Wednesday, February 17, 2010

i'm such an ag dork

I'm a dork. I own this pair of gloves with directions for sheepdog work written on the hands. The point is for shepherds-in-training to make sure they are teaching their collies the right words for moving left and right. To make sure us dumb humans don't mess it up. I don't have a border collie yet (or, anymore) but eventually I will have a pup to raise with my life, and bring the flock to me. A border collie means this single girl can work a field of livestock alone. A good dog will make or break Cold Antler someday.

25 Comments:

Blogger BlueGate said...

Those are fabulous...they could also be used as a "secret society" acknowledgment... if someone see your hands and knows what it means, then they are "one of us!"

February 17, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Those are pretty cool, and I don't think you are a dork. I also think that was brilliant of whoever thought of putting those instructions on gloves. At first glance I thought they were antique prints of antique pigs (which would have been dorky) but the dogs make sense.

It's easy to forget that when you're new to dogs, you have to be trained too. And you'll be new to sheep herding dogs. Aren't you excited? We all are; you are soooo close!

February 17, 2010 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

We've got an Australian Shepherd who is dying to herd our two goats and two calves, but we have no idea how to train her.

She's obsessed, all low and slinky and focused. We're getting some lambs in the near future, so I'm sure her herding instincts will skyrocket.

I found a dvd from England that looks pretty good - shows how to train your sheepdog - so I'm thinking I'll have to order it!

February 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Love them! :o)

February 17, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I can relate to Kim's comment I have a Border Collie pup who is so smart and wants to do something with the goats and chickens but usually just ends up scaring the crap out of them. I need to do some serious research if I am going to be a decent leader.

February 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger IanH said...

I've never seen those before. Neat! They won't work for my border collie as he is deaf, probably from taking one too many kicks to the head from my horses. Horses don't herd! They kick.

February 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger cpcable said...

These are amazing! Wear them with pride.

February 17, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Those are awesome!

February 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Rois said...

Wow and I thought it was clever of my sons to remember left from right by holding up their left index finger and thumb to make the letter"L" going in the right direction.
Now I need a pair for my teen who is learning to drive.LOL!

February 17, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Jen Chandler said...

I love those. They're fun (and practical too!)

Jen

February 17, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Awesome. I need to wear a pair of those while playing the harp at wedding receptions to keep drunken groomsmen herded appropriately away from me...

February 17, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Where did you get them?

February 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Morgen said...

those are fantastic! no doubt!

February 17, 2010 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

You're not a dork. I've got vinyl lettering on my Jeep that says "zombie outbreak response vehicle." Your gloves are just clever. :D

February 17, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

Oh where oh where can the rest of us get a pair of those? I LOVE them.

February 17, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I have a New Zealand Huntaway and I like her a lot better than a Border Collie, for me. I'm not smart enough for a Border Collie. Or energetic enough! I don't trial her, so I don't use all the correct terms. Come by and Away, but I say, "wait" for making her stop. A friend just trains his dogs to "left" "right" and ENOUGH! hehe.

February 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Very cool gloves and what a great conversation starter!

February 17, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
OpenID thatsthelife said...

I hope this isn't out of line... did you keep tabs on Sarah?

Border collies are intense creatures - this spoken as the owner of a cattle dog mix whose diluted bloodline is still strong enough to compel her to herd cats, children, other dogs, deer...

February 17, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Mayleen said...

Dorking along with you! Those gloves make me grin like a maniac with hay in her hair... oh...

February 20, 2010 at 12:32 AM  
OpenID ruralaspirations said...

I love border collies. My last dog was a mix, smart as a whip. High energy of course but I'm a runner so that works for me. Now I have an Aussie Cattle Dog mix (shout out to BlueGate and thatsthelife!). She doesn't try to herd the kids and the one and only time she passed by a small group of cows she seemed rather terrified, lol. But I have often thought of doing some herding training with her. Might be practical if we get bigger livestock one day, and it would be fun either way.

Love the gloves!

February 22, 2010 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger The Beers said...

Herding dogs are awesome!! Look into the little known English Shepherd for your all-around farm needs. They have an 'off' switch. ;)
http://www.englishshepherd.org/
and
http://englishshepherds.webs.com/

February 22, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I second the Beers comment right above me -- look into English Shepherds. They are a great fit for a homestead.

February 25, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Jules and Bud said...

Love these gloves! and what they mean to you and all of sheepdom! :o)

March 16, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Could you please tell me where you found these gloves...otherwise I may just have to get some tatoos!

May 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please tell me where you bought these gloves...otherwise it's going to have to be tatoos!

May 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM  

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