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First Prize!

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Today we went to the Moorabbin Dog Obedience Club's first  Fun Day for the year.

I had entered Sasha in CCD and Java is in Pink1 level.

Sasha worked really well. We havent been to many classes this year so i was not really happy with her performance. Me on the other hand.. i kept talking to her, thats a no no... and i just cant walk straight (no suprises there!)

Java on the other hand i had a few issues with. Typically when i train with Java there is a lot of Luring involved. Food in hand and off we go. If she stays in position she knows there will be a treat coming out of that hand she has been focusing on for the past few steps. In the ring there was no food allowed.

I could see as we kept going through the exercises she was getting crancky... no FOOD! Thankfully she waited until the last exercise to totally shutdown.. yes it was the return to heal! She wasnt going to do it at all.

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She has gone AWOL!!

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What a peaceful day... it was 4pm my day was almost over, i was itching to get home.

The phone rings... blocked number. Typically i just let it go to message bank but today for some reason i answer the phone.



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PepperTree Park

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The weather started off looking very ominous. It wasn’t just raining, it was flogging down!

I got the dogs ready in the car and paused… was it really worth an hour trip in the rain? The thought of staying inside with Sasha and Java horrified me! We had to go! Started the engine and we were off!

I couldn’t see more than a few meters in front due to the heavy rain. The window wipers were on full speed, but it didn’t seem to help much. As I approached the West Gate Bridge the sun poked out of the clouds! Goodbye Melbourne! Keep your crappy weather we are off to Bacchus Marsh!

We were off to catch-up with the Herding Crowd at Pepper Tree Park. Most of us met at Diggers Herding or Driving Force working sheep dog club, so there were a lot of working dogs. Border Collies and Kelpies, not to forget to mention Greyhounds, and one labrador.

It was great catching up with everyone, I haven’t seen some of the crowd for almost 12 months. We invaded Pepper Tree Park there were 10 of us with 18 dogs.

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Teesdale Herding

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Today Java and I went down to Glenn and Dee’s place in Teesdale to have another herding lesson.

It was the first time i went to Teesdale, what a beautiful place it was!

It was a special day for Ollie who had his first Herding lesson today.

He is a Vern Sullivan tri-colour border owned by Melissa, who I have met at Norton’s Park. He is just a beautiful looking boy. He took to the sheep like a duck to water (I really must stop with the idioms and phrases!) He worked beautifully with Glenn, he was really calm and totally focused on the sheep. Its great to see dogs doing what they were bred for.

Java and I are now working on balancing. Getting Java to work around the sheep so she is always opposite me balancing the sheep.

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Time for sheep

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I’ve been trying for weeks to get Java out to look at sheep but there has always been an excuse, the main one is fixing fences to try and keep her in for the week. But today we finally went to Driving Force Working Sheepdog Club at Freshwater Creek to show Java sheep for the first time.

I decided to leave Sasha at home much to her disappointment. Nothing worse than driving out the driveway and having her wide eyes staring in disbelief that I forgot to take her again!! But she was with mum & dad and i was sure she would be spoit badly, which makes you feel a little better

Freshwater Creek is around 1 ½ hour drive from home. We stopped a few times but it didn’t stop the car sickness. As soon as I opened the crate I realized Java is still suffering badly from car motion sickness.. There goes breakfast!

It was great to be back in the paddock, it had certainly been a while! The last time I was here was in February with Sasha. Java found an instant friend with Hannah’s new 10 week old Kelpie pup Thisbe. They played for a while and then it was our turn to hit the paddock.

Glenn and Dee were great. They explained to me that we would just let Java in and see what she does, there was no pressure and if she wasn’t interested it was all OK, we were just there to turn on the light bulb and get her keen. We had around 100 sheep in the paddock.

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