppy youth, life is grand, kisses are free, snuggles are many and treats flow like water over a fall.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Our house at dinner time

This is our house at dinner time...with the dogs, there are no leftovers!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Saturday session with the dogs

Janet Thorpe and I went down to Fido's Farm on Saturday. One reason was to pick up Alta-Pete Dixson. (Imp Ben x Alta-Pete June) Ben is the dog that I imported and is a son of Bobby Dalziel's Joe. He also has Longton lines.  Dixson was named after Willie Dixson, a famous blues singer and writer and bass player. Getty names the dogs that are going to stay so we thought long and hard on this one. I think we were the last ones to name our pup. 
photo by Amanda Labadie
The other reason was we needed to work Jude and Maid. For me, I just wanted to keep working on Maid's and mine relationship. For Jude, working on his outrun and people at the top. We had to sort three lambs from the flock so I used Maid. One of the yearling had duct tape on his belly and he was lagging so I didn't want to sue him. I worked the flock then Maid came in smoothly and held the last three. I had her drive them off to the corner while Janet and Jude put the flock away.
We held for each other, making the outruns about 200 yards. Maid listen well, stopping or steadying as needed. I let her pick them up and let her fetch the sheep to me, only flanking her to hit the panels, then kept quiet. It's hard for me but it will help our teamwork to trust her. She had flawless fetches and was biddable.
Jude was unsure at first but by the end of the first session he was getting the idea that the setout person is best to ignore. His outrun started off a bit short but by lunchtime, it was nice and deep. His lift was very methodical and quiet. A little fast on the fetch but Janet will sort that out.
We took a break for lunch and went to a local Chinese place. The food was great and the service was amazing.  She bent over backwards so we left her a large tip.....whatever she will do in life, if she has that attitude, she will do wonderful!
The dogs having to rest, came out of the car, with good attitude. Jude had thought about what he had worked on and then ignored me at the setout and his outrun were crisp and wide.  is fetch still is fast but I rather have a dog with some gas than a dog you have to beg to work. He tries so hard for Janet.
I had Maid push the sheep through the water and the one who had been giving us trouble all morning, certainly didn't want to go in the water. You could see she was getting annoyed but stood her ground. She was patient and finally the ewe went in the water.  All during the work session, she was clam and quiet. I worked on giving her less commands. She did wonderful and I really, really love her!  She has partnered up with me, tries hard, realizes that sometimes I over command so doesn't get tense, and is very kind to the sheep. Flawless on her commands (Thank you, Scott). Now she doesn't fight me at the panels or areas that she thinks the sheep should go; you can see one brief step of hesitation if I give her a flank to miss the panels (deliberate on my part) but she softens up and does it. Before she would fight and not do it. Now it is, ok I will do as you ask and miss the panels and not fight you but I totally trust you.
Jude on his second work session was very nice. Ignored me and nice deep list, although still fast on the fetch.  His outruns on both sides were clean and wide and he checked on his sheep on the way up. it was good to see that he processed his lesson from the morning and did right by Janet, I think Janet was quite pleased with him.
I was totally stoked with Maid and how well we work together.  I think she likes being the main dog now. Nan only has one year left and Maid will be my main dog for the few years. It took a year to get meshed but it paid off. I am so happy that Scott sold her to me. Maid is quite happy with the arrangement as she gets to sleep on the bed. Plus get a cookie each time she come back in the house. Plus help me with chores and work chickens. Although I am sure she is not too happy about learning how to hold a cookie on her nose to do a trick.
So both work sessions went very well and we saw huge improvements in the dogs as well as us. I am learning to trust Maid and not command her as much and Maid is trusting me, no matter what I say or do.   The sheep were nice yearlings who worked well and the rain held off for most of the day.
On the way out, we picked up Dixson, Obviously in preparation for my farm, he covered himself in mud. Chris was kind enough to hold him for me until the weekend as I was in the hospital for part of the week and unable to drive. I am sure she spoilt him as well. We loaded the fat butterball up and off we went. We decided to stop at Reber Ranch to socialize him and look at chicken products. As I got out, this guy asked me if I wanted some rabbit so we got to talking. He had to get rid of them but since Nan despises rabbits, I had to decline. Then we forgot about taking Dixson out and went in. I know, how funny is that. I didn't find what I was looking for and managed to spend under five bucks- which is truly amazing but Janet spent way more than me. She got a cute beaded leash for Jude? I almost got some chicks but since last week I got ten chicks, figure that I wouldn't press my luck so didn't get any. That was tough!
Finally we got home and Dixson got out to meet the gang.  He is a tough puppy. Kiko tried to jump on him so he bared his teeth and she met her match. Nan and Maid ran off and Rainey saw a opportunity to make a pal. New puppy equals treats and by being a pal to a puppy, you get treats. She drew the line when he hung off her ear so she jumped on the hay bales to get away from him.
I got Dixson to follow me around the farm so he would have an idea of the layout. He quickly figured it out and learned not to bother the ducks. He saw Mr. MaGoo, the HUGE Muscovy male drake and ran up to him and got a peck on his nose for his efforts. Almost the same as Maid got when she first arrived. Mr. MaGoo is over 7 years old and the boss on the farm, well, maybe second in command after Mama Muscovy. She has everyone terrified, even the guardians.
By the end of the day Dixson was wore out and I found him passed out on my coat that somehow had fallen to the ground in the barn. I think the cats knocked it off my chair. He was curled in a tight ball and when I woke him up, he ran into my arms and licked my face.
Somehow, I think he will fit right in. Welcome home, Dixson.
Photo by Amanda of ManyMuddyPaws.  Much thanks!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Caption Contest Winner

