Archive

Posts Tagged ‘cattle dog’

Favorite Video Friday – The amazing Alex and Jumpy

July 31, 2015 4 comments

I am constantly in awe of dogs who can do a multitude of tricks. They are so physical and magical at the same time. The ones who can fly through the air, and manage to look like they float there, are just awe-inspiring.

Of course, we all know that behind every amazing dog is an amazing human. A human who spends lots of time with their dog and who trains them and builds a strong bond with them. These are the people who impress me.

Today’s Favorite Friday selection features an amazing dog with his equally amazing owner. Can you imagine going down the street and seeing them flying and flipping through the air? Wow!

I hope you enjoy the video.  Happy Friday!!!

Sheep herding (in pictures)

October 7, 2013 10 comments

I love watching working dogs do what they were meant to do. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of helping out at a sheep herding trial and watching several different compete. I was surprised at how many of breeds were represented – Border Collie, Rough-coated Collie, Rottweiler, Kelpie, Australian Cattle Dog, Samoyed and even a Bouvier des Flandres.

Unfortunately, I was so busy watching I often forgot to take pictures, but I did manage to snap a few. Enjoy!

IMG_8644

The morning started chilly and wet, but we did get a small bit of sun.

IMG_8621

Dogs competed with goats and sheep. Goat herding is a lot different than sheep herding. Here is one goat giving me “the look”.

IMG_8646

Rough-coated Collie herding sheep. They herd so much differently than Border Collies.

IMG_8645

Collies, Shelties and other breeds need to remain upright to appear intimidating to the sheep and maintain control of them. Border Collies and Kelpies use their “eye” to control the sheep.

IMG_8611

Traine uses his eye to control the sheep,

IMG_8649

Holding the sheep until the gate can be opened to let them in.

IMG_8651

Moving up to the sheep to move them towards the exit gate.

IMG_8620

A Border Collie at work. Amazing dogs to watch.

IMG_8652

Traine drives the sheep.

IMG_8623

IMG_8648

Traine is told to “lie down” so the sheep can be loaded into the trailer. Even at this distance, he is an intimidating presence.

IMG_8629

A Samoyed herding sheep.

IMG_8647

A Samoyed chasing sheep (not what a handler wants to see).

IMG_8650

Bouvier des Flandres herding sheep. A very different style than Border Collies or Kelpies.

IMG_8655

Getting the sheep into the trailer.

IMG_8643

A stormy and cold end to the day.

%d bloggers like this: