Saturday, January 23, 2010

Guess What I Did Today?

Ever since our trip to Washington last July, the Duchess has been trying to find someone in our area to teach us sheep herding. Finally the Duchess put an ad in a local e-newsletter that is sent out by our little town. And guess what? We made a contact! Today was our first visit to J's house. She has the sheep, the knowledge, and the patience to teach us to work sheep.

Today was an evaluation of sorts. J took me out in the round pen to see what I could do. I didn't bite a single sheep! She was very happy about that :) We went around and around while the Duke and Duchess watched from outside the fence. We passed muster because we are going to start real lessons in two weeks.

The Duke says he is going to come to all the lessons because he doesn't believe the Duchess will ever get out there in the middle of those sheep. (I'm inclined to agree with him. My Duchess is such a sissy!) However, this was all the Duchesses idea. She has a dream you know, it's called her "heart's desire" and this sheep herding thing is part of the puzzle. We will see how it all works out :)

These are the sheep I got to chase, um I mean Herd!
And this is me, getting ready to rumble.

This is me in action with J coaching me.

Look out! Here we come!

This is my favorite picture because I'm coming in along the fence
and that is really stressful, but I did it!!!

We had a great day.
For some reason the sun was shining and it wasn't raining.
Quite a nice surprise :)



  1. WOW...sounds exciting!
    Woofs and Wags,

  2. Way to go! I can't wait to hear your progress :)

  3. That looks like a lot of fun! Mom says to tell the Duchess that sheep are pretty docile and she was around them from the time she was a toddler without ever getting hurt by them. Have fun with your lessons!


  4. That's awesome!!! Way to go Emma!

  5. What a great fun you had, Emma. That's awesome!

  6. Wauwwww great work Emma Rose looks like fun.
    bye bye,Lean.

  7. Oh wow Emma...this is fantastic news! No wonder your mom is so excited. You look like you are going to be an awesome herder (not that we know much about herding). Tell mom thanks for all the action pictures - they brought a smile to our faces

  8. are amazing!!! That sounds like so much fun and you seem to be very good at it already! I can't wait to see what happens next. I know it will be exciting!! Love, Debbie and Hollydog

  9. Emma, you are a natural at herding. Way to go girl! WOO-HOO!

  10. Wow Emma!! That looks really fun and awesome!! I can only hope one day I get to meet sheep too! GEez.. you are a natural I think...*blushes*

    Tristan and Braun

  11. Emma are amazing!! I am so happy you passed muster! Chance wants to let you know that he is very jealous..and please tell The Duchess that she never heard of anyone being maimed for life or killed or even bitten by sheep. She needs to take a brave pill and go for the gold!! :)

  12. Hey that is a cool way to spend your day Emma Rose, and it sounds like you did very well. :-)

  13. Wonderful! It's nice to see you getting a chance to do what comes naturally to you.

  14. You guys are going to have a BLAST! I remember how much talent you have Emma. You made me smile big when I tested you on sheep...what a good girl you were. I remember your momma standing at the fence with her mouth open when you layed down for me too! This makes me so happy that you are going to get real lessons. So, when is your brother Higgens going to be tested on livestock? Hmmmm?

    -Auntie Sheepy Carolynn

  15. BCxFour,

    Mister Higgins just learned how to conquer a standing Kong, I don't think he will be ready for sheep for a good long while. He is really goofy.

    Emma Rose


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