Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Poor Kipp

Poor Kipp he has some built up "tension". Ok I am just going to say it "Sexual Tension" Isla is in standing heat and has been parading around two runs down from him and he just can't deal anymore. What is a dog to do?

I know first lets drag our bed out side and then I will tear the shit out of it. Stuffing everywhere. Yeah that will show them.
Then my silly mom gives me and new bed two days in a row. What a sucker.
Well I am a sucker no more. Today I went out and bought some big bones from the butcher
and he can use his teeth on them instead.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dog training advice from the man

I have been training and trialing my dogs for a while now. And in that time my husband Kyle has come to watch me trial once and only stayed to watch my dog grip. Then he gave me a kiss on the cheek and said "Good job honey, I need to go to work now". In fact some people question if he really exists. He watches me train even less. So it always surprises me when he gives me advice on how I should train.
For example just the other day I asked him to help me wean some of our lambs and move them to another pasture across the yard. So all was going well until we started to move them to the other pasture. I was using Isla and she was being a little over zealous. I would ask her to lie down and she would stay for a second and then keep on pushing. Then the lambs would take off. So kyle says "just get her to lie down and stay there" OH really. Pretty soon there are sheep everywhere with Isla in hot pursuit and me telling her to lie down. I went over and had a little discussion with her. And then Kyle say " I don't think you need to be so hard on her". That one I ignored.
Yesterday kyle was watching me work some of my dogs. When I came in the house he said "I know how you love it when I tell you how to train your dogs" I thought oh great hear it comes. Then he says "I was watching you work Kipp and it seems to me that if you just kept him off the sheep. Things would go better". Wow I should have thought of that.
So I have a plan. I am going to get him out to work a dog and he could see it is not as easy as it seems from his arm chair.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The ramblings of an empty nester

So Kyle is off to LasVegas for a guys trip and Justice is staying in town to hang out with his buddies. Too cool to hang out with his mom. So what to do?

I am having fun with dogs right now. Two girls in season and two boys who think they need to duel for their affection. Poor Kipp he is such a sensitive guy he always ends up getting his feelings hurt.

I start to clean up around the yard because is has been warm lately and you know what warm in November means is southern Alberta. WIND and when I say wind I mean like blow trucks off the road wind. So most of the neighbours trash ends up in our yard. As I am cleaning up the I start to noticed we are growing this weed that seemed to be everywhere and must be growing because I know I picked up mounds of it when we first moved here in July. What is this weed you ask? Baler Twine. I am not sure what people are thinking when they just leave twine on the ground. I am hear to tell you people please pick up your twine for my sanity.

What else to do? Hmmm

Watch Ghost Whisperer and no hockey or video games.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

So you want to be a cattle farmer

As some of you know we are new to this cattle thing. Kyle grew up in the city and we had cattle growing up but strictly for training the horses. So when we decided to get into this cattle business with Kyle's dad Warren we thought he would lead us through it all. But two weeks after we bought the cattle Warren came to us and said he got a job offer he could not refuse in Dubai. I was thinking how are you going to fit all those cows on the airplane much less your apartment. Kyle did not think that was very funny. OK fine I can deal with some cows. All you have to do is make sure they have food and water right. How wrong was I. No No we are going to show them and breed them. Which means we have to calve them out to.

Summer goes fairly uneventful. We decide to put four of our cows and our bull Rascal into the first Canadian Lowline show at Farm Fair in November. Apparently you need to get all sorts of stuff to show cattle. Whatever! We decide to hire somebody to do all of that. Thank goodness for Murray. Murray says get a farm banner for you stalls OK easy. Well when we got there and set up the banner we looked like the trailer trash of the breed. I guess you are suppose to go all out. Below is our stalls and below that is Brian and Brenda's stall. Lesson learned for next year.

So the day of the show Kyle and I wondered around looking at the other cattle and how they set up their stalls. We both agreed the Simmental stalls were the best. I am not sure what I liked about it the best maybe it was the leather couches or the two 50in plasma TVs or maybe it was the log bar they had set up with the matching stools.
With all the people around the Simmental booth I thought that maybe Brad Pitt was in town again. Nope just lots of people talking about cattle.

