With all the cow work going on, and, Dally being “out of the action” (or so I thought), I decided I’d let Eden tag along on some days. I worked her with Lucas, by herself, and then, at the end of the week, with Dally.
She is not quite one, her birthday is in a month, and she’s not had to do too much around here, but “sit”, “stay”, “walk up”, “get in the yard”, and “load up”. She’s a hunting little fool, and we have mice and moles and rabbits to keep her plenty happy. She can tend towards hard-headedness, but she’s still pretty young.
She handled the sorting of the pairs adequately… It is very difficult for dogs to stay laying under their sagebrush when you move your horse and position.
The last day I rode, we moved cattle along some little sloughs with wet bottoms full of cattails and open water areas as well. Tuff didn’t seem to want to jump in, Dally would make a run to the edge of the water and stop, but that was enough to send Eden pell mell into the water. Ker-splash! She’d jump in, continue on to the cow, and goose them out! She does have her Great Aunt’s ear piercing yip. If there was anything I hoped she DIDN’T inherit from Elsa, that YIP would have been at the top of my list! At this point, I’m not too worried about it, once she knows what to expect, and gains a little confidence, the YIP may disappear. I even heard her BARK, a deeper and more tolerable tone, although I’d prefer she not use either!
For about a quarter of a mile, there was plenty of action, and even a bite or two, and I was mighty pleased with my pup. Brandon quipped that if I could get her to work as well on land as she did on the water, I’d have something! Thanks, Brandon. But he’s right, she has a ways to go.
She’s still too focused on looking for bunnies and mice, and this year, THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. She isn’t getting the connection between “SWWWWWSSSSS” and the action of then going after a cow even when Dally and Lucas both showed her by example.
But she’s enthusiastic, she’s quick, she’s healthy and in good shape, she is focused on me (and got used to seeing me on horseback – though she needs practice at following the right horse!). She just needs more miles, more time, and she’ll be a great help!
This is the only pic that showed her working that wasn’t blurry or had her partially hidden behind a bush!
Atta girl, Eden!