Working Dog Demo at Kline Creek Farm April 17-18

Come watch the working Border Collies of Heatherhope Farm put on a demonstration at Kline Creek Farm, a historic farm in the DuPage County Forest Preserve system. The program is on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, and includes sheep shearing and a demonstration of how washed wool becomes spun yarn.

Check out the calendar for the DuPage County (Illinois) Forest Preserve for their information: http://www.dupageforest.com/calendar.aspx?id=4294967889.

Jock moves the flock. Photo by Sandi Scott.

The herding dog demonstration will take you through the process of how a pup becomes a fully trained sheepdog. Connie will do commentary and John will team up with 5 month-old Spot, 2 year-old Jock, 3 year-old Abbie and 7 year-old Cap. We may even rely on the persuasive powers of 13 year-old Mirk. He is hard of hearing, but he sure can push sheep where they don’t want to go.

Entrance to Kline Creek Farm and the demonstration is free. The farm is at 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago, IL 60185. It is just south of North Avenue and a bit north of Geneva Road. The phone number of the farm is 630-876-5900.

Find an interesting article about this year’s event, with a photo of our Jock doing a demonstration at the Kline Creek Farm last year at http://www.dupageforest.com/NewsReleases/Sheep-Shearing_Weekend_at_Kline_Creek_Farm.html

About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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