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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 […]

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 […]

Fall Update

Big story of the summer was our recent horrible experience with apparently Frontline resistant fleas(???). Joe has been a scratchy mess since sometime in July. Joe looked like he had a Mesa-like allergy…chewing on his legs, etc. I could not find any physical evidence of fleas. Then there was the occasional scratches from Elli, Tess […]

You get the dog you trained

I got to thinking about that last post….I’m not sure how that ‘explanation’ of our last trial sounds to someone outside my own head. I don’t have time to expand/expound, but I probably ought to be explicit: It’s not her fault. I hope I didn’t sound like I was getting down on Mesa. I completely […]

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 […]

Tess CGC

Last night Tess earned her CGC. I’ve been way behind on that because of working on Elli’s problems. I finally knuckled down, put Elli’s dog & stranger work on the back burner for a couple of months to get the paper on Tess. We sure weren’t perfect, but I don’t care because Tess is a […]

Major Disappointment

This weekend we were out-of-town retrieving my daughter from the airport after her exchange year in southern Mexico. While I was gone, I had my son’s friend taking care of the birds and ” The Predator” came back. The night pen wasn’t securely closed I guess? Saturday night “it” (I’m pretty sure we’re talking about […]

A Clinic Day

I went out to Nancy Whelan’s place today for the 3rd day of the Larry Painter clinic going on there. I got to say Hi to Larry, show Tess off to him (since he’s her breeder), and chat with folks all day long.

Larry got Tess & I doing our off-balance work. I’m glad […]

Lyle Lad Clinic

Last weekend three of the dogs (Mesa, Elli, & Tess) and I braved the elements (steady 40mph winds, rain, sleet, & snow on Saturday) to attend a herding clinic at Wendy Peters’ farm near Aledo, IL.

Lyle is a top tier Border Collie handler in the US. Now, if you were all paying attention, you […]