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A September Weekend

This past weekend the little red dogs and I went to the Honey Creek Classic (ASCA) in Eastern Indiana. It was a great weekend full of seriously lovely people and lovely stock in a lovely place but I was pretty stressed out and didn’t enjoy myself much. Silly me. I just didn’t feel great and […]

June Clinic & May Cows

I went to another clinic with Kent Herbel this weekend. After the two trials we have been to (HWASC & SEMASA) I saw a clear problem with each dog that I wasn't effectively dealing with. I even had a hard time articulating it for Kent, but upon demonstration it they were pretty clear. I […]

Mesa Working Cattle

I have some pictures of Mesa working this past weekend! These are from Started Cattle at the HWASC spring ASCA stock trial.

I believe these are a couple pictures from each day. Saturday I was wearing my big brown coat and freezing and I don't remember the sun coming out!

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Sunday Double Feature

Sunday was an amazingly adventurous day for us, these days. It featured Mesa’s & my first herding trial in 3 years, and Tess’s first ever. That was the main plot, but there were some fun side stories too.

I originally entered on Saturday only. Then I needed to move it to Sunday so I could […]

Heat & Tess JHDs

Getting behind with the blog again. It’s has fallen by the wayside while I concentrate on exercising & training the dogs in this heat, kids, earning money so I can keep herding… Extreme summer weather entails a lifestyle change that is very difficult for me. I adore getting up very early in the morning, BUT […]

Working Saturday

I had a gorgeous day Saturday working Elli, Tess, & Mesa on Dogwood sheep all day long. I’m so glad I was able to go yesterday because today is a sunny 85º F and we’re barely acclimated to 60º yet! [Love that Midwestern weather!] And was lovely to have all day to work.

This is […]

Working Ducks

Mesa & I have started working the ducks again.

As I probably pointed out sometime before, my yard is not appropriate for dog-breaking ducks or duck-breaking a dog. The open part -not garden, patio, or side yard is roughly 42′ x 20′- too small for an inexperienced dog to stay far enough off them […]

Cowcamp 2010

This morning I only have 3 dogs following me room to room. Because late last night Mesa, Elli, & I got back from a week at Larry Painter’s Cowcamp.

Elli was experiencing travel, meeting people and stock, hanging out:

Mesa was there to work:

There weren’t many people at this first Cowcamp […]

I’ve Created a Monster(s)

I play lots of retrieving games to encourage the dogs’ desire to retrieve. Mesa was a born retriever, but I taught her to retrieve what I point to…very useful when my back goes out! Joe was a complete non-retriever and it’s been a long haul to instill his desire. To keep it high, I almost […]

AKC Obedience Weekend

This weekend was our training club’s June AKC trial. Mesa was entered in Open A (in open the “A” means the dog has no open title yet) and Joe was entered in Novice B (in novice the “B” means it’s not my first obedience dog).

Open level exercises are: Heel Off Leash (includes a Figure […]