|Zenzi posing at Rancho Ventoso of SoCal Herding|
Her first session was pretty intense to start. She was very, um, eager to work. Kelly says that she's still working out what her job is, exactly. She definitely has figured out that if she runs at, barks at, and bites them, they run away. That's pretty nifty. Now she has to learn about the safety zone for the sheep, and not be so quick to bite.
|Zenzi and I await our first run.|
|I don't know their names yet, but there are horses!|
|I keep forgetting to bring them carrots. :(|
|Sarah and Rubble making friends.|
|Kristina grew up a farm girl, and now pursues that passion with her sheltie, Merlin.|
|Rubble is growing up, and getting his fur back.|
|What it looks like to wait by the arena and round pen.|
|Red & white border collie puppy boy.|
|Rubble is posing. :)|
|He really enjoys a good wither rub. ;)|
|Kristina and Merlin are practically pros now!|
|Look at Rubble go! His confidence to experience the world has grown leaps and bounds.|
|Believe it or not, he actually jumped over the sheep when they wouldn't move.|
|Sometimes the ranch dogs help less experienced dogs get the sheep moving. Meet Drew.|
|Kelly's first time petting Rubble. Mama Sarah was right there. She shed a tear. :)|
|This mailbox WILL be mine someday. ;)|
|Kelly working a GSD. They have a totally different style. It's fascinating!|
|Kristina and Merlin (left) wait to train while Ted pets a student GSD.|
Once again, we had a glorious time. Zenzi allowed several people to approach and pet her, without running away or barking at them. The socialization aspect is, again, just as valuable as the actual herding! We're making friends ourselves, Rick and I, and discovered that they board dogs over there. Any time our dogs need boarding, that's the plan. Wags & Wiggles is wonderful, don't get me wrong, but not a perfect fit for a dog like Zenzi. She does not relish the company of other dogs the way she does "her people" and working sheep! Sarah is boarding Rubble there over Thanksgiving.
Next week, I'm flying home to MI to visit family, so there will be no herding next week. :( After that, though, it's back on!