Thursday, September 29, 2011

The T in W, T, F

That post on Facebook...the one that says "after Tuesday, even the calendar says W, T, F!" cracks me up!  So today is the second born T in the week and it is the day to tell all.  I have to admit, I should stop reading other blogs before I start mine on the Tell all to Laura Thursday...because Eyeherdewe takes the cake.  She is all the creativity I would ever want to be.....and her use of strong, bold words....."HOLYJESUSONANACCESSORIZEDCROSS", well I guess she is one of a kind and good thing too.

1. What movie do you love but are too embarrassed to admit you love it?

None....I am not too embarrassed to tell you that I LOVE Princess Bride, and Sandlot, and Mary Poppins.  When my boys were very young, we watched this documentary called Shengi or something like that.  It as about a female lion cub that was found in the plains of Africa and raised up by these park rangers.  It was a three-part, nightly series, and my husband was out of town so it was just me and the boys.  I should have known better....and it has NEVER been on TV again that I know of...because after they were done raising this lioness....they tried to release her into the wild.  And she got the crap beaten out of her by the other bitches in the pride and died!  My boys and I cried and cried and cried.
2. Ann wants to know: How far do you drive/travel to attend trials, clinics, lessons? How far is too far?
Really?  There is such a thing as "too far". Sista, (and bruthus if any read me) if I get to run a dog at the World trial....I will put that pet passport on my Nell and book my flight!  Hmm, I better start saving......
3. What is your theme song (circa Ally McBeal)?
Who?  I will say I have been singing that Kellie Pickler song "Tough" a lot lately. 
Tough; I ain't never been nothin' but tough
All my edges have always been rough
But Jesus loves me anyway; oh, back off
There ain't nothin' wrong with a woman that got a little backbone

4. Laura S wants to know: If you had to choose a new dog activity, one that you had never done before, what would you choose?

Search & Rescue....a few years back a lovely border collie was the hero in finding the missing child.

My husband, otoh, wants to take one of my dogs to go mountain biking.  Hope he does not take the SAR dog so I can come find him if he gets lost.

5. What would your dog choose

I would guess they would say...anything with me.  But I do know they all have a hankering for sheep. 

I have been looking forward to Vashon SDT and finally it is here. Bella is going to have a taste of Open to see what she thinks in an  N/C sort of way.  I better start studying the running order now....if I thought two open dogs were hard to keep could be a very interesting weekend!

Seize the Day!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stinking Lie Downs!!!!!

I have a whole batch of really nice Pepper Jelly all canned up and waiting on the counter for the Indian Trade that is scheduled to happen.  Wonder how many "stinking lie downs" a girl can get out of 7 jars of Pepper Jelly?  I am working on my first batch of blackberry jam.....just in case the pepper jelly fails me!  But in all seriousness...I have started putting a "stinking lie down" on Miss Gyp. 

I'm not sure if I am right with this but when I get it...I quickly give her the next task so she sees the reward for the dirty belly.  Obviously, I will have to fade out of that....but my goal is to keep a grudge from forming.  If I have to leave the sheep to get the "stinking lie down" it is not as much fun...for Gyp or me.  I'm not always asking for it....the SLD.....but am getting it, one way or another, every darn time I ask. 

One of the side effects to this "stink" was a little more thoughtful Gyp.  Interesting.  And also a little more biddability.....which she has seemed to have snuck into one of the kid's college bags and shipped off to another city, if not state. My once angelic cherub has grown demon horns and a Satan attitude for sure.  (Dear God, could that be the Hello Kitty stock stick?)  So I am thinking this "SLD" might actually be a good alter call...a little lie down religion might do her some good. 

I WILL prevail!  Or die trying......

Seize the Day!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Post Clinic Confession.....

What is it about me and a "stinking lie down"?  Maybe because Sally came with so much "stinking lie down" baggage, I tread lightly on this training. The truth of the matter, or maybe excuse #1067, I certainly don't want to make a grudge holding dog over a "stinking lie down".  Or maybe it is because I am lazy.....undisciplined......hate confrontation.....

PS told me, the very first time he saw Gyp, that I would need one. As did SG......and my friend MF might have subtly suggested it. I have drug my feet, lived in denial, turned a blind eye.  Now KK has jumped on the "stinking lie down" wagon and I have glasses! 

Wonder how many jars of jalapeno pepper jelly it will take to get my good friend, CM, to put a "stinking lie down" on my Gyp?


