Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday I woke up feeling the same way but had to drag my arse outta bed for the Agility Fun Match we were hosting. With the help of lots of drugs and apple juice I got through it. I ran gyp in just the standard only to force my self to try to run when I couldn't - I like a challenge. We did it but holy crap I thought I was going to need CPR. I can home at 2 and slept on and off until 8 am this morning.
The sleep did me good ... I woke up this morning with no more Flu symptoms, just a head cold now.
This afternoon Amanda and I headed to Alta-Pete. The first hour was spent getting sheep from one area to another and then to the arena. We had a good game plan and worked as a team to get the job done.
Gyp had one moment that Jenny totally called and saw coming. Working gyp at the barn near the C A T s. she was actually trying to avoid going near them which was great - but couldnt help but look at them out of the corner of her eye and in that avoidance she also forgot about her sheep - her brain exploded and she froze. So I took her by the collar put her behind the sheep past the cats and got her to walk up. I ended it there. Gave her a break and Amanda was away getting a few more sheep to bring back. I brought Gyp back in this time she had a new attitude ... We worked on simple flanks past the cats on both sides and she was way better. We moved on after that as I was happy with how she worked through her obsession/avoidance confusion.
We took the sheep over to the arena. Gyp worked the sheep out the trees again - she loves that! I sent her through without me following her and she did just as I asked and Brit was as the Arena entrance waiting for the sheep and she put them right in.
We ended up with 4 lambs and 2 ewes. A bit different for us, but as I've learned in this herding game... It's never the same twice. So we made it work. Gyp commanded respect right away. They would not move off the fence and she stood her ground face to face with a ewe stomping at her she was able to move a bit, and rushed in on the ewe what seemed like just enough to make her move. It's really interesting to see that dynamic. Gyp kept a cool head after that and gave the sheep lots of space when she felt they needed it but wasn't worried about being right up on them in the panels, and didn't lose her cool. She amazingly managed to get them through the Y chute, the side panel and the L. She was listening really well so it was neat to see her respond when I asked ... And of course when my own timing was right which I still need lots of work with. I also tripped over my stock stick and my hand met with sheep shit as did my knee ... It was awesome ... Some good
Laughs. The "real life" farm work we get and the chance to work these sheep is absolutely an invaluable experience. We are very lucky city slickers. For the 4 hours we were out there ... I forgot I was sick :)
Fresh air, dogs, lots of sleep, apple juice, good drugs ... The ultimate cure all!!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
We are fortunate to live a hop, skip as a jump away from Alta-Pete farm. Amanda and I did some "real" farm work yesterday in preparation for working on our own while Scot and Jenny are away this summer. I love the practical work we get at Alta-Pete and PhantomRidge, it's a nice balance between working on trial stuff and other practical situations like learning to read sheep in the big field or lamb and ewe pens (which is hard!), starting to drive and getting sheep out of trees!
Just another day, down on the farm ....
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Gyp had a fun Easter Sunday with her buddies ... 9 flat-coats and 2 rough collies. Tinbie was especially fond of her :)
We were trying for a group photos 9 flat-coats, 2 rough collies and Gyp :) Tinbie licked her head for the 2 minutes we were trying to get the shot - soooo tolerant ... thought this was too cute.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
This weekend gyp ran in scent hurdle racing - which was super fun and our team ran well and we have the team spirit, which i think should get extra points ... Think sparkly red wrist bands. Yes they rock. :) We debuted in excellent Rally also - I was frazzled and hopped up on caffeine ... Gyp was great ... I messed up 2 signs for our first ever NQ oops.
We had to be in the ring for Obedience in the afternoon and I needed to get my shit together for my dog - eat a good meal and take a chill pill. She had been getting spookier at the metal banging noises all weekend - then that worries me. So I warmed her up in a new quiet area and that seemed to do the trick. Played some barrel racing around garbage cans and just had some silly fun!! We went into the ring and she was great! She had one spooky moment in the ring when she stepped on a metal grate under the rubber mat ... Oh the joy of a sensitive quirky dog :) She worked through it like a champ and we played in between exersizes. She came out if the class with a 193 and a high in class earning her CD title!! Gyp is like an extension of myself and the two of us are so keyed into eachother it's scary. I swear we read eachothers thoughts. I would love to be able to say the same thing about Kaleb ... But really, who the hell knows what he's thinking! Anyway here are a couple iPhone photos of us with gyps High in Class and new CD! Open ring here we come!