herding dog

Border Collies here are rare, for some reason no one goes out of their way to drive long distances to buy one and instead go for German Shepherds. They are wildly popular breed around here.

Anyway this guy comes at my house to ask my dad is he could borrow his dog to help herd his sheeps cause his dog (a German Shepherd) is too rough with the herd and he herd that my dad had  Border Collie which are number one herders.

My town is really good at making stories. I have a Border Collie, not my dad. My parents have a mix breed (German Shepherd/Labrador/Husky) and he told the man exactly that. He wasn’t going to make a decision that concerns his daughter’s dog and do you know what that guy had the nerve to tell my dad? He told him that he was the father and I had no say in what he decides. 

No way I’d let some stranger borrow my dog. Hell no. If he wanted a herding dog, he should have bought a Border Collie and anyway if he had any dog handling skills, he would have trained his German better.

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Some of the sights in Leon-the beautiful cathedral and city artwork as well as a group of folkdancers. We did get the bus from Leon to Astorga as Sandy was feeling better…not 100%…but better. We found our hostal (love Booking.com) and went to see the Cathedral and Palacio de Gaudi but unfortunately both were closed on Monday. Took a pic in front of the shop where Ellen got some new insoles and socks, and realized the backpack they used as advertisement was nearly as big as hers lol! We happened across our Aussie friend Peter from last year and had a lovely dinner with him at the Gaudi Restaurant–even fancy places offer pilgrim meals. After a good night sleep off we walked to Rabanal where we were lucky enough to get the same albergue, even same room, as last year! The hostess recognized Sandy and me from last year so hugs and kisses all round. On the way into town I witnessed the saddest thing–a lovely, big white herding dog appeared coming down from the hills into the field beside the path. I couldn’t immediately identify what he was so carefully carrying–but as he neared I realized it was a stillborn lamb:( He walked up to me and looked at me with the saddest eyes - “I failed to protect my flock” and “I must take the lamb home” emanated from him—so very gentle. He continued on his way, slowing to show the other pilgrims—heartbreaking. The girls didn’t want to hear about my sad encounter, so this is the first time for them-sorry:(
We had a nice time at La Senda but decided to alter our plans because of injuries and the worsening weather:
tomorrow is Cruz de Ferro which is a bully of an incline and decline, so common sense prevailed and I left a note for the hostess to have a taxi meet us at the top and take us down to Molinaseca-one of Sandy’s favourite small towns on the Camino. I struggled with the grade, but we mostly kept to the road to avoid injury on the very slippery, muddy, rocky path which paralleled the road. Finally the summit! xo c

Sketch of the Day (May 2nd 2015) - Meet Expresso! He’s the top dog of the Fiore Farm and genetically, he’s a very interesting animal because in his DNA one can find the very last vestiges of a breed that went extinct in the early days of human colonization - the Labrador Retriever. While all the purebreds perished, a few Labrador crosses (think one or two,) survived to cross their genes with other dogs less hardwired to love the water. By Expresso’s time, the only sign of his Labrador heritage is his deep chocolate coat - which came out completely as a fluke - and possibly for the last time ever, although Expresso has won his breeding license, so it’s possible that his cocoa hued pelt and beautiful Labrador olive eyes will show up in his descendants someday…

He’s also got some spitz (Escavian Draft Dog/Edd) and of course some border collie, since those are Escavia’s most popular breed with coastal farmers. (Our last dog Cookie is an Australian Shepherd though! She’s coming next!)

I wanted to work on Imperial Healer more today, but I’m just too tired and I’m going on a big hike tomorrow. So instead, you guys get Expresso. :) I’ve also come to the conclusion that I need to change my update day to Tuesday because I’m just too busy over the weekend. I think (if I remember right) that a lot of comic artists use Tuesday, so hopefully it’ll work better. Crossing my fingers!

This pup’s colour scheme idea came from my mom! <3

Another picture of a sleeping dog. It seems like the only photos i manage are when we are relaxing. It is justified today though. We met our trainer today and the whole afternoon where spent doing new things, stretching our current knowledge and generally puching the limits of our understanding concerning herding. Utterly rewarding and exhausting at the same time. Got quite a lot of praise too!

How to create the perfect barn dog!

Ever wanted to know how to turn your annoying puppy into the perfect barn dog? Of course you have.

Step 1: Start with a teeny tiny puppy. Ideal teeny tiny puppies are not any type of hound, herding dog, or Chihuahua, but really any teeny tiny puppy will do.

Step 2: Take your teeny tiny puppy to the barn with you while you ride. Bring a supervisor to supervise the teeny tiny puppy.

Baby Sleepy Puppy. Isn’t she precious?

Step 3:YELL AT YOUR SUPERVISOR WHEN THEY THINK IT IS HILARIOUS TO LET THE…

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I think I’ll always try to have collies/border collies/australian shepards/mixed collies/herding dog breeds because from personal experience – they’re typically velcro dogs. And, I just love that. Nothing beats companionship like that. My Cloe is a velcro dog (she’s a fluffy mix of border collie and australian shepard) and I just love that she follows me around everywhere. Yes it’s sometimes annoying when I get up and I trip over her because she gets up to go where I’m going – but she’s always by my side. She always makes non agressive, sensitive eye contact with me. I love that dog so much. I always want to have a connection like that with my dog companions.

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DO YOU SEE THIS ADORABLE PUPPY? THIS LITTLE DOGGY’S NAME IS LAYLA AND SHE IS THE SWEETEST DOG I HAVE EVER MET. SHE IS A YEAR AND A HALF AND WEIGHTS 50 POUNDS. SHE IS A BORDER COLLIE AND MY FRIEND MELISSA GOT HER TO HELP HERD HER FARM ANIMALS.
WE WERE OUT WITH THE ANIMALS AND LAYLA WAS CHASING A CHICKEN BACK TO THE PEN BECAUSE SHE IS A HERDING DOG, AND SUDDENLY WE HEAR A SHOTGUN GO OFF.
THIS POOR PUPPY DOG GOT SHOT IN THE BACK SIDE FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT MELISSA’S NEIGHBOR DIDN’T LIKE HER AND HAD A GUN WITH HIM.
SHE RUNS BACK YELPING, RIGHT TO HER MAMA MELISSA AND THEN RUNS TO THE DOOR OF THE HOUSE, QUIET AND SHAKING. WE CALLED THE POLICE AND THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE CHAMPION SAT SILENT AND SCARED ON THE KITHEN FLOOR WITH A GIANT HOLE IN HER BACK. THEN SHE GOT INTO A CAR WITH A COMPLETE STRANGER, A GAPING GUNSHOT WOUND, AND NOT A PEEP OUT OF HER THE HOUR LONG DRIVE TO THE NEAREST ANIMAL HOSPITAL. I WAS PANICKING MORE THAN THIS SWEET LITTE PUPPY AND I HAD ALL OF MY SKIN INTACT. MEANWHILE THIS JACKASS NEIGHBOR SAYS LAYLA ATTACKED HIM. WHICH IS UTTER BULLSHIT. SHE’S A HERDING DOG AND WAS DOING HER JOB, HERDING ANIMALS.
I’m not going to put up pictures of her wound because it is horrific. She’s alive and doing fine, which is excellent, but the police said NOTHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT THE NEIGHBOR SHOOTING THE DOG. Also, THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME HE HAS HARMED OR KILLED ANIMALS IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Layla needs justice. Spread the word.