Seize the Day! 

Friday, September 23, 2011


Yep that is right....Thank God It Is Friday...and, as Tigger would say, "Ta Ta For Now!" 

NOT Ta Ta as in that "save the ta tas" rubber brand bracelet my teenage son wore for "breast cancer awareness".  Ta Ta as in 'see ya real soon'.....I'm off to a Kathy Knox clinic!!!! Doing "The wonderful thing about Tiggers Is Tiggers are wonderful things Their tops are made out of rubber Their bottoms are made out of springs They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!" happy dance and filled with the night before Christmas excitement here! (not exactly cougar dancing....just sayin)

In keeping with yesterday's Crooks and Crazies Blog question......what are your 6 month goals....this clinic helps me make a plan for meeting some of my 6 month dog goals.

Bella is looking like she is ready for Open.  She is starting to understand shedding, however,  that last little tickle in the back of my brain continues to be her top end.  On most given days I can blow her correct.  Kathy has watched my Bella grow up from the absolute literal first day I got her.  I picked her up and went to a Kathy Knox clinic!  I love the consistency of having input on a regular basis about my dogs from folks I respect and enjoy training with.  With that said, I still argue with myself on "giving Bella the answer" with the blowouts, vs "finding a correction that makes sense to Bella, as well as one that does not add tension, and helping her find her own answer".  I know there are many variables in between those two options so I am sorting it out and am looking for some guidance with a plan. I also wrestle with maturity and knowing that the more experience we both have, the more understanding we is her top end lack of understanding?  I've also had the opportunity to work Bella in a big group situation...where she gathered a field of 1,000 ewes and lambs.  I feel that as she develops the ability to look out and cast to keep going around ALL the sheep on the field...her top end might make a little more sense.  These are all just ponderings and gut feelings I want to bounce off Kathy and glean from her vast training experience base.

Gyp is the second dog for the clinic.  I still think "time and miles" for this 21 month old girl.  She is clever and biddable and confident but I want to develop some natural to her.  She is one that it would be real easy for me to tell her what to do and get it done....but I fear taking away or not allowing the development of common sense and puzzle solving. 

Nell might have a little go, but then again, I might save her for the Scott Glen shedding clinic and private lesson I have early November.  Don't want overwhelm Ms. Knox any more than I already have in the 4 years I have known her!

Right now...this very second, I am burning the first go at the second Patrick Shannahan training DVD.  I am hoping to get it in the mail today so we can begin putting the finishing touches on it.  Yet another have that ready for the World in time for Christmas.


Seize the Day!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oh Dear....Maybe You Should Not Have Asked!

Laura, over at Crooks and Crazies......are you sure you meant to ask ME this question?!  Me, the radical over-thinker....."Going forward over the next six months, what are your goals?."

Where do I begin.....what has not already been penciled in and written about over and over and over. 

Okay deep breath....

1) get name off list of folks to be filmed for next season's Hoarders.  In other words...purge, babay!

2) get name off list for potential Biggest Loser....nuf said.

3) Have the whole wide world embrace, learn, and grow from the new tools coming from Little Horse Mountain Productions. The Whole World!

4) Enjoy a little less steep learning curve.

5) Find joy and thankfulness in being able to live my dream.

6) Learn to walk to the cool as Katy.

7) Finger whistle like a Glen.

8) Shed like a diva rock star...Deal fashion.

9) Have Gyp be identified as TAG (talented and gifted) just like her luvah boy, Rye.

10) Live vicariously through 10-4 ranch.....I miss football...sigh....those youthful football games.

11) Hit my cross dive panels!

12) Embrace change.

13) love deeper, speak sweeter, give forgiveness I've been denying......

Seize the Day!

TMT Mud Control

So last of the Tell Me questions was...."what do you do for mud control".  My answer to this question is a little spendy but worth every penny! 

You know those rubber mats they have with the holes in them that they use in commercial kitchens?

Well, I put those down in the highly trod on areas.  Pretty amazing. Every now and then I pull them up and reset them.  Over time the grass grows through the holes and that is fine in the summer but a little messy in the winter as the grass dies.  Mine are black (cheaper) and I buy a few every year adding to the protected area.

This year, we have had a family of gophers ravaging our back there are all these huge mounds of dirt.  Of course all those living in the valley know.....mounds of dirt = mud bogs for dog play once the rain hits.  I am thinking of having a smoke bomb party to move the gopher family out and then replanting grass seed.  My electro-net might come home to keep the dogs out until the grass comes in.   