After two days we learned lots and came out unharmed. In the end Rascal won grand champion bull and got to go to super Saturday and show with the big boys( I do mean that literaly). First Prize for super Saturday was a truck and trailer. But a lass the powers that be were not going to let a little Rascal beat out the Angus or heaven for bid the Simmental.

I took this picture of Rascal while he was waiting for his champion picture. He is standing next to a two year old charolais bull. ( Rascal is four) Not a great picture but shows you the size difference. I added a link to the Canadian lowline website if you would like to learn more about our little cattle. Stayed turned for what is sure to be fun calving in the spring.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Update Part 2

The trial season sped by. In September Penny and I made the trek to Solider Hollow Classic. We entered our dogs in the AHBA trial that runs in the field beside the open field. Had a great time even though it was super hot. My dogs Isla and Kipp both made it to the AHBA finals. I opted not to run Kipp in order to let a local person run in the finals. In the end Isla ended up in second place and we brought home a nice silver medal.(thanks to my friend Vicki Atkins for taking a pic with our medal). Coleen, Robin and their crew did a great job running this trial and I would recommend going if you get the chance. The big field was awesome to see. I would love to run my dogs on that hill. (Someday)

After Utah our trialing sort of went downhill. Isla decided she knows better than me and it was a challenge just to get around the course. We went to the Canadian Finals to run in the nursery. Didn't do much better there.

I had to come home early from the finals because our house caught on fire and we lost our kitchen. Kyle decided to turn on the dishwasher before he went to town for supper. When he got home the whole house was filled with smoke and all he could do was call 911. That brings you up to date. We are now living in our Holiday trailer till what looks like February. Our house has been gutted because of the severe smoke damage through out. The rebuilding is going to take some time.

Tomorrow we are off to Farm fair in Edmonton to watch our cattle at the show. We have a small herd of lowline cattle( a small version of black Angus). Below is a picture of our bull Rascal.(Kyle says he is going to win it all) Rascal is full grown and stands just above your waist.
I will let you all know how it goes. TTYL

Monday, November 5, 2007

getting you up to speed

OK, So I am going to get everyone up to date with us. In July we moved to a new place. We got tired of the neighbours complaining about our sheep and dogs. So we packed up and found our perfect place. 110 Acres all game fenced and ready for my sheep. The house is a small manufactured home that we plan on selling and building something bigger in a couple of years.

The first thing we needed was kennels for the dogs and we found an awesome building that worked out perfectly.It is 16ft wide by 14ft long. I managed to fit six runs in it and the dogs are very happy.

The next thing we did was to build some smaller pens. So I had somewhere to work some young dogs.

I have four Border Collies right now. Isla will be three in December and she is so full of her self right now. She started off with a bang this year get a qualifying leg for the USBCHA nursery finals. But never quite pulled it together to get a second.
(sorry Jenny we would have loved to be there with you and Laddie)
My number two dog is Kipp. My great hope for the future(no pressure). Kipp will be two in December and will be my Nursery dog for next year. We really have our work cut out for us this winter. We are going to the finals this year come hell or high water.
I guess Dru would be number three. She is almost 15months and still trying to figure out this game. She is a little on the soft side and heavy on the pouty side.I swear my next dog will be a male. Some days I would much rather work Kipp than argue with the girls. They can just be so bitchy. I also have a 18 month old little red dog I am putting some training on and then plan to sell her.
Last but certainly not least is the two honorary pets Jet and Fox. Jet my retired agility dog and Fox is our token little dog JRT. Fox lives in the house with us and Jet is there to make the other border collies run faster.
Stay turned for more updates. It get better I promise. Her is a hint it has to do with Kyle doing the dishes and the fire department.

First Entry

Ok, So I saw Jenny Glen's new blog and thought it was cool so I decided to try it out for myself.
I also want to get on her favorite Blog people list. hint hint.