Between cold weather and the Christmas holidays, training has rather inconsistent. However, Gyp is coming along nicely and is now starting to feel her sheep and settle down. Hopefully the weather holds. As long as the snow doesn't get too deep, we'll keep working. Most years the snow is already too deep by now!
The dogs taking off on their daily run. We live at the bottom of a beautiful valley. Pretty much every day, the dogs and I do "the loop". I'll admit that when it's cold, the dogs look forward to it more than I do!
No need for snowshoes this year when we hiked up to our usual picnic spot at the top of the valley. Still the dogs had a great time, and we had a great lunch with a gorgeous view.
Received Will and Gyp's OFA hip results today. Both are OFA Good. Nice little New Year's Eve gift. :-)
Received DNA results back for Gyp and Joe. Both are DNA clear for CEA and IGS. As we are planning to breed Gyp to Will this winter this is good news. Will is already DNA clear for both so it is impossible for any pups out of this breeding to develop either disease.
Gizmo is our cat. He comes out almost every morning to help with the chores and loves hanging out with us and the dogs. Apparently, as much as I need good Border Collies to help out around the farm, things can't be done properly without the supervision of a good cat!
Will and Gyp both went in for their OFA hip x-rays today. Hips look great on both of them. Will was awesome and we only needed to take one x-ray. Gyp was her usual happy, wiggly self and after the fourth attempt, I decided that we would send in the best x-ray as I didn't see the point in sedating her to make the x-ray look "better" when it was obvious that her hips were very good. Have sent them off to OFA and should get official results in a few weeks. Nice to know that they will both be good sound working dogs.
This is video of Meg, a dog I raised, trained and sold this summer. She is 22 months old in the video. This was recorded at the Canadian Nursery Championship. The sheep were challenging, and the course was tricky. Meg finished up mid-pack. Considering her age and experience level, I was very pleased with how she did.