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Five Dogs Across the Road

April 13, 2018

Robin finally took us Across the Road and there is now water in the cement ditch.

DSC_9256          Ginny was happy about that.DSC_9262                Robin says this is Ginny’s Yoda look. I don’t know what that means.DSC_9263

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DSC_9316                        Surprise! Finn and Sawyer were going on a walk too. Chris throws the ball farther than Robin, even with the ball thrower thing. DSC_9319               By the way, Maggie doesn’t get in many pictures but she is in this one up in the front. She is always off doing her own thing.DSC_9324          That’s Finn and Sawyer in the big canal.DSC_9313           Ginny and Finn. By this time the ball that Robin brought for Ginny and the ball that Chris brought were both lost. When the dogs all chase the balls no one seems to hang on to them.

DSC_9343                So Chris got Finn excited by throwing dirt clods.DSC_9338              Ginny knew better than to chase a dirt clod into the ditch.DSC_9339                 See, Finn? It was all a trick and there was nothing to catch.

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Meet the Sheep

April 13, 2018

Robin invites a bunch of people here every year for something she calls Meet the Sheep. Usually there is a lot of work for me because The Bunny Lady brings goats and bunnies that are Not In Fences. Here are some photos of that from last year. But this year The Bunny Lady wasn’t here.DSC_9433           However, we have goats living here now so I had to watch them some of the time.IMG_6250               Ginny was on duty too.IMG_6251               Some of the time Robin even put people kids in with the goat kids.IMG_6256                 This was an easy day but I was disappointed that there was no Bunny Lady. I think she’ll be here next year.

New Pets?

March 29, 2018

Robin brought something home a couple of weeks ago.                     IMG_5786              She took it right to the barn.IMG_5784                       We knew that it was alive.IMG_5788            Maggie is licking her lips because she hopes that she’ll be able to eat it.IMG_5792                   I don’t think that Robin will let her eats these. I don’t know why she got them. The last time we had goats they didn’t pay any attention to us dogs.IMG_E5940              They were hungry after Robin brought them home.IMG_5789                  If Robin wants them to be safe here…IMG_5797                  …we’ll keep watch.

Moving Sheep

March 25, 2018

Robin has been writing blog posts about lambing and she even included Cat Photos, but what about us? I guess that I’m supposed to write those.IMG_5651             This was from before the last rain when Robin put the sheep on the pasture south of the barn. She wanted to move the fence but a lot of times the baby lambs don’t understand and get in the wrong place. That’s when a Border Collie can help. But doesn’t Robin know that those lambs don’t understand the Border Collie rules and the moms are really mean? That makes it tough.

IMG_5653                    Robin had opened the fence up so that the sheep could go into the next paddock but needed to  put the fence back up so they wouldn’t go back where they had been. Do you see that mama sheep with the big horns? Those are scary.IMG_5655               The lambs don’t get it that they are supposed to think of us as wolves and go away. So the mean moms come towards us too. Robin thinks that I might bite a lamb (and maybe I will if that’s the only way they’ll pay attention) so she helped get them to move.IMG_5657              She sent Ginny after this lamb because she thinks that Ginny won’t bite.IMG_5660                The sheep were in the paddock where they were supposed to be…

IMG_5663                      …so then our job was to keep the stragglers from coming out of the barn and the others in the pasture until this fence was in place.IMG_5664

IMG_5666             After that we could move the rest of the sheep out to the pasture.IMG_5667                  Good dogs.

The Weather

March 6, 2018

Last week we were in the barn waiting for Robin to finish working. It was getting cold and windy.

IMG_5159      Then there was thunder. I hate thunder. It’s like a huge gun up in the sky. I hate guns too.IMG_5156           Then things started falling from the sky and that was even noisier on the roof of the barn.

IMG_5158                   This was not a happy afternoon. Speaking of bad days, Ginny had a bad day last week too.

IMG_5261                Robin took Ginny to the vet and Ginny was not happy about that.

Dumpster Diving During Lambing Season

March 6, 2018

Robin has been writing blog posts about lambing, but she doesn’t know everything that goes on while she is dealing with the sheep.           IMG_5216          Robin gets so busy in the barn that she pretty much ignores us dogs.  DSC_7871             Sometimes its hard for her to ignore Ginny though. She knows how to get Robin’s attention.

IMG_5212             The puppies are learning that the barn is the place to be during lambing time. You never know what kind of snacks you can find. (It’s been cold lately and when Finn goes out he wears a coat that Robin made for him out of wool fabric that she wove. She said that she wants to make more and sell them.) IMG_5215                  I don’t recommend going in that alleyway where the ewes and the lambs are. Those ewes can be mean. But Maggie and Finn keep going in there anyway.DSC_7863           Here is what Robin doesn’t know about. She usually dumps the wheelbarrow before we have a chance to check it out, but not always. If she saw Ginny there she would probably yell at her to get away.

DSC_7868           Robin says that this is a dog version of dumpster-diving, whatever that means.DSC_7862            Maggie finds her share of goodies too.IMG_5220          Once in awhile, when Robin isn’t looking, I see what was left in the manure pile…DSC_7866              …but mostly I am a good dog.

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Shearing Day

February 23, 2018

Shearing Day was earlier this month. Robin wrote about it here. Shearing Day is when the sheep all have their wool cut off. A lot of people come to watch and it is always a lot of work for us dogs to keep track of all of them, besides dealing with the sheep.

IMG_4597         Robin didn’t take photos of us catching the rams or moving the rest of the sheep. She only started taking photos after the sheep were in the barn. At that point the people take over in the pens.IMG_4641           That is the shearer in the back. You can see him working in Robin’s blog, but this blog is about us dogs.IMG_4645                   I still wait in the barn most of the time in case a sheep gets in the wrong place…Shearing-DS-198                  …but sometimes I am called on to help entertain people too.DSC_7531                After the sheep work was done, Ginny took up her usual obsession.                      DSC_7533                     Robin sometimes says that I’m as obsessed as Ginny is, but I don’t agree.  (She said that I almost ran right under the tires of the truck as it was backing up just to be watching Ginny while she was waiting for the ball to be thrown. I don’t think so. I didn’t see any truck.)

IMG_4648         Ginny brought her ball to the barn…IMG_4649                …but no one was playing with her in there.IMG_4654              Maggie was around too but mostly not getting involved except when we were moving sheep. Then she’d do her usual thing of going upstairs in the barn and barking.DSC_7741                 Finn and Sawyer were out too. They don’t know anything about sheep.DSC_7541             The people spend time sorting out wool on this table with holes in it. Robin’s sheep are pretty clean but sometimes a piece of wool with something smelly stuck to it will fall through. We’ll be waiting.DSC_7740           There is some of the old wool on the ground in this picture.DSC_7738                    I wish that we sheared every day.