Naper Settlement Demonstration Defies Heat

It was 94 degrees in the shade, but seven of our sheep and four of our dogs joined us in putting on a herding demonstration at Naper Settlement in Naperville, IL on Sunday, July 18.

What makes our visits to the Settlement so fantastic is the warm welcome we get there from all the helpful staff and the enthusiasm of the crowds. Connie and I are so busy we haven’t the time to count the people, but they certainly make things lively and informative with the probing questions they ask.

It was especially gratifying for us to have our young Spot (now eight months old) work so well. He has been flanking around the sheep nicely and at the demonstration even did a little quiet fetching a couple of times. This was nice as the Naper Settlement publicity people, headed by our friend Donna DeFalco, built their releases around the idea of “See Spot Run.” They even involved children in reading old “See Spot Run” books.

There was a TV crew there, so we hope in the future to do include a link to that video content.

Meanwhile, here is a newspaper report on our Naper Settlement Demo. Enjoy!

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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