Thursday, January 29, 2009

"A Working Dog"

I've seen the Rocky Mountains
And the Gulf of Mexico,
The California surfers,
And palm trees by the row.

I've read the works of Shakespeare
And seen Picasso's paint,
The sounds of concert pianists
And heard the bagpipes quaint.

And all of these have trilled me,
but not one can compare
With watching herding dogs a-working,
A single or a pair.

There's magic in each movement
That Mozart never had,
And beauty in each turn
That makes my heart feel glad.

There's science in each answer
Of every whistled tone,
That Newton never though of
Nor ever was he shown.

There's feeling in the handling
That only poets know,
Or men that work with stock dogs
And feel the teamwork grow.

Wherever life may take you
In sunshine or in fog.
You'll never quite forget it
When once you've worked a dog.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Meet Rascal

Rascal is my five month old red tri Australian Shepherd. I am working on training him in obedience and in November 2009 I will hopefully start on agility. Rascal loves to spend time with me or play with his best friend Ruby (Border Collie). Rascal's job has become herding. His job is to herd Clara and Annie (Alpine goats) to the milking stand and his reward is, well, some milk.

Rascal loves to be outside with the wind blowing the leaves for him to chase and he loves to play frisbee. I have such high hopes, but I know he can go higher than my hopes and succeed.

Rascal has taught me a lot in only two months. I am sure he will be teaching a lot more in the years to come.

I started this blog to chronicle my training of Rascal in herding, agility, and other skills.