Poor Gem - watching Rowyn work sheep just about killed her, so Dale let her play for awhile one day
Monday, October 26, 2015
After a few days to get acclimated to his birthplace in the fall (think cold and rainy, with a few sunny and warm days thrown in for fun), it was time to trick the sheep into the round pen and turn (sorta) the red tornado loose on them.
It took several sessions, as it had been a few years since he was on any kind of stock (and that was dwarf goats with a mind of their own), but by the 4th session, he was really doing a great job for a hot young dog
Dale takes him for a spin on the motley group of sheep
Nice job reading the heads on the breakaway group and stopping them in their tracks!
Georges the ram and senior ewe Twyla test the youngsters mettle. Don't see him back down, do ya?
Watching the leaders and slowing the pace
Nice job waiting out straggler Twyla
No problem at all going straight into the heads when asked
Nor any problem eyeing them up to slow the pace
Rating on a loose line while the sheep calmly walk away, Georges the ram in the lead
There actually was a 4th and 5th session that didn't get any pix taken of, mostly due to either it being nearly dark or the camera lady was on one end of the line and the other camera lady was the target, but by those two last sessions, Ro was thinking clearly about what he needed to do and actually listening to the handler. He even made a believer out of Georges the ram, who decided that he was a, well, ram and his job was to protect his harem from the red wolf. Ro wasn't having any of it. He didn't quite go in for a bite on the nose, but he was right there in Georges face, making sure Georges knew he could if he so wanted to. Georges believed him.
Shelly at the helm for the first time this visit
Georges has to try, yet fail
Pogo the wily old Navajo-Churro ewe makes a bad decision to try and make a run for it
There's momma Cricket's eye coming out