Seize the Day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fabulous Fleeces For Sale

Hey all you Rocking Dog Ranch fleece lovers....I have the best lamb fleece crop this year!  A number of 3/4 Bluefaced Leicester + 1/4 Coopworth...a few 1/2 Bluefaced Leicester + 1/2 Shetland...and a few 1/2 Bluefaced Leicester + 1/2 Coopworth. Oh yea and a black Bluefaced Leicester adult fleece.  All these are available now....and will be making their appearance at Oregon Flock & Fiber in the Superior Fiber booth and hopefully the parking lot sale.  If you want to pre-buy.....just contact me lora(at)rockingdogranch(dot)com.

Back to picking......

Seize the Day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Back to Life....

...back to reality.

Don't ya just love a good brain worm to start your Monday Morning?! 

This is just how I feel....Soldier Hollow-Meeker-International-Finals-World binge hangover today!  I did indeed watch a few telecast runs from the USBCHA finals. I also followed twitter like an OCD stalker, finger sore from hitting refresh a billion times and more.   

Now what? 

Right...I have some dogs to train. I'm making my list for each dog....what I need to train, fine tune, and leave to simmer.  My Bella is pretty darn close to moving to open. Gyp is maturing nicely.  I have promised myself and those I call mentor, to leave her to do that.  She is getting a lot of chore time with dabbles of "training".  In fact I used her to load the ram and a few of his friends into the stock trailer for an auction run.  She was lovely and bold...thank goodness...because that ram wanted to kick my butt!

Kathy Knox is coming this way for a clinic next weekend.  I'm hoping to have my list all memorized by the time of her arrival so she does not see it.  I'm practicing my delivery as well....hoping it does not appear as a list being read but more off the cuff...."I was thinking that maybe Bella needs work on _____". 

October also holds two fabulous trials...Vashon, which I have been meaning to have a go at with the Harlow Fine wool ewes. This trial offered a few non-compete open Miss Bella Bella Mozzarella will have a go and I can make my decision about which class she runs for the winter.  And Fire Ridge which is rugged and amazing!  Then, if the stars align...I'm hoping to have a go at Hopland in early November. 

Dare I confess that I am taking the THIRD (yes third) shedding clinic with Mr. Scott Glen.  I think I will leave my dogs at home for this I KNOW I am the one who needs the work!  But the girls will come along as I need their help to shed. over-thinkers paradise.....

Seize the Day!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Whole Wide World

As the USBCHA Finals continue...without Colorado....the World Trial is going on in Scotland.  I wonder if Colorado and Scotland are about the same size?  Hmmm

Here is the link to follow along


Heather has put things in a nice tidy page......this is where you will find me for hours at a time...checking, imagining, cheering, dreaming.....


Folks I am rooting for...Tommy Wilson and Sly for sure.  My Bella's 3/4-or-so sister.  Sly gives me great hope for a tension free relationship with my girl.  And then there is Claire Burson, my friend!  She lives my dream for me......spending half her year in the UK! 

I'm just sitting here contemplating how much I want to spend to watch the finals.  My friend and partner in crime put down a sweet run at the US finals and I really want to watch her run so I am buying time!  Here is the link to buy time to watch runs.....I think the first hour is free.....


I am running around trying to get caught up on life.....thank GOD and my hubby for my iPhone.  Living on tweets and a few swear words when the updates are slow!!!

Seize the Day!!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's Here!

In order to get over my pity party of being left behind....I have spent the last two days setting and exhausting sheep at the AKC Border Collie Specialty that is being held in Scio, Oregon.  This is the AKC's version of the USBCHA to speak.  I'll post move thoughts on all this later, but I just wanted to, I was glued to my iPhone, reading tweets to keep up with the first day of the USBCHA finals.

Here are a few links for quick updates

USBCHA Finals Web Site

USBCHA Official Results

My favorite:


almost as good as being there!

This twitter from Sheepdog News is the site I was on between sets and exhausts......radioing all those who cared what was happening in Colorado. 

And here is the blog for the finals for some good reading on handlers and more up-to-date scores.

The Sheepdog Finals Blog

If all this isn't about the most exciting finale...the World trial is just around the corner.

Oh the dreams of trials to come.....

