Tuesday, December 7, 2010

a useful dog

This is a wonderful video from this year's Nationals in Virginia. A great musical tribute to the sport of herding, and it ends with a very happy photo of Gibson's father after taking the title home. Certainly worth checking out, and maybe some day I'll get to watch these in person?

14 Comments:

Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

What a great compilation. You can feel the excitement through the music and the pics. Very nice picture of Riggs.

December 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Whoever put that together did a great job. The music just set it off. I never realized this was such a big deal, this sheep herding. That was amazing. Just think. One day Gibson will be as "big" as his father. Thanks for sharing all your good photos and letting us in on your new adventure. I look forward to seeing what you are up to each day. After feeding all my critters and giving fresh water and milking goats, this is what I do next. I hope you aren't under too much snow today.

December 7, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Siberian said...

That's the music from "Rudy," the best sports film ever made! Really great video, thanks for sharing.

December 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger little homestead in the mountains said...

Wow, great video, kinda brings a tear to your eye at the end, you must be very proud to have a puppy from a champion! Soon Gibson will be doing the same thing, bringing that trophy home!

December 7, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

There is nothing like a working dog doing what they were bred to do! I don't care how far removed they are from working dog to house dog ... you give them a job and you will see a truly happy dog! We have working beagles. They hunt rabbits like pros and the one is rescued from a pet chain store ... let them be useful and they will be happy! And you can see in the video that the dogs and their owners share a special bond.

December 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger FTM Farmer said...

awesome

December 7, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

watch in person? I bet you'll soon be giving a current champ a run for his money :-)

In the meantime here's a clip from the golden age of New Zealand prime time tv.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG686HhBdHA

We knew about proper entertainment back then ;-)

December 7, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

That was pretty cool, and those dogs sure looked pretty happy.

I think once you and Gibson have been doing it for awhile you'll probably want to start entering him in things.

Thanks for sharing this Jenna. Now I gotta go wipe my eyes and blow my nose.

December 7, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Sue in Hawaii said...

Jenna, thank you so much for posting this. Silly as it is I cried through the whole thing. The power of the music set off what are to me the most exciting dogs in the world. I don't do herding but I know all of those BC expressions so well. I'm now on my 3rd BC, having shared my life with 2 incredible ones and I do BC rescue here but we don't have much opportunity to herd. I do run my girl in agility and at the farm where she plays and runs at 35 miles an hour in joy. The sheer joy on her face, mirrored by all the dogs in this video, as she waits for that command to go- while vibrating with sheer exhuberance and intensity. Watching those dogs I felt so keenly that that is what these dogs and my Nani are bred to do. I loved all the shots of the people too. Their appreciation showing for this wonderful and useful sport and the comraderie. Please pass on to the maker of the video my heartfelt thanks for making and sharing this vid.

December 8, 2010 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Sue in Hawaii said...

Jenna, thank you so much for posting this. Silly as it is I cried through the whole thing. The power of the music set off what are to me the most exciting dogs in the world. I don't do herding but I know all of those BC expressions so well. I'm now on my 3rd BC, having shared my life with 2 incredible ones and I do BC rescue here but we don't have much opportunity to herd. I do run my girl in agility and at the farm where she plays and runs at 35 miles an hour in joy. The sheer joy on her face, mirrored by all the dogs in this video, as she waits for that command to go- while vibrating with sheer exhuberance and intensity. Watching those dogs I felt so keenly that that is what these dogs and my Nani are bred to do. I loved all the shots of the people too. Their appreciation showing for this wonderful and useful sport and the comraderie. Please pass on to the maker of the video my heartfelt thanks for making and sharing this vid.

December 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Sue in Hawaii said...

Jenna, thank you so much for posting this. Silly as it is I cried through the whole thing. The power of the music set off what are to me the most exciting dogs in the world. I don't do herding but I know all of those BC expressions so well. I'm now on my 3rd BC, having shared my life with 2 incredible ones and I do BC rescue here but we don't have much opportunity to herd. I do run my girl in agility and at the farm where she plays and runs at 35 miles an hour in joy. The sheer joy on her face, mirrored by all the dogs in this video, as she waits for that command to go- while vibrating with sheer exhuberance and intensity. Watching those dogs I felt so keenly that that is what these dogs and my Nani are bred to do. I loved all the shots of the people too. Their appreciation showing for this wonderful and useful sport and the comraderie. Please pass on to the maker of the video my heartfelt thanks for making and sharing this vid.

December 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Jewelry said...

On the one hand, a dog, a friend of human being, symbolizes loyalty, kindness and gratitude.

December 13, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

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December 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks for the link to the video! Saw the spike in viewers and had to check out your blog which is wonderful! I was able to attend most days the finals and came back with over 900 photos. The slideshow was so well received and I'm humbled at all the compliments. I'm so happy more and more people are getting exposed to our past time. These are truly wonderful dogs.

Michelle

December 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM  

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