Category Archives: Sheep

Passionate Parenting and God

In Matthew 23 (as well as Luke 13) Jