Stock Doggin Good Times

After an almost three month hiatus from working stock dogs I plunged back into it today. Oh, it was fun to be back at it. BJ, Gibson and Jayde wholeheartedly agree. 

When you do an awful lot of something of real importance to you, you fluctuate through high times and low times. I felt that low point with the stock dogs late in 2013. With December being as cold as it was, I didn’t do much beyond the flock work that had to get done. Then I made the choice to completely leave stock dog work alone for January and February.  Being as they are (and certainly were) the coldest months of our year on the prairies I thought this would be a good choice. It was better than good, it was a very sound choice for the dogs and I.

Months off from a routine is enough to nip that routine in the bud, so it did take some effort to move myself out of the art studio, dress up, head outdoors and bring sheep in. The ground surface is a bit of a nightmare, hard packed in some spots, knee deep in others and icy in between. So I worked in the small indoor space I have, with a very fresh and lovingly light group of ram lambs and wethers (light refers to their movement away from dogs and humans, not their weight. Sheep who are worked often become dulled to the presence of dogs and people and are less concerned about fleeing. They are referred to as heavy. Light sheep flee like deer).

It was good to feel the rhythm of dogs and sheep again and feel the joy for it come back to life.