While I write this, Chester is sitting on the window ledge, watching the dogs in the yard and shouting out encouragement or disapproval as the occasion demands. Mainly disapproval. I know I said we’d have puppies in January, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t puppies here now. The current banes of my life are a… Continue reading It’s not that I mind puppies . . .
There are two other dogs here that aren’t sheepdogs. Lily is a Great Dope (I mean, Great Dane) and Eris is a half-Deerhound lurcher. Eris (whose name is borrowed from the Greek goddess for strife and dischord – and I’m not surprised) thinks it’s funny to follow me about, ruffling my fur and pretending to… Continue reading And as though border collies weren’t enough . . .
A nice man, who trains dogs for sheepdog trials, drove all the way from Powys a few days ago with some dogs for Andy to see. They seemed to spend the afternoon chasing sheep into pens and then chasing them out again, and getting very wet in the meantime. Thank heavens for the wood burner!… Continue reading As if we don’t have enough collies around the place already!
The yard has been in chaos all weekend. Some of the girls have come into season (apparently that’s what happens when females live together in a group) and they can’t play with the other dogs out in the field. Don’t they make a fuss when they get left behind! And I’m afraid that there have… Continue reading Female border collies causing chaos as usual!
I think it’s time to put the record straight. The Border collies around here are getting the impression that they’re somehow important. Just to explain things, I’m a Chihuahua called Alfie, and with my friend, Chester (a Papillon/Chihuahua cross – I prefer to think of him as a mongrel) it’s ME who keeps things together… Continue reading I’m a chihuahua, get me out of here!
Another picture showing the state of our sheepdog training area! It will be some weeks before we can start training again, so those of you who are hoping to attend training courses, please keep in touch with the blog for the latest news. Meanwhile, please let us have your feedback on the website, and if… Continue reading Training area? What training area?
The sheep may not be enjoying the winter weather but the dogs certainly are. Eli and Connie (above) have been having a great time playing together recently.
Sadly, we must suspend all sheepdog training for the near future. We have been snow-bound for a week now and more snow is forecast. Unfortunately, we are on heavy clay and it doesn’t drain too well, so we expect the ground to be unusable for several weeks after the snow thaws. Please keep in touch… Continue reading SHEEPDOG TRAINING SUSPENDED !