We have a Caption Contest Winner.  Kari Carney picked the winner. She was a winner in the one of the past blogs. Much thanks to her for picking this caption contest winner.

The winner is: "woolleycritter"

Winning Caption: '1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock; DOG!'
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You have one week to contact me.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Butt Dial

This is for Rochelle.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Caption Contest ends tomorrow

The Caption Contest ends tomorrow so enter your caption now,  so you might win a prize. I will ship the prize to you in North America.

You can enter as many times as you want, hence increasing your chances to win.

Click on the link below to go to the contest page.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Geri Bryne's Stockdog Training Courses with Shane Harley

Again,  Geri Byrne offers an excellent online training course on working sheep and cattle. I highly recommend this course. It looks to be good and you will be able to view it for up to a year. The first training course is with Shane Harley and he will cover training your dog to work cattle.

From the website:

Geri Byrne has been part of a family cattle ranching operation on the California-Oregon border and has raised Border Collies since 1978. When Geri decided to sell Border Collies in Action after 19 years, she did so in order to spend more time training dogs, hosting clinics and producing training videos. Geri formed Little Horse Mountain Productions, a video production company in 2009. A top open handler, in addition to having produced numerous training videos, Geri brings experience in both handing and education to Stockdog Training Courses.
Shane Harley is a professional cowdog and sheepdog trainer. He has been very successful in both the cow dog and sheep dog show world including wins as Reserve National Cattle Dog Champion at the first ever USBCHA National Cattle Dog Finals, The Klamath Falls Bull Sale, The Klamath Rodear, Madras, Reno Rodeo, Langtry and Winnemucca. Shane has been competing at the open level in both sheep and cow dog trials since 1997. In addition to the dogs, he is a successful farrier.
A Nebraska native, Shane has been living in the Klamath Basin of Oregon since 2000. Now living near Bonanza, Oregon, he raises yearling feeder calves and a flock of 60 sheep. Each year he attends more than a dozen sheepdog and cattle dog trials throughout the West to test his dog handling skills against the best handlers in the U.S. and Canada always winning a few championships each year.
Stockdog Training Courses is an on-line class that will cover all steps in training from starting the young pup to finishing touches needed for competition dogs and everything in between. Click RIGHT HERE to see the available courses and pricing and to sign up for the classes you want . You will be able to watch them at your own pace, at your own time. These videos will be available for a year, so watch as many times as you like. You will be able to ask questions of the trainer and get all the
PLUS you get to watch a free video:
In our free introductory video you will meet Shane Harley and learn the importance of training your dog up to a higher level.  Imagine how much more you will be able to do after your dog learns to follow your instructions and execute a few critical maneuvers. There is so much more than simply using your dog to stop or drive cattle, whether it is gathering and moving a herd off of the road or saving your time and energy by moving sheep where you want them to go.  Listen to Shane explain the benefits to you and your dog of proper training.   Watch as Shane’s dog gathers, flanks and drives a herd, moving cattle and sheep exactly where Shane wants them  to go.  Learn the importance of your partnership with your dog and how valuable the skills you will learn in this training series are to making your life simpler, happier and more productive. REGISTER TO WATCH THIS FREE VIDEO NOW!
The website is: Stockdog Training Courses
Sign up...you will really enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dog Cartoons

I love this guy...he has the best cartoons.
Like our house
So up to date

Oh well, it was worth a try


Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Bunny get stopped by the State Patrol

Imagine the poor Officer who had to stop the Easter Bunny for not wearing a helmet. But, the Officer gave him a warning and no doubt, the Easter Bunny wore a helmet after this. It was very nice of the Officer to do this. I am sure he will enjoy telling this story to his children or grandchildren.

I can only imagine the dispatch getting the call, "I am stopping the Easter Bunny."   What a riot and so true, and no drinking was involved. By either parties!

So word of warning, you maybe the Easter Bunny, Superman or Santa Clause, but the law is the law, "WEAR A HELMET"