A bit about me -
My life has always been connected to animals it seems. Growing up we didn't have many pets but i spent weekends with my mom and sisters at her family farm where she kept a couple horses. My aunt had everything from rabbits, to bottle calves to horses. My youth was spent outside on horseback. I was the girl who brought every stray home only to be told "NO, can't keep it." I often wonder if that is part of the reason I now have 100 plus ewes and more Border Collies than I need.
As I have shared the dogs came out of my need for assistance with the stock. They save me thousands of steps a day. More than that they give me piece of mind - I know no matter what greets me in the barn or pastures my dogs will help me take care of things. I use them to do way more than gather and move sheep. They help sort, feed, check fence, vaccinate, medicate, watch gates....Rarely do I walk toward a pasture without them much less go through the gate. They have saved lambs stuck in fences or asleep by hay feeders, at times completed tasked that I would have thought impossible. My dogs have but themselves in harms way for me more than once.
I owe what I have learned to those who have helped me on my journey - both people and dogs and actually the stock. If it were not for the sheep I would not be walking this path. They came first. I am mindful that our - mine and my dogs - first responsibility is to the stock; doing our best to care for them. With that in mind I strive to use low stress stockmanship techniques and I teach my dogs that the stock must be respected just as I am.
I share what I have learned through lessons, clinics and freelance writing.
I owe a great deal to those I have learned from over the years.
Jack and Kathy Knox, Kevin Evans, Derek Scrimgeour, Laura Hicks - I try to learn from the best and these are some of the best.
I have had lots of help getting here and try to pay it forward by helping others. I have made many great friendships through the clinics, if it wasn't for the stock and dogs none of it would have happened.
Life is a journey.....
my journey happens to have many sheep and dogs wondering the path with me.
Zeva, Meg, Scott