TM, Mama Cheryl (MC), Mama Penni (MP) and Papa Ron (PR) love and care for me.
In memory of DC Dora, CH Angus HXAsd, DC Kearney. Lost from our lives way too soon.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Birthdays and Herding

Kearney - Today is TM's birthday.  She is 8 years old or in hexadecimal she is 38 (TM was a software engineer before I met her).  MP sent TM a book on Tracking.  I can't wait until we get started on that!  Gee, for TM's birthday, Lowri and I really lucked out - a food toy from MC and a tracking book from MP.  TM bought herself an Australian Duster to wear at the herding trials.

We have had a really good day.  While she slept in, PR let us out and then fed.  When she got up, she and PR made room for the new freezer.  They are going to put the bull in it.  I say it couldn't happen to a better cow! We herded and then PR fixed steaks for dinner.  We didn't get any of the yummy stuff - Aidan gets the leftovers for breakfast.

When we were herding, Chase went first.  TM opened up the gate between the lambs field and the field with the obstacles.  As long as Chase did what TM asked for, the lambs stayed in the little field.  When he was wrong, the lambs went into the big field.  TM kept things slow and quiet.  Once Chase had lost the lambs a couple of times, he got much better at working further out from the lambs.

TM called MP to let her know how Chase did.  They talked long enough for the lambs to rest up.  Then I got to work.  TM made me work in the small field.  I kept the lambs from escaping to the big field, but TM made me work near the stupid cows.  I did outruns near them and TM made me hold stops near them.  I held myself together and TM said I did a really good job.

Lowri - Then it was MY turn!  I had a wonderful time <G>  TM left the gate open and I lost the lambs into the big field - a bunch of times.  I raced out after them and brought them back.  I ran very, very fast!  After I did it a couple of times, it occurred to me that if I listened to TM, I wouldn't have to work quite so hard.  I started listening, and then everything worked much better.  We did a lot of trips around the field with TM just walking while I held the lambs to her.  It was fun!