Saturday, October 22, 2016

Seeing Spots

One Saturday in September,  I had an opportunity to visit some friends, who don't live that far from me. Months ago, they had mentioned an event that was to be held at their place and invited me out to spend the day.  

SHE trains herding stock dogs and their masters. Her husband, an accomplished pilot, oversees and manages the trials which  are held throughout the year.  HE still dabbles in his field of aviation instruction and technology as well.  

Arriving early, I parked close to the house and began to peek around at the surroundings.  

FENCES, Fences EVERYWHERE
While some had fur, some had hair.
And truth be told, I learned lots
So much, in fact, I saw SPOTS!

Sure, the fences drew me in but it was what was within those fences that had me the moment I arrived.  About an hour into observing, I began to distinguish those dogs that "could" and those that "needed work." It was an amazing experience! Coming away with a respect for the art of raising and training herding dogs (and their masters), I told them I would be back. Perhaps you can see why.


Remember I said, I saw so much, I SAW SPOTS?


As you can imagine, not only were there herding dogs of all shapes and sizes (many of which I was personally introduced to I might add), they needed something to work with, right?

Well, there were cattle, ducks (lots of ducks), sheep and goats.  Did you know that if during a herding trial a dog touches a duck, they are disqualified?



Admittedly, I was more than a tad concerned when I zoomed in the this powerful pooch (aka Bouvier) licking it's chops while herding the ducks. 


Well, as the day ended for me and I said farewell to my gracious hosts, before I left there was something they wanted me to see "around back."  

 I met SPOTS...
their new Aussie.


just seeing saying and sharing...

Seeing Spots

with you and those at



Oh, and one more thing.  I was just invited back to take more pix of Spots for them.

13 comments:

Ann said...

Never in a million years would I have guessed that this is what was behind all those fences. How totally fun. Looking at the pictures there are some of those dogs that I wouldn't have expected to see as herding dogs and others just look like naturals
Spots is so adorable. I want to reach through the screen and give him a big old hug

only slightly confused said...

What a sweet baby Spots is.

Susie said...

JP, That sounds so interesting to me. I have to say, Spots has the cutest face. You'll have to go see him when he's grown. :):)Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Florida Farm Girl said...

Those are some gorgeous dogs, and I'm not even a dog person! Spots would have my heart for sure.

Terra Hangen said...

My heart would melt seeing all those dogs; herding dogs are very smart and to see people and dogs working together is very inspiring.

Pamela Gordon said...

Spots is such a cute puppy. What fun to be around all those beautiful dogs watching them train to herd.

Karen Ann said...

Gorgeous pup!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I would love to spend the day with all these dogs. What Fun, love all the photos. The dogs are all beautiful. Spots the Aussie is just adorable.

Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Barb said...

Well-trained dogs are such a joy to watch and be around. Little Spots is adorable. One of my favorite dogs ever was an Aussie!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What great fun and what an enjoyable day from start to finish, especially when it ends with a cutie like Spots!!

Sylvia said...

JP, Spots is adorable. I look forward to more pix. Sylvia D.

Rambling Woods said...

Loved all the critters

Forest Dream Weaver said...

They are all beautiful....the puppy is so cute with lovely markings!

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