Thursday, November 03, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
It's TMT day again, friends, and thanks to Laura over at Crooks and Crazies for another week of thought-provoking prompts.
1. If you won the lottery (a big one... I'm talking stupid muchos cash) what would you do with the money?
I would buy another house--we could call it a dog house--that had many rooms to house lots of people. I would go visit them every day and give them food and kisses--even if they didn't want the kisses, I would give kisses to them because they would be my people who I bought to give kisses to. I would also buy 107 dog beds with lots of cushiness and thick bolsters--nicer even than the ones the scribes look at on the computer window. I would buy Rafe, Hamish, Kyzer and Lad some more pasture land so they could have some more sheep, and I would buy Tansy 13 soft toys that would be in a special room in the dog house that only she could go in so that only she could play with them and they wouldn't get destuffed by some other dog (Rafe, we aren't looking at you. Nope). I would buy Renzo some videos so he could have lots of video nights with our scribes.
I would donate the rest to the place we got Tansy, cause they could sure use it. And some to RDM at That'll Do Border Collie Rescue, too, because she helps other dogs like us.
2. After winning the lottery would you work a day job? If so, what would you do?
Definitely not. I don't work a day job now.
3. Do you have any auxiliary dogs? Auxiliary dogs are dogs that are not essential to your main purpose (usually tiny, but not always). If you don't have an auxiliary dog what might you choose?
4. Do you have a favorite crock pot recipe (or other recipe) you can share?
We don't make this in a crockpot, but it's pretty good:
Quick Canine Hash
1 cup millet (or you can use bulghur or couscous if your scribes can safely handle wheat products. One of our scribes has celiac disease, so we don't have wheat at our house)
1 cup ground meat (any meat will do; we like hamburger)
1 1/2 tsp bonemeal
1 tblsp nutritional yeast
Cook the grain, add the meat to the hot grain, stir in the other stuff. You can add some cooked vegetables and fruit, esp. melon or banana. Kyzer would like to mention that he's not really a fan of banana.
Serve with a nice Pinot Grigio (for scribes only)
Thursday, September 29, 2011
You're gonna find, yes, you will
That you're beautiful as you feel"
I do not feel ashamed
I'm your hell; I'm your dream
I'm nothing in between
you know you wouldn't want it any other way"
Thursday, September 15, 2011
1. If you're not at the 2011 Sheepdog finals this weekend what are you planning to do?
I'll be spending the week-end snuffling around in the tall grass, helping my scribe pick up the mail and do gardening chores, nap. I'll have my breakfast at the Breakfast Time and my dinner at the Dinner Time. I think my scribe rather than Tansy's scribe will be in charge of meals this week-end since I heard that Tansy's scribe might be going visiting. My scribe isn't as skilled, but we don't starve.
My scribe will be working and watching the finals (If I were a betting kind of dog [and I most certainly am not] then I'd say that she'll keep telling herself to work but that she'll mostly be watching the finals)
Thursday, September 01, 2011
2. How do you transport your dogs? This question suggested by several peeps, including Mara.
3. What role does obedience play in your training or running of your dog(s)?
4. At what point do you start putting commands on your dogs?
5. Do you talk to strangers in elevators? Question posted by Laura #1
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I used to prefer any food that was available on the counter but then a few years ago, I got really turned on to kitty food. We had this old cat, Inji, who ate on the side table and that was great. Since she was old and weak, she was easy to push aside. The counters at our new house are a lot wider, so it's harder to get my treats. Now, my favorite food is sardines, which we get on Wednesday nights.
3. What is your favorite interest outside of dogs/livestock/sports?
Well, I think I've mentioned that I like to play fetch (but only when the other dogs don't come to me and get in my way) and I like to visit with people and give kisses (funny, the visitors don't usually seem to appreciate my gentle, delicate, hardly wet at all style). I don't like any sports really. That's why my people ended up going to sheep. I also like to lay on the couch and rub my face after dinner.
The people read. And read. And read. I guess they like that. At least they let us sit with them when they do it.
4. Describe your path from where you started out to where you are now! (For example, how did you get from Novice to Open? How long did it take? Train dogs? Buy dogs? I'll take answers for any sort of discipline, or even how did you go from wild dog that didn't listen to well behaved dog - interpret this however you like.) This question was suggested by Pippin (yes, that'd be ME!)
