Mennonites Make LOLBCA Sheepdog Trial a Delight

            Our Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association conducted its annual sheepdog trial on the farm of Jason Weaver, just south of Vandalia, Illinois, on August 15 and 16, 2014. It was the club’s first time at this location.

            Many volunteers made the event a huge success. Kathy Kawalec heads up the LOLBCA and served […]

Bilbo is Frodo's New Apprentice


Bilbo is our new livestock guardian dog at Heatherhope. Photo by John

        Bilbo is a Pyrenees puppy—only 6 weeks old. That’s too young, I know, for an ordinary pup to leave its litter and come to a new home. But Bilbo comes to Heatherhope this early to start important bonding with Frodo, his master and mentor, […]

Call for A Less Defensive Farm Bureau

         With a small, 43 acre farm, with a small flock of sheep and a handful of dogs, I am a what might be called a “hobby” farmer. Losing money on the farm isn’t going to drive me to homelessness.

          But I do know people who make their living on small farms, and they feel as […]

Blessing of the Animals Set For October 4

You are cordially invited to a Service of Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

That day is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is known, of course, as one who recognized all the animals and other elements of Creation as brothers and sisters to us all.

You are […]