The Real Time Canine II

After spending 2 years writing the Real Time Canine, the adventure continues with The Real Time Canine II. Read along as I look for just the right puppy to continue the experience. After false starts with Tim and Jed, I am currently training young Tam, and Spot, which are both off to a strong start. Please visit the RTC II to read about training sessions as they occur.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ranch Dog

Morning Chores
My dogs have been busy. Instead of training for our summer trials, though, they've been busy doing chores. Besides tending the practice sheep, there is a commercial flock of Suffolk ewes and lambs that go out in the morning and back in at night. They are beyond knowing the way, but can be tempted by nearby hay fields, or spooked in route by a tractor or loose dog, so it helps to have an extra set of legs on the job.

What's Next
The practice sheep also go in and out of an overnight pen, kept that way, because Boo, the guardian dog lives with the Suffolks. Fending for one's self isn't prudent for a ewe in this country, so they are protected as best as possible in a secure pen at night. Every morning they go out to a big pasture to hang for the day in grass to their bellies and ditch water in abundance.

All Finished
We're managing some training, usually first thing in the morning for a short time, but this is a commercial horse training facility  afterall. I have witnessed horse shows, pony summer camp, lessons and horse training  from daybreak to dark, and that is certainly the priority around here just now. Having grown up in a similar atmosphere, it's very nostalgic for me. In the meantime, the dogs are biding their time, running to train, and doing what they can to help out around here. All I can tell you is that it's our pleasure...our pleasure to be here, our pleasure to help.

1 comment:

  1. Mirk looks like he thinks he's died and gone to heaven!