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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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Brian White Workshop

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Brian comes from rural Ireland where he works as a professional Shepherd and has been training working dogs since the age of 12 years. Brian has worked and trained with some of the top handlers in Ireland and the UK.

The workshop went over 2 days and was hosted by Driving Force Working Sheepdog Club, Victoria.

We had to be at Freshwater Creek by 8.30am that meant for me a 5am wakeup call! When i arrived I was surprised at how many sheep were on the property! I had never seen so many sheep. Typically when we worked sheep we would only have a few in the yard, there were hundreds on this property! There were around 10 of us at the workshop, Kelpies, border collies; oh and one Coolie!

We started off in the small yard so he could establish the level that everyone was at. Some of the attendees were farmers and others were city slickers who only trained once in a blue moon (Sasha and I)
I was really excited! I stopped taking Sasha herding once i found out she had HD; so it had been around 2 years since she has seen sheep. She went in too hard and got chastised but the second round she was great!

She started to settle down and just work the sheep and not appear to be too anxious. Unfortunately that afternoon she started limping so we finished up pretty quick.

Dinner was great we all sat on the veranda chatting and had a great BBQ! Glenn was the star of the show and was the only one who could get the gas fitting attached to the bottle! So we ate well!

We camped out at the farm. It was a really quite a warm night. Yvette got the camp fire going and i was on my last apple cider when it was time for bed. I thought it would be really nice lying back in the van, watching the camp fire flicker in the night, but the girls turned into fire-fighters and there was an almighty HISSSSSS as they poured water all over the fire! I couldn’t believe it! :-)

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