Thursday, January 31, 2013

I've said it before, I'll say it again.

Border collies are so hard to live. 

Such hyper things.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

If you can't beat them, join them.

My name is Lisa and I am addicted to working dogs...except that it has been NINE days since I've worked one.

Just 16 days ago, I was pretty cocky with my "Where there's a will, there's a way." story. 

We've had at least another foot of snow since then.

So now I've gone from wheretheresawilltheresaway to ifyoucantbeatthemjointhem.  

Instead of fighting winter, we will embrace it!

The dogs and I will spend the rest of the winter hanging out in the back yard, playing with friends. 

As back yards go, we could be a lot worse off... 

Almost all of the pictures (think any of the really good ones) were taking by Jennifer McCaffery - thanks again!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Together again

Gyp's been in season, so needless to say there's been a bit of "separation anxiety" in the house. Hers for being locked out in purgatory (her run), and the boys at NOT being locked out in purgatory (her run).  2 young boys and a girl in heat - reminds me why I had Kate spayed! 

Given that I am definitely getting lazier as I get older, it was very nice to finally be able to run everyone together again today. We hit the trails and the dogs definitely were more interested in having a great run together more than anything else. Looks like we're back to our normal routine!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Where there's a will, there's a way.

The snow came early this year and it has definitely stuck around. I told Travis just last week that I figured I'd give Gyp a break till spring because the footing just wasn't great for me to be chasing a young dog around. 

Anyone who knows me knows I"m not great at taking we dug out the round pen, first with the quad and a shovel, and then this week - when I couldn't get the quad into the round pen for all of the snow sitting outside of it - I dug it out again by hand. Flint and I in the meantime were working in a tiny packed area in the bigger pen. 

Fact of the matter is, the footing was no good anywhere. So...a little bartering with a good neighbour down the road...

and Voila!! a new training field.  

The guardian dogs love the new play ground I've given them,

and Ralph quickly took advantage of the new views.

and I took advantage of his distraction to get some shots at of him walking past me at eye level.  You can never have too many guardian dog pup pictures!

Proof that Flint can lie down. 

Proof that I shouldn't try to take pictures and work Flint at the same time. 

Here's to wide open spaces! 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Coming along

 Flint isn't the only one coming along in his training...



and Lexi all had a "2 steps forward" kind of day.  

A great start to a Happy New Year.