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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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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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