Motley’s mom texted me today to see if I was going to be around for the holidays. Since I’m working on Christmas Day, I’ll definitely be here. She’s flying out to California to be with her family so I’ll be watching over Motley and Brandi for about two and a half weeks! I’m pretty excited. She’s also interested in bringing the girls out to the farm one day to see how they do with the livestock. I think she’d really enjoy herding with the girls!
Went out to the farm this afternoon to meet Heather and take pictures of her Australian Shepherd puppies while they got to chase ducks as a herding test. It was a lot of fun! Sam got to hang out on the farm with me but I kept her in a kennel so she wouldn’t interfere with puppies and the livestock, but Terri let us do a quick training session with the sheep!
I have so much to learn. It’s tough trying to figure out what to focus on; The dog? The livestock? The pole I’m holding? I almost tumbled over sheep twice today trying to keep my eye on a bajillion different things at once. I really need to stop acting like I’m doing a terrible job though. I’m always so worried about the silliest things. So what if I mess up. Herding should be fun. It’s new for both me and my dog, and we’re going to make mistakes sometimes. Big deal!
I get out there with Sammy and the livestock and all of a sudden it’s like serious business! I just need to get in there, relax, and do what comes natural! I understand now what I was supposed to be doing with the pole. I want to get a sorting stick and work on using it while I’m at home with Sam. I’m supposed to use the stick/pole to guide Sammy into an arch around me and the livestock. But she wants to cut under the pole and bolt into the sheep. I have to figure out how to guide her in the arch and prevent her from cutting into the sheep.
I can’t wait until next time!
I’m going to go out to the county fair on Sunday to watch Terri herd and take pictures of the performance. They’ll be doing shows at the county fair a few times throughout the day but I can only stick around for the noon show. I’m excited because I haven’t been to a fair since… well, since I was a little girl and my mom and dad took me to the state fair! Geez, that was a long time ago!
I’m going out to Terri’s farm this Friday after work to meet with a woman who breeds Australian Shepherds for performance and conformation. Her Aussies are some of the best looking Aussies I have ever seen. She is taking her current litter of puppies to Terri’s farm to see how they do with the livestock. I’m pretty excited. The breeder invited me to go and said I was welcome to bring my camera, so hopefully I get some super cute pictures of the puppies chasing livestock!