Monday, December 15, 2014

Kirchgessner Sheepdog Trial Dec 13

It's been crazy here but I managed to get away to run my Open dogs at a trial this weekend.  I took Nan, Maid and Nikki. The trial was in Smokey Point, hosted by Lynne Green.  Jack Knox was the judge.
Outrun was over a ditch, then you had to bring the lambs over the ditch. Right hand drive, then single of the three lambs and then a pen in 8 minutes.  Maid was first, and she had nice outrun, pushy on lift and wee bit of bobble and sheep skimmed the panels. Then a decent turn and nice first leg, but I turned too early but missed one sheep (?), ok crossdrive and low at the last part, and nice turn to the ring. She took a single quite handily and marched them into the pen but at the last minute, one slipped around the pen, much to our surprise but she put the lamb in. She got 78 and I think 6th place.
Nikki was next and tried to cross about 4 feet in front of me so I stopped her and redirected her and she went out ten more feet then tried to cross but stopped and took the flank. She went out nice but at the lift, stopped at 3:00 o'clock and then drive them to the setout pen. Ignoring my commands. The sheep stopped as the setou dog was in the way and finally she brought them back to the fetch line. Wide turn and decent first leg, and then she tried to drive them to the woods. I got her back and ok crossdrive but low and missed the panel and wide turn but last leg was nice. I called her through for the shed but she headed the sheep that spilt off and we timed out.
Nan was the last dog to run and I run her for fun. She still is in great shape for 12 and loves to run. She was the first to the door to go in the morning. And she is in great physical shape as well.  She went out and I just let her feel the sheep and she had a nice lift, got pushy but I got her to slow down. Nice fetch and tidy turn. At the first leg of the drive, when the lambs jumped over the ditch, one spilt one way (heard his buddies from the exhaust) and the other two wanted to go up the field. She gathered them well and went on her way. We missed two at the first panel due to handler error and had a nice crossdrive until I decided to futz some on it and lost more points. Made the second panel and nice turn to the ring. The lambs didn't want to split but she worked it and got it and as we were marching the lambs to the pen, they slipped to one side but she tucked them in. She got 87 points and placed third. Not bad for a fun run! 
Janet, Vet Doctor Bob and I went out for an Asian lunch and then we went to Costso. Doctor Bob suggested I need vitamins and protein so I loaded up. Thanks to Janet for the use of her card and Bob being concerned about my health to get me on the right path.
Then I went home and slept for 8 hrs. I was that tired.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sheep Rustling

With the price of meat going up, the thieves are rustling cattle and sheep. In the UK, they have devised an invisible liquid to mark the sheep that only show up under ultraviolet lights.
to read the original article click on SHEEP RUSTLING
By EvansTheCrime.....   
POLICE are using invisible forensically-marked liquid and hi-tech number plate recognition equipment in a bid to beat sheep rustlers.
Officers say there has been a spate of sheep thefts in Powys in the last two months, and in response they are increasing patrols and using the latest crime-fighting technology to catch those response.
Nine separate incidents have been reported in the county since September, with animals worth thousands of pounds taken. Among the techniques being used by police are Smartwater - invisible liquid which carries unique markers that show-up under ultraviolet light - and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to identify and track suspected vehicles.
Police say they are also working with trading standards across Powys to target the movement of animals.
Dyfed-Powys Police sergeant Craig Morgan from the Breconshire neighborhood policing team said: “Since September 2014 there have been nine separate cases of sheep theft, leading to the loss of thousands of pounds worth of stock.
"We are working closely with trading standards across Powys to tackle these thefts. We are undertaking joint operations and are actively stopping vehicles transporting livestock to ensure they are not stolen and have the appropriate documentation. We need everyone in the county to be vigilant and to report to us anything which they think is suspicious.”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Sheep

This is a cute sheep story. Here is the link to the article.
A sheep wearing a festive red-and-green sweater who was found wandering around Omaha has been reunited with his owner.
Nebraska Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Wiese says someone reclaimed the sheep, named Gage, Tuesday evening.  The Humane Society was caring for Gage after he was found Sunday evening in an Omaha neighborhood.

Gage shares a shed with two chickens, when he isn't in his owner's house.
Weise says the owner doesn't know how Gage got loose. The owner learned about his whereabouts from Facebook because of publicity surrounding the animal.  Weise says the owner had several photos of Gage to prove he's her pet.  Gage is used to walking on a leash and doesn't seem to mind that the holiday apparel he donned appears to have been designed for a dog.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ibex Fingerless gloves

Audrey brought me over some homemade Butternut Squash Curry soup since I was having a hard time eating. and she brought me some fingerless gloves late yesterday. I never seen these type of gloves and was wondering how well they would do, since I like to have all of my hands (including the fingers) to be warm. So, I wore them today and the weather was cold but sunny. (I will be eating the soup tonight as I had tons of food from my mom since she came over yesterday)
These kept my hands warm and as a result I didn't feel the cold so much on the fingers. That surprised me as I thought my fingers would freeze. In fact, my hands were quite warm all day and I was able to work dogs and do chores. The regular wool gloves are too bulky and you have to remove them when you need to do something like opening a gate.
When I got in the house, I pulled one off and with the other one, I did a few Michael Jackson moves for the dogs. Sad to say, they were not impressed. I will be using these gloves when it is cold. What a thoughtful gift! And a wonderful friend to think of such a thoughtful gift! Thanks again, Audrey.