Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Champ

Where ever I go now, Champ lies at my feet.  I am having so much fun working and training him.

Plus, he is a fabulous traveler.  He's just a fun dog to be around.

Our last month here I have been letting him work Terry's ranch gathering the large flock made up of cross breds and hampshires.  He has been gathering them out of tall brush and shedding them into several groups.  Once in a while we get a group small enough that he can pen them.

Also, we work on our flanks walking in a large square holding lines.  Occasionally,  I let him work a single or two sheep at a time.  He is getting more and more comfortable with my mannerisms and my whistles, just as Patrick said he would and should.  I'm asking Champ to be responsible for figuring me out.  Not the other way around.

I try to work on a multitude of things each time I take him to the ranch.  We work for short times on different exercises.  Today, we did about 3-5 minutes of work in a take pen.  I always try to mix it up, keeping him interested.

The panels we can work on at the trials.  I have to work on our last AHBA trial :0(    I just got his AKC# so we will enter advanced field sheep and advanced field geese just for one day.  Might as well get some shedding practice in before I leave for Washington. :0)

This is a house I pass on the way to Task Farms.  It looks pretty with the poppies on the hillside.  Enjoy it now, because it is going to look bare and HOT in another month or so.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Farm Girl

Yoko…best lil farm dog around

No matter what, Yo will try and do what you ask of her.  She has her own style (not exactly what judges would want in a trial) but that's okay.  She also has her own method of handling livestock.

Most judges/handlers would like a stylish dog with push that can hold a line and flank freely with a beautiful pear shaped outrun.

Yoko is upright, lacks push, wears on her drives, with a low ground heel bite for obstinate stock.
She can back up an ornery sheep, but lacks a nose bite.  

But, she always gets the job done :0)  She gets it done….HER way.

She lives for cattle (I don't) Manages sheep just fine.  Loves to work goats.  And, she is slow and gentle with birds.  She always gives her stock the option to choose the right path.  She is a very fair worker.  She won't bite unless 'tested' or if she feels rightly threatened.

Her biggest fault is worrying about what I think.  I would love for her to be a bit more independent, but I have made her rather mechanical.  I'm still trying to undue that.  

But, all in all, she is a wonderful bitch and I'm glad I have a daughter of Jet's.  She is just as quick as her sire in offering new behaviors along with her desire to please.

I'm very glad Yoko is in my life :0)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

All is Good (Most of it anyways)

I kind of did a little artsy thing with Kilt's above photo.  She is fun to photograph, because she is always grinning.  It's the 'devil' in her :0)

Okay then, I think we got over the hurdles and are moving on to new ones.

I found a moving company that will us to Sequim for under $2000 and that includes all of the dog kennels (runs) and the Rhino, etc. etc.  Pick up date is May 12th.

Getting my resume et. everything that goes with it together to look for work in Sequim.  I thought about retiring, but it isn't in the stars yet.  

My last day at work is May 9th.  My co-workers are giving me a going away party at one of their homes on May 3rd.  Honored and very, very sad to leave a job I absolutely love.

My last request which was overheard by cardiology was a wish to see an open heart surgery.  I am scrubbing in for an open heart this Monday on the 14th.  Now, just how EXCITING is that?  Pretty darn wonderful to me!  I wish I could take my camera in.  LOL

Wayne is getting into a routine of monitoring his health.  I'm sure he is not all that happy about it, but the alternative isn't one he or I would like to choose.  I am thrilled and hope he can keep it up when he returns to work in a couple of months.

The Green Valley house we had hoped to put on the market this spring. We may have to wait until late summer.  We will just let things happen when things are ready.  Just going with the flow.

That means I will be up in Sequim starting in June by myself with the Border Collies.  On the way up I will be stopping in Scio, Oregon to trial Champ in nursery and then booking it over to Arlington, Wa. to the Haynes farm for Faansie's clinic with Champ.

I will meet up with Wayne late on May 19th or 20th.  We put in an offer on 13 acres of flat farm land in Sequim with water rights that may be a go or maybe, not.  If it is meant to be, so be it.  We won't be terribly upset if it doesn't go through.  It is for investment purposes.  If they take our offer it will close on May 20th and we will both be there by then to sign for the papers.

