Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday lamb count

It was a busy lamb morning today - a set of twins and a single, all girls. Yesterday morning there was a single boy. So the current count is 14, with 8 girls and 6 boys. Only 3 more ewes to go!

It was a good weekend - new lambs popping out, the sun shining, redbuds and dogwoods blooming, trees leafing out over the new green grass. Add in good friends and good dog working, and what more could you ask for?

Speaking of dog working, Moss was absolutely spectacular this weekend. He started taking his flank whistles on the drive and was just really, really trying hard to work with me and be a good sheepdog. I could easily have run him on a Nursery/Ranch course yesterday. He's turned into a real team player and the sheep like and trust him. My plan with him all along has been to train on him as he could take it, without any real pressure, mostly putting mechanics on him, and see if his keenness and talent would catch up, and boy is it. He's never tried to quit working or anything like that, but he was a little lackadaisical about it all, not really digging down deep and trying when it got a little hard. Now, at 16 months old, his heart is growing in leaps and bounds and he's turning into a really good dog. I can hardly wait to see what he's going to be like at 2.

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