Monday, November 24, 2008

Sorry missed a step

I got a couple of phone calls and e-mails asking me the story of the wooden lawn jockey. Oops, I guess I missed a step. Sorry.
My little friend is not a lawn jockey at all but a miss guided young man who has been tossed around from home to home and from garage sale to garage sale. The first thing people say when they see him is "is that?", "that looks like", "nah it can't be". Let me assure you "yes it is".

Michael Jackson

Watch for Michael coming to a stockdog trial near you in 2009

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lesson day with the man

I am fortunate enough to have Scott Glen live within driving distance of me. I asked Scott to come here for an all breed lesson day for some of the people that come here for lessons. The weather was super chilly in the morning but by lunchtime the wind had subsided and the sun was shining. Fun was had by all and everyone is looking forward to having Scott back for another day of learning.

Some of us learn lots and one of us learned by watching and hopes one day to be out working his own dog and soon as he can master walking. Right now he will just settle for holding our cameras and stock stick.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It really was a miracle

Lately Isla has been losing her mind. I am chalking it up to her coming in to season soon. Lord knows once I month I become just a little crazy too. She just is doing weird stuff on sheep. Last week I sent her out to bring in my flock from the big field and she proceeded to go out, drive them into a corner, and circle them five or six times. All the while I am whistling my fool head off to no avail. So needless to say I was not feeling very confident going into this years Alberta Stockdog Arena finals. In all truth Isla has never finished an arena trial. She usually grips off in dramatic style like last weekend.
The ASDA finals consists of two go rounds and then top three to the finals. This was my final time running in the ranch class. The first to go rounds consisted of over flaking not stopping and running so wide her hair was being rubbed off on the walls of the arena. All the while I am trying to get her to stop and listen for one second. I hated it made us look so bad. Not really sure how it happened but we did pen our sheep both times and made it to the finals.
I think by the time we ran in the finals she was totally exhausted from running crazily around the arena the first two runs. She decided to listen better and we pulled it off and won. I was pretty amazed that she actually finished each time with out gripping. Good girl.
Now if we could only do that at Calgary for the big money next year.
Then yesterday I went out to set some sheep for a lesson and she was silly Isla all over again.

A note for my friend Mr. M:
Last night we went out for supper and Dion Phaneuf sat at the table beside us. Justice was very excited and could hardly eat. For those of you that don't know who Dion is. He is the star defencemen for the Calgary Flames hockey team. All little on the cute side too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

trial report

The only thing I have to say is Isla now has really clean teeth. Sorry some are blurry.

Photo evidence of the badness. That poor little lamb didn't know what hit her.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Might as well look the part too....

Isla and I are off to the Northlands trial this weekend. This trial runs in conjunction with the Canadian finals rodeo. For those of you that are not aware of the CFR here is a link
You can't get much more country cowboy then the CFR. So Isla and decided we better dress the part as well. I went shopping and picked up a few things. Isla now has the proper collar.

Showtime baby

And I bought a belt for my buckle and finally took my buckle out of its case. I will be sure to get a pic of us modelling our gear. Maybe with a couple of cute 20 year old cowboys.