Seize the Day!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011



Over on Facebook, there area a few posts about "get over it, bad stuff happens all over the world" and "we as Americans are stuck in our grudge holding".  I so don't agree.  I want to honor and remember and yes, move forward.  I feel a need to celebrate the heroes who showed us what America really is made of.  I'm also thankful for the reminder, at least once a year, to stop taking life for granted! Stop sweating the small stuff, and as you know.....

Seize the DAY!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

But Wait, It's Saturday!


Yesterday, Monique pointed out that it was Friday.  My empty nester life has turned into a blur of endless activity that is lacking chapter marks without school open houses and football games.  The eye doctor, who is hell bent on helping me hit my cross drive panels, assures me the, what I am choosing to call my "should have had more" stage will pass with time. Please understand why I write my Tell All Thursday on a Saturday morning, thinking it is actually Tuesday but glad for all these extra days!

1. What is the biggest thing that grossed you out over the past week?

I do not get grossed out easily.  I am a retired RN for goodness sakes, and a home health one at that.  I have seen some nasty nasty stuff.  In all actuality, I sort of get a fascination out of things that would make others hurl.  Like the mummy lamb I pulled last lambing season....I did indeed dissect it.  I also lanced and cleaned a foxtail abscess on a ewe this week. 

2. What do you feed your dogs?

Taste of the Wild Salmon + NutriSource Chicken and Rice + fish oil

3. If you could move anywhere where would you live?

Wales, Malin, Idaho......but in all reality, I work hard and finding all the reasons to love where I live now.  I have struggled with the idea that "anywhere else" would solve a problem when in reality that problem would move right with me.  A little serious for a Saturday morning but there you have it!  I really love that George Strait song, "I Saw God Today." 

I've been to church
I've read the book
I know he's here
But I don't look
Near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I just slowed down to stop and stare
Opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today

It is so true.....and so I look for His fingerprints right where I am at.

4. What is the funniest thought that occurred to you (or thing that happened to you) this week?

The neighbor's chicken has decided to move her four babies to my place.  This is soooo not going to work.  But Gyp, having never seen chickens before, gave a low quiet bark at them and then promptly went and dabbed chicken crap on her neck perfume points!  Atta way to show 'em...and clever to take it home with ya!

5. If you couldn't have your breed of choice what would be next on your list?

Tuesday, (the real Tuesday) for the first time ever, I got to see a Huntaway work!  It really was amazing! 

The Heading Dog (aka New Zealand Border Collie) + my border collies were used to gather the 125 acre field of the 1000 ewes and lambs....but once the mob got close, the Huntaway began the big push to the pen.

Yes they do bark!  But not in an insane, OCD way....from what I could see, he only barked when he needed to move them in a BIG way.  Other than that, this one was very quiet and very serious.

I think they are handsome in a different sort of way.  So put me down for a Huntaway as a dog I would love to have a go at training. 

Seize the Day!

PS If you are interested in Huntaways or NZ Heading dogs, I have put up the link to Kiwi Kennels on the right of the blog under "my favorite working dog web sites".

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Meeker starts today.  The list of handlers running is filled with folks from my neck of the woods.  Someday....maybe....but for now here is the link. 


From the scores so far, the trial looks to be living up to its reputation! 
The International starts tomorrow which is this evening my time. 

All these trials......all these fabulous dogs and handlers.....and more to come!  Almost better than chocolate!

Good luck everyone! 

Seize the Day!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

International Speak

Due to the fact that, where I live, we are having the hottest September ever.....I continue to live vicariously through others thanks to the Internet! 

SoHo finished up with absolute perfection for us stay-at-homers.  Only thing better might have been the ability to watch runs...but the website updates were so very timely and the facebook updates the last day were fabulous.

While folks are packing up and making the sojourn to Meeker.....let's hop across the pond and stay glued to the refresh button as the International gets underway....


Seize the Day!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

What Keeps Your Attention this Labor Day Weekend?

Mine is on my computer monitor....controlled by the wicked Internet.......which will pretty much have me wrapped around its "OCD paradise, needing an intervention for the number of times I hit the refresh button, OMG I must be on drugs" finger for the majority of September! 

This weekend is SoHo to the cool elite crowd or just plain Soldier Hollow for the "wanna bees" who stay home living vicariously through the blogs that tell it like they want to see it.

You too can be join me in cursing the slightest tardy in an update.....

Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Trial

Seize the DAY!!!!!