The Beauty of Cooperation--The Comedy of Competition

Last weekend the dogs, Betty and Nell, and I, took part in a sheepdog competition. Though the kind of sheepdog trial that we partake in does indeed test almost all of the skills of dogs and handlers that are called upon in practical flock work, I find myself almost always having to check myself when […]

There Are Two Kinds of People

“There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who divide everyone into two kinds of people, and those who don’t.”

I put this in quotes because I’m sure I heard it somewhere before. I Googled it and found lots of funny and not so funny ways of playing around with this common, very human […]

The Animals Teach Us Advent Expectation

‘Tis the season for expectation. Pregnant waiting. Yearning flavored with confidence. Confidence born of experience.

Advent has always been a favorite time for me. Of course, as a child, it all led up to that moment when we drove home from Christmas Eve pageant, past the colored lights on the homes and along the runways of […]

Farm Stroll-Meet and Greet Lambs

Last year we were a part of the first ever Farm Stroll coordinated by the University of Illinois Extension in DeKalb County. Families and individuals could visit a number of small, specialized farms in the county, and many of them enjoyed their visit to Heatherhope Farm where we told the story of sheep farming and showed […]

Herding Dog Demonstrations, 2017

Our Border Collies will show how stock dogs help farmers at  demonstrations throughout the year.

Several times a year we load up some of our sheep and our Border Collies and travel to festivals to put on demonstrations. They are herding dog demonstrations, but much more. As the dogs amaze the crowds with their focused […]

Gordon Watt Sheepdog Clinic May 11-14

Gordon Watt, 2016 Reserve National Champion of the U.S., Handler of the Year of the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association for 2016, World Sheep Dog Trials Champion of 2005, returns to offer a four-day handling clinic here at Heatherhope Farm, Thursday, May 11 through Sunday, May 14, 2017.

We have seen Gordon help handlers of all levels make […]

Waking Up Alive

Autumn is a time for awakening on Heatherhope Farm. Photo by John

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Surely, not if He tried, could God have poured out more awakening on me this very morning.

My back was indeed hitching with stiffness as I rolled to erect, and shuffled to feed the cat, and pull on my trousers and […]

DeKalb County Farm Stroll, July 19

Heatherhope Farm will be one of a dozen farms welcoming the public as part of the very first DeKalb County Farm Stroll, sponsored by the University of  Illinois Extension. The stroll is Sunday, July 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Border Collies will show how stock dogs help farmers at the DeKalb County […]

Meet and Greet the Lambs June 6

Heatherhope Farm invites everyone to “Meet and Greet the Lambs 2015” set for Saturday, June 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We have 50 sheep on hand with 19 of them being lambs born the first few weeks of April. The very last one born has a nervous mother who isn’t too good at nursing […]

Herding Dog Demonstrations for 2015

We invite you to join us for a herding dog demonstration where you will learn about dogs, sheep, wool, and human teamwork. That sounds like a lot, but it’s true.

 

Betty, the youngest dog we are using in our demonstrations this year, keeps her focus. Photo by Amanda Martin.

 

The first thing you will notice is […]