Wednesday, September 7, 2011

an alliance?

URGENT HERDING UPDATE: 6:20PM EST
I am so happy to share this. Today, just now, was the first time ever Gibson and I worked with the whole flock of ewes! Lambs and ewes together! It was slightly chaotic, but Gibson and I managed to do the simple task of bringing all the sheep in from the far field. He even went back for Pidge, the smallest lamb who ran off away from the rest of the herd. Maude stomped and glared at him (of course), but didn't charge. While it was far from polished, I worked my farm with my stock and my dog. I am thrilled tonight!

Celebrating on this soppy night with French Onion Soup in a bread bowl. But I need to go outside and see to the animals first, I can hear Jasper hollering for evening feed from the kitchen!

WOOO HOOOOO!!!!!

19 Comments:

Blogger bree said...

A large Couch! That is so funny. I love this video.

September 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger sheila said...

Is this your only black sheep? Does Gibson being a black dog relate to a black sheep as a friend? Maybe it's Joseph's lack of fear that throws Gibson. I mean really how do you chase someone that has no fear of you. Gibson looks really relaxed without the crazy urgency of a puppy that just needs to chase something. I know nothing of raising sheep or sheep dogs, but I do enjoy watching you figure it all out.

September 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

All the other sheep fight, or scatter, or run like Hell. Joseph just walks up to me, and I think Gibson feels like the work is done. As a natural gatherer, the sheep is here, with me. isn't that what I'm supposed to do mom?

Now, if Joe runs with the flock, he gets herded the same.

September 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Don't know...I only know that border collies are the Supremen Intelligence of the Universe, and watching Gibson gives my heart (still mourning the passing of my beloved BC) a happy lift. Thanks for that.

September 7, 2011 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger The Natalie that lives in a tipi said...

Couch!

September 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Love it. It sounds like you are right. "If the sheep is right here, then what exactly do you want me to do, Mom?"

September 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I laughed in a good dog lovin' way.

September 7, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

(can't watch the video from work; this is re: your update)

Lol, congrats Jenna, on reaching your dream! Ok, maybe it went a little smoother in your dream--but isn't going back for the stray sheep exactly what man developed sheep dogs for?

Enjoy the soup; I hope G got a treat, too. You both deserve it.

September 7, 2011 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

it makes it all worth it, doesn't it? :)

September 7, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

Excellent! Congrats! :)

September 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Whoohoo!!! (@ your update) That is fantastic news! :D

September 7, 2011 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Congratulations and well done! You worked hard for this night.

September 7, 2011 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Oxray Farm said...

Do you think maybe it's Joseph's color? Like in Gibson's mind sheep are light colored? I wonder if Sheila is right that it might be a color thing. Interesting.

Congrats on the herding success!

September 7, 2011 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Good job!

September 8, 2011 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

Waaaaaahoooooooooo!

September 8, 2011 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Congrats Jenna!

September 8, 2011 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger redbird said...

WOOO HOOOOO is right!

September 8, 2011 at 1:21 AM  
Blogger greendria said...

Awesome!!!!

September 8, 2011 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger singinggardengirl said...

Yay! Glad herding is starting to come together for you!

September 9, 2011 at 8:20 AM  

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