When there is so much of this type of work in one short period I get to really see where the dogs shine. It’s a beautiful feeling made more so since it follows on the heels of a training camp. This summer has been so full of dogs and many times I have been overwhelmed. Opportunities like herding camp and weeks of ranch work like this one, return a sense of purpose. I almost wish we had this much sheep work for the dogs every week, okay, maybe just every month - that was a lot of sheep work.
(I did not take any photos but when looking to see if I had any file photos to share I see Allen took one with the phone).
|Working into the evening|
BlackJack is sprawled across my lap, falling asleep and beginning to snore as I type. He barely fits in my lap anymore. It is a great comfort to feel the solid weight of him. This dog full summer will wind down and before I know it my pack will be down to just a few good working dogs again. I don’t want to let the beauty of this experience get lost in the tribulation.
The dog days of summer continue next week when friends from Montana arrive for an extended visit to do some duck hunting (Labrador Retriever in tow) and to work some Kelpies.
p.s. I finished the livestock guardian dog article in good time. I’ll make a point of sharing the articles here as blog posts sometime.