New herding photos taken weekend before last.
http://www.geocities.com/shellybrosnan/16months.html

For a green dog with a green handler, we're doing alright. I have been hoping to try for our PT (Pre-trial Test) title at our National Specialty in a few months, and asked the instructor if he thought we might be ready.
We went in, and I was amazed at the difference between right then & there and the last time we'd be on sheep (nearly 2 mos. ago). We still have quite a ways to go before we're ready for actual trials, but I am feeling much more confident and it shows. And Bodhi seems to sense it as well, and responds accordingly. The instructor said, "Oh yeah, provided the stock is acceptable Test sheep, you guys are ready!"
I finally bought myself a decent pair of muck boots, so we're headed up this weekend. Coda gets to go & play, yay!
Big deal? For me, yes.
Shelly & The Boys
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I finally bought myself a decent pair of muck boots...

(I like herding dogs. Really. 10+ years sharing a house with a corgi, you can't help liking herding dogs. BUT...)
"Muck boots"?!? God, does that ever sound appetizing. Or not.

Isn't it time for a food thread, complete with tongue and peeps and lime jello and liver and Miracle Whip and miscellaneous Vileness?

Lee
I finally bought myself a decent pair of muck boots...

(I like herding dogs. Really. 10+ years sharing a house with a corgi, you can't help liking herding dogs. BUT...) ... for a food thread, complete with tongue and peeps and lime jello and liver and Miracle Whip and miscellaneous Vileness?

Do you subscribe to the Mystery newsgroup, perchance? =)

(BTW, a good pair of muck boots or barn boots are invaluable - you definitely don't want to clean off your REGULAR boots/shoes after a visit to the pasture or barn!)
Tirya
(I like herding dogs. Really. 10+ years sharing a house ... lime jello and liver and Miracle Whip and miscellaneous Vileness?

Do you subscribe to the Mystery newsgroup, perchance? =) (BTW, a good pair of muck boots or barn boots are invaluable - you definitely don't want to clean off your REGULAR boots/shoes after a visit to the pasture or barn!)

I thought the whole point* of herding dogs is that *they do all the running around through the, uh, 'muck'. (Great, now I have this image of a corgi wearing boots...)
And the whole point of herding cats is that...oh, sorry, wrong joke.

Lee
New herding photos taken weekend before last. http://www.geocities.com/shellybrosnan/16months.html New herding photos taken weekend before last. http://www.geocities.com/shellybrosnan/16months.html

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For a green dog with a green handler, we're doing alright.

Good
The instructor said, "Oh yeah, provided the stock is acceptable Test sheep, you guys are ready!"

Heh - yeah, the right sheep help. Mine were decidedly on the light side. Acceptable TRIAL sheep. You'll have fun, regardless.
I finally bought myself a decent pair of muck boots, so we're headed up this weekend. Coda gets to go & play, yay!

sigh we got rained out of our lesson today. Last week we were slipping and sliding up and down the hill. Today my instructor said the conditions were worse so lessons were cancelled.
Big deal? For me, yes.

Yup - I understand.
Diane Blackman
The instructor said, "Oh yeah, provided the stock is acceptable Test sheep, you guys are ready!"

Heh - yeah, the right sheep help. Mine were decidedly on the light side. Acceptable TRIAL sheep. You'll have fun, regardless.

hehehe...I think so too. I've heard stories from past Nationals... I asked the person who is chairing the herding trial and trust her opinion (she's got a young *** that is around the same level/ used to the same sort of sheep and uses the same training facility as I do) and she said that she felt the sheep were completely workable. I'm one of her main helpers for the Trial runs, so I trust her to be honest with me! We've worked moderately light sheep before, and while they're much more work, we managed!
sigh we got rained out of our lesson today. Last week we were slipping and sliding up and down the hill. Today my instructor said the conditions were worse so lessons were cancelled.

blech. Bodhi cracked me up. He wouldn't walk through the giant mud hole, he kept leaping over it. However, he'd do a down right in a different
muddy slop. Go figure!
Big deal? For me, yes.

Yup - I understand.

-) Thanks. I just couldn't believe how improved we were (he was?) compared to last time. It's just such a thrill for me. Most of the work we do is still in a round pen, but we've done a bit of open field work (like PT/HT sized arenas), and the size difference doesn't seem to matter to Bodhi. It's almost like he falls into balance much easier in larger areas. I think I might need to find myself a crook of some sort. I don't really want a wooden one, but someting lightweight and bright in color. Time to do a little bit of shopping I guess! Shelly & The Boys
I finally bought myself a decent pair of muck boots...

(I like herding dogs. Really. 10+ years sharing a house with a corgi, you can't help* liking herding dogs. BUT...) "Muck boots"?!? God, does *that ever sound appetizing. Or not.

That's what they're called, I swear it! Well, okay, they're called the "Hoser", made by Muck Boot Company.
(That just didn't make it any better, did it?)
http://www.muckbootcompany.com/
Isn't it time for a food thread, complete with tongue and peeps and lime jello and liver and Miracle Whip and miscellaneous Vileness?

I will admit to loving peeps (stale, please), and lime jello, sugarfree only,
topped with all-imitation Cool Whip. Liver and tongue are for the dogs. Miracle Whip? It'd be
a Miracle if I ever eat it or Mayonnaise! Blech! Shelly & the Boys
New herding photos taken weekend before last. http://www.geocities.com/shellybrosnan/16months.html For a green dog with a green handler, we're doing alright. I ... title at our National Specialty in a few months, and asked the instructor if he thought we might be ready.

How exciting!
I bit the bullet a few weeks back - since friends hooked me up with a new instructor just 15 minutes away on a gorgeous and immense ranch, I had to give it another go. I took Wylie and he had a blast, so we signed up for regular lessons. I'm going to take the boys to the Sheltie Nationals this April and if Wylie shows promise I may even try entering - there are 3 trials, AHBA and AKC, but I'm not sure he'll even be at HT or JHD level by then. Just depends on his natural skills and me figuring out what the heck to do...
Christy
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How exciting! I bit the bullet a few weeks back - since friends hooked me up with a new instructor ... or JHD level by then. Just depends on his natural skills and me figuring out what the heck to do...

I really like AHBA, especially the Ranch Dog trials. I would one day like to do a few Ranch Dog trials with Bodhi. Our National is in April as well, just up above Seattle, so I am not going to miss it. Our local herding club is putting on an AHBA test/trial in June and I plan to enter Bodhi in JHD. From what I've seen PT & JHD are sort of along the same "difficulty level". I'd love to be able to enter Coda as well, but I just
don't know if we'll get there. :-) You know, it's sort of weird, but not a lot of people enter HT's up here, many go straight to PT.

And the figuring stuff out...that really helps a LOT! I think that is probably
what has caused one of the reasons why we've improved so much in a short time w/ little/no practice.
Have fun!!
Shelly & The Boys
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