I started training the people in 2004 when they brought me home. I worked hard to teach them to give me cookies and stuff like that. Before all the other dogs came, my scribe taught me lots and lots of tricks. I can whisper and play dead and shake with both left and right. I know how to bring useful objects on command and to turn on the light. I can shut doors. That was fun stuff to learn. My person tried to train me to discriminate among different toys like those Border Collies, Rico and Chaser, but she was not up to the job. Once the other dogs started to come and the people got interested in stockwork, I got new jobs. I'm the second in command (or third if you count the people as two instead of as a unit--but we don't usually do that) and I take that pretty seriously.
The people started learning to do stock stuff in spring 2006, but they didn't really have the dogs for being serious with it and they wanted to be more serious. Hamish was pretty good, but he was only one dog and they needed at least two. Tansy was fun, but had some baggage. So, in summer 2006, they added Rafe as a 7 mos old and then in December of that same year, they got Kyzer as a puppy. So, there they were with three young, green dogs to work (plus Tansy) and green as grass themselves. I shook my head....but they got good advice from their training friends and slowly learned.
My brother Hamish went to his first trial in 2007. (N.B. If I were that kind of braggart, I might add that I came in first in the second Novice/Novice trial at the Bluegrass in 2008. Just in case you're wondering about me. H.B. Moy.) My scribe sent Kyzer to see a man about a bridge in Alberta all winter in 2009. They all moved into Pro-Novice in 2010 and are now at Ranch, but they haven't been trialling much lately. Spending more time and effort on learning. My scribe is thinking that she is going to move into Open with Kyzer next year. Kyzer claims he's ready to go now, but she's holding him back.
Tansy's scribe got Laddie last September and he's looking pretty fine. He's never written a blog post, though--maybe next week.
5. Is there a dog that you raised that, if you knew then what you know now, you would have raised them differently? Question posed by Jodi.
My people would have handled things differently with Rafe and Hamish. See, they are silly and don't get along at all, so one or the other of them has to be in the crate all the time. The people would have done more to intervene in their interactions if they'd understood where things were headed. No telling if that would have made a difference. They would have also done more to socialize Kyzer and build his confidence around people and other dogs, especially other dogs. Then he might not bark at those dangerous dogs in the mirror so much. We all find that annoying.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Miss Pippin said I could answer those questions from that gal at Carson's Crazies. Okay!
1. Who is your newest dog? Where is he/she from, and why did you choose this particular dog/breeding?
Well, newest pup is Lad. Nice fellow, real fast. Spotted him at the big field we work every week or so. Smart handler there, she has some good challenges for me. So, we saw she had a tri-color smoothie like me, guess my folks knew that was a good look. Thought he'd grow out of all that white, lord he glows in the dark.
2. What traits drew you to this dog or breeding?
Not real sure, guess it's where he's from. Local boy, like me. Tells me his ma and pa are good workers, ma even works cattle. My handler said she likes to learn from different style pups, and trusts that smart handler about the kind of pup to bring into the flock.
Here's a photo of the Lad, looks good:
3. What's on your feet right now?
Nothing!! Lord. Got a bit of a split nail, hear talk of "vet wrap". Never like that stuff.
4. What are you reading right now?
Sheep. Well, if they were here. Read the people, cats, other pups.
5. What upcoming trials are you looking forward to? If you don't trial dogs I'll take whatever activity that you're looking forward to.
Hear talk of Kentucky and Ohio when the sun sets early. Hear we're getting our own sheep too. Right now, looking forward to going outside.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Laura over at Crooks and Crazies has this Thursday game going and I thought it'd be fun to play.
(2) How many dogs do you have? All dog math variations accepted.
(3) What do you do for a day job?
(4) What questions would you like to answer (or ask)?
(5) What was for dinner last night?
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
One of the Delights of living in the Country is the Wealth and Variety of Smells. And Objects. I believe this Delight is understood by Everydog. Therefore I will not Describe; you will simply Know. Here is Pippin, enjoying a Smell:
She was soon joined by Rafe:
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I am Delighted to return to barking here! Many Suns and Snows have passed since we have moved to the Country. Much Work, Tales to Tell. We love our new Space. And I believe It loves Us, it has become more Beautiful since our Arrival. Here I present a photograph of my First Visit, before the Snow:
And you saw how Beautiful it is now, in the Photograph on Minimal Monday?