Kearney - We had a mostly boring day because TM and PR were working on the stock trailer. They were using wire brush power tools to remove the rust. They spent all day working on it. PR is going to paint it after some more work. We finally got to go out and do some herding late in the day. TM let Lowri go first.
Lowri - I got to go out into the big field again. I am not sure if TM realizes how much work it is to go running up those hills. I wasn't nearly as fast today! I paid more attention and worked smarter. Once I brought the sheep too TM, she walked around for a bit. I held the sheep to her. I did allow them run away once. TM says I was pushing them too hard. I am not going to do that again! That hill is really steep.
When we were done with those sheep, TM took me into the small field and had me work the 11 sheep there. Seven of them were the wild lambs. I stayed back to keep them from running. TM was very proud of me. Then I got to hold them in a corner while TM checked each of them out. I LIKE holding them!!
Kearney got to go next. He got to work those lambs too. TM had him practice his outruns, flanks and he got to hold the sheep while TM wasn't anywhere near. He was a very good dog too!
When MC got there, my Daddy got to work. He helped TM gate sort the four older sheep from the wild lambs. That looks really interesting. You move the sheep back and forth in front of the gate, until the one TM wants is in the right position. When it is, she opens the gate so that particular sheep can escape.
Then my Daddy got to go work those four sheep. TM had him run an Advanced course. He did it! TM said he was AWESOME! He even did a blind outrun (he didn't know where the sheep were, he just trusted that TM knew what she was doing). His second time he wasn't awesome, but TM had him practice some things that he needs to learn. He still needs more work on "walk up" and "stop". Between you and me, I think he is ALWAYS going to need work on "stop". TM says he needs a LOT of miles now. He is working with her pretty well. I love my Daddy!