Tuesday, March 30, 2010

an announcement

The dog pictured above is Patrick Shannahan's Riggs. Riggs is an Idaho stock dog and International Trialing Superstar. He's the grandson of a dog imported from Wales and was on the US team at the World Trial in Ireland. He's gorgeous, gentle, friendly, and a fine working dog. Riggs is exactly the type of rough-coated border collie I have always dreamed of owning. It just so happens that on March 16th Riggs fathered a litter of four puppies. One of those pups, a little boy, is mine.

Gibson, my partner in starting my sheep farm, will be coming home to Cold Antler in May. I'll pick him up at 8-weeks-old at the Albany Airport. Together, we will become shepherds, and bring lambs into this world.

Finally. It is really starting.


Blogger Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

How Exciting! Congratulations!!

March 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Wow Jenna! So exciting! Can't wait 'till you have the little guy home. Dogs are the best, especially the herding kind (we have a pembroke welsh corgi, who instead of herding sheep tries to herd us, but hey we still love her!) Best of luck with the soon-to-be newest addition at CAF!

March 30, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Dom said...

Congratulations Jenna!


March 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...


March 30, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Oh congratulations! You guys will learn together, and your farm and Gibson will grow together. It sounds perfect, and I'm really glad for you!

March 30, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Oh wow! So exciting! And a little funny because look what we got...


I think you can appreciate her :)

March 30, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Wow, Jenna! That is SO exciting! And I love the name - Gibson. So cute! You are really on your way...Congratulations!

March 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

Congratulations Jenna! Here's to many a sheep herded and many happy years ahead for both of you!

March 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Spring Lake Farm said...

Pictures! We want pictures....soon!



March 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger BlueGate said...

Excellent, congratulations! Our Blue and Luci send their best wishes : )


March 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

Oh that is sooo exciting. I'm so very happy for you. Can't wait to see lots of pup pics.

March 30, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Fantastic!!! You two will make an incredible team.

March 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you.

March 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Toni aka irishlas said...

Congrats to you, Jazz, and Annie!

March 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Gah! So exciting! This is going to be your best year yet.

March 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger twistie said...

I actually got goosebumps when I read this post. I'mSO happy for you Jenna, this is really happening. Thank you for allowing us to dream along with you!

March 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Trista Hill said...


March 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger RenĂ© said...

Congratulations! I know you had difficulty in the past with your sheep not being accustomed to working dogs so will you be getting more "tame" sheep for training? I don't know hardly anything about working dogs but I've enjoyed reading about your experiences.

March 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

Wow! I love it! Congratulations to both of you. That's exactly the breed of dog my husband, the macho logger tree farmer, wants. Except he wants the short hair, smooth coated. I wanted two yellow labs...Emma and Darby. I'll be happy with a Border Collie...actually, I'd be thrilled to have a dog! So far, I don't seem to be winning that argument.



March 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I am so happy for you. One of my search and rescue teammates has 2 BC's and they are really great. BC's are such honest dogs and yours will be soooo happy with sheep to herd.

March 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Such joyful news!!! What a wonderful thing that is happening! YAY!Congratulations!!!!

March 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Summermelonfarm said...

Awww! I can't wait to see pictures of him. Congrats and happy sheep chasing to Gibson!

March 30, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oooh! I am so happy for you!

March 30, 2010 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Brambly Thicket said...


March 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Richard P said...

Congrats. Hopefully this pup will be a little better around people :)

March 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

This is excellent news Jenna! I'm sure that Gibson will be as handsome and sure-footed as his dad. He has important work ahead of him!

March 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger cpcable said...

Oh! Congratulations! How very exciting!

March 30, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
OpenID ruralaspirations said...

I'm so happy for you! Not just because of what it means for your future farm, but also because I love dogs and border collies are special favorites of mine.

March 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

How exciting!!!!! There's nothing like a Border Collie.

March 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
OpenID jessyd88 said...

Oh Jenna, I am so excited for you. Things are starting to fall into place

March 30, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

It's so good to see how things are coming together for you - congratulations!

March 30, 2010 at 8:33 PM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Unbelievably good news! Yay!

March 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Tony Colella said...

Congrats Jenna. I once wrote to you when things weren't going so well and mentioned that the lower we go the higher we rise and that when positive things began to happen, they would come in waves.

Your experience cements this Phenomenon.


March 30, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

This is very cool. congrats!

March 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Cris said...

How fun! Congrats on your new partner in sheep herding.

March 30, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Congratulations, and welcome to the world, Gibson.

March 30, 2010 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Story said...

That is just so great!

March 30, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

That's excellent news! Congratulations on your new partner. Umm, how's Maude going to take this?? :)

March 30, 2010 at 11:44 PM  
OpenID mountainchicken said...

Yes! I love this. Dreams come true. Actually....this has nothing to do with dreaming...this has to do with DOING. You made this happen for yourself. Major congrats.

March 30, 2010 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger sueguzman said...

Grats on your new "baby!"

March 31, 2010 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger sueguzman said...

Grats on your new "baby!"

March 31, 2010 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Montero said...

You've got yourself a fast, smart dog there! Did you know that they can be used to herd geese too? Have you ever watched a BBC programme called 'One Man and his dog'? Professional sheepherding trials. Great inspiration and amazing to see just what that breed can do. All the best

March 31, 2010 at 3:48 AM  
Blogger MIB said...

Jenna, I literally caught my breath when I saw that title and photo. Congrats on taking another big step along the path you've chosen.

March 31, 2010 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Oh-my-goodness! I am so excited for you. I have secretly longed for a black and white border collie myself but was over ruled in favor for our sweet golden retriever girl. I'm not really disappointed. She's absolutely wonderful....and the best family dog. Maybe our next dog can be a border collie. I can't wait to see pictures!

March 31, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Sense of Home said...

A good looking father and such a fine name. :-)


March 31, 2010 at 1:03 PM  
OpenID ditchthegrid said...

It's all comin' together, Girl. Good for you - your perseverance is admirable. And this fine pup will just add more to the dream. Congrats!

March 31, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Contratulations on a new little brother for Annie and Jazz!!

March 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Katrin said...

I once knew a shep-dog in Austarlia, he was a border collie too and his name was Sam and a fell in love with him in the first minute! I would love to have a border collie in my life, but by knowing Sam I realized they love and need to work to have a good life...so in my actual life situation (7 to 9 job, no sheep, no ducks nothing the dog could look after except me) I can not offer a good life to a border collie...but someday...!

March 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
OpenID steelkitten said...

Great news! Congratulations.

That strong herding instinct will be a massive boost to your farm. Our next door neighbour has a Border Collie/Dalmatian cross and, although looks-wise he was hit with the Dalmatian stick, instinct-wise he's a border collie through and through.

Creases me up to see a spotty Dalmatian going nuts in the back field, loping around the sheep like a gangly teenager trying to herd them.

April 1, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Cheapo Mimi in Nashville said...

I thought for a minute I had pulled up the Bedlam Farm site instead of yours. I hope you have a long happy time with your BC like we did with our beautiful Bonnie Blue. And by the way, BCs are the cutest puppies ever!!!

April 1, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I hope he's as cool as his namesake guitar!

April 1, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

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