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27 March 2015

Red And Liam: Something New

In My Years

In My Years

I've been herding sheep with border collies for nearly 15 years now, I have a hard time remembering when I didn't have a border collie, my favorite breed of dog, a wonderful kind of dog. I got a border collie when I shouldn't have had one and knew little about them, I started working with dog trainers to figure them out. Now, working with sheep and a border collie is a natural enough thing to do, especially with a keen animal like Red.

I don't trial with him, it's not our thing. He is a farm dog, like my other border collies, and a valuable one. Still, in these years of working with border collies – Orson, Rose, Izzy and Red, I've never seen a relationship quite like the one Red and Liam  have. Orson couldn't herd sheep, Rose had no patience for challenge, she would have dragged Liam all around the pasture. Izzy was a sweet creature, he preferred people to sheep, hospice work was his thing.

Usually rams or wethers would challenge a dog, but intermittenly. Liam challenges Red every single day, but  gently. He stands in front of Red, defies  him, tries to stare him down, then he usually backs up or backs off. But these two face off every single day, their days begin in that way. Red gets close, goes into his killer-crouch, and waits for Liam to buckle. It's the eye that gets Liam every time. Border collies control sheep with their eyes, and Red has a powerful look.

Liam seems to want to prevail, but melts under the stare every time. It's an automatic start to the day now, something we hardly notice. I wonder if it will go on forever. Liam is a good guy, a gentle and affectionate creature. He has never backed Red off, I doubt that he ever will.

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26 March 2015

At The Round House, Red and Scott Catch Up

Red And Scott

Red And Scott

At The Round House, a powerful sense of connection and community. I realized I can tell stories on open mike night,

I am a story-teller. Red and Scott are very connected, before Open Mike Night we visited, Scott and Red caught up.

One of the many things i love about Scott Carrino is that he loves what he does, but every week he wants to do something else –

write, sing, teach. He is good at running a cafe, he would be good at all of the others as well.

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23 March 2015

Pamela, Red And Paul

Pamela, Red and Paul

Pamela, Red and Paul

The big horses at Blue-Star Equiculture are curious, they all wanted to get close to Red, Red was not eager to get close to them. He preferred to jump on the back of a farm truck and cuddle with Pam and Paul.

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19 March 2015

Red Is Ready

Red Is Ready

Red Is Ready

They say border collies are the dogs that are most closely and genetically linked to wolves. I believe it. When Red is in the pasture, he is all focus and intensity, the herding drive permeates every inch of his body. When he is outside of the pasture, he is sweet and calm and is transformed, a Jekyll and Hyde.

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18 March 2015

Red At Work

Red At Work

Red At Work

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