FIRST PUBLISHED: JUNE 25, 2009
Although my wish for the day would have been to attend a stockdog clinic… in Pavillion, Wyoming (2.5 hours away) from Elvin Kopp (his website is here)… instead we took half our cows to our mesa pasture.
When I first heard about the clinic, I knew the date would be iffy… But just once… I’d love to go to a stockdog clinic.
By myself. (With a dog of course!)
I’d like myself and my dogs to improve.
I worked Lucas in the morning… but knew he couldn’t make the entire trip. So, I replaced him with Dally… which puts Elsa out of sorts… but two dogs of mine PLUS Boomer is asking for trouble. I might have semi-control over my dogs, but put hyper barking Boomer in the mix and chaos soon reigns and I sound like a jerk, losing my temper, and yelling at my dogs. If I can get away from Boomer and have one dog… we do pretty good.
Of course, there’s never a witness to that… only when they misbehave.
I had to tie Lucas to the mailbox today with my horse hobbles. Lucas hasn’t worn a collar for a while, so bailing twine and hobbles came to my rescue. I was sent back to get the horsetrailer after we had gathered the pasture and trailed down the road 3 miles.
Lucas was tired and I had 2 more miles to go at a trot… so he was tied up. Forlorn and unhappy and exhausted. He looked awfully happy when I returned! But someday… I want to improve myself and my dogs… and I want to learn from a good clinician.
So, be warned… My wish list starts: Stockdog ClinicLet's Socialize...