I loaded up the pickup with everything the 4 dogs
and I needed for a week long clinic and headed up to WI. We all
enjoyed ourselves, learned tons and met new friends. I think I
the clinic much more than the dogs did. Derrick has a way
with the dogs that is simply amazing.
We all took a trip to Indianapolis to visit a
friend and her family and spend a bit of time working the dogs in
different surrounding with different sheep. Everyone had a great
Lad was very surprised that he actually met the Easter Bunny - aka
had her litter of puppies on February 12, 2007.
She did a super job with her first litter.
mid afternoon and by early evening there were 7 healthy puppies; 3
males and 4 females.
Buckeye Cow Dog Assoc. Trial
Lad and I traveled to southeastern OH to participate in the cattle and
sheep trial. It was super cold, luckily the trial is indoors.
Lad did well, he placed with both cattle and sheep.
Derek Scrimgeour Clinic May 2007
I loaded up Lad, Star, and AJ and headed to River Falls, WI for
a 5 day training clinic at Kensmuir Training Center. There were folks
from all across the country with dogs at all levels of training.
I learned a bunch and had a super time. All three of the dogs did
L & M Sheepdog Trial July
On the road again - Lad, Star, AJ and I headed west 1300 miles
to west central South Dakota. We arrived early to get settled and
help set up for the trial. The ewes and lambs were very
challenging and such great experience for the dogs and I.
Wright Days July 2007
was only a
few hundred miles from the SD trial so we headed a bit further west to
enjoy this trial in Wright, Wy. Star ran in Novice and she did
well for this being her 4th trial. Lad ran in Intermediate and
won his class. He trotted the sheep around the course like a true
Southeastern Indiana Fiber
Festival October 2007
I was asked to
attend this annual fiber festival in Corydon, Indiana and give everyone
a herding demonstration. I loaded up my lambs and all the dogs
and we made the 100 mile trip on a very nice fall day. The pups
traveled in crates in the rear half of the livestock trailer which they
were not thrilled about but taking 7 dogs left me little choice.
Lad moved the lambs from the trailer across the fairgrounds and into
the arena. As usual he Stole the Show and wandered around the
displays with me when we were not "working." I began the demo
showing off Lad then it was the pups turn. This was their first
experience working livestock away from home. The pups were 7
months old and could not have done any better. They had never
seen so many people before but once they went in to the pen with the
lambs the true nature of the border collie was evident and they were
ready to concentrate on the lambs. Star and AJ then had their
turn to show off for everyone. We all had a great time and were
asked to come back next year.
AJ and the pups continued their training as
much as possible through the winter. We had some "Snow Days"
which the dogs enjoyed as much as the school kids.