Never a dull moment in the Anaya household :0)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Life has some bumps in the road

This has been a TOUGH month.  Lots of ups and downs.  Some of the bumps were a little tough to roll over if you know what I mean.

My favorite saying for this month is….

"A pat on the back is just a few inches from a kick in the ass."

I had to sell my sheep.  That was probably the least of my worries because I knew they were going to Paso Robles and have a nice home.  I love having my livestock, even if they are not in big numbers.  I enjoy cleaning the barn, the goose pen, and just visiting them.  I love to watch how they interact. Bye, bye Buffy, Blondie, Cinnamon, and Fat and Fatter.  The weather is much nicer up north :0)

This is the worst of the bumps.  I can't even think about giving my geese back to Eddy.  They have brought me so much joy in my life.  I have learned so much about birds.  My geese are leaving this afternoon.  Wayne feels it isn't high on the priority list while getting things together to move.  
I now know I have 3 drakes….Ching Ching, Lover Boy, and Black Nose.  When the drakes started guarding, Black Nose would scare me.  He would run at me like a snake with his head low.  But, I learned he was just faking me out.  Now we make a game of it.  I run back at him and he throws his head back honking and honking in sheer delight.
My two hens are Dot and Tip.  Both have the loveliest of natures.  Tip has not started laying, but Dot has been laying for well over a month.  She has laid close to 35 eggs and is still laying.  I have fed about a dozen of her eggs to the dogs.  Kind of hard to sit on that many eggs.  I learned that they don't (sit and incubate) until they are through laying, how ever long it takes.  Dot will let me look at her eggs while she watches me, standing right next to me.  She doesn't have an aggressive feather in her body.  I will try to make a box for her nest so Eddy can take her nest with him today.  I can't even think about parting with them without crying.  They have been a huge part of my well being over these last 6 months.  I'm sure I will find more geese at a later time in my life, but it still hurts….a lot.

I was so thrilled how Champ performed in his first 2 trials, both on range sheep, coming in the money for qualifying nursery legs for the finals in all 4 of his runs with great competition.
Bad news.  I forgot to rejoin USBCHA and all his runs are in the toilet as far as counting towards the National Finals.  I thought I was a Lifetime member.  Seems I got confused as I am a lifetime member of ABCA, not USBCHA.  Anyway, I have mailed in my $250 and should be a Lifetime member of USBCHA in a week or so.
But, as friends noted, it didn't diminish his accomplishments.  Plus, I really hadn't thought about going to the finals until others were saying I really should think about it.  Anyway, we have other trials coming up that he can run nursery in as I head towards the PNW in exactly one month from today :0)

Wayne is home after a life threatening event and a week long stay in the hospital.  He needs to manage his health better.  I'm not sure he will get too many more chances.  Nice thing is that the nurses got him a private room in my unit for his stay.  He really enjoyed getting to know my co-workers and I think my co-workers really enjoyed Wayne.  He is pretty social and quite the comedian even as sick as he was.  He came home last night and most likely will be out on disability for a couple of months. This is a good thing.  This is a man who never misses a day of work. This should make things easier throughout the transition of our move while he starts to get a handle on managing his health.  Plus, now he feels so much better which really is an asset.

Anyway, what's a little stress, eh?

Now, I am almost on the last month countdown to the big move.  Still haven't decided on a mover to move the last of the stuff up.  Wayne and I will do that over the next 48 hrs.  I don't want him to compromise his health doing it himself.
My co-workers have planned a going away party for me on May 3rd.  Lots of laughs and lots of tears.  I am going to miss them all dreadfully.

The house in Green valley is still not ready to put on the market.  We fell way behind.  We did have a handyman finish parts of building the back porch while Wayne was int he hospital.  We still need to paint a few rooms, get rid of some brush…yadda yadda yadda.  I don't think we can put a time frame on it.  We will just go with the flow.  When it is ready, it will be ready.

So, there you have it.  Or there, I've had it.  LOL
What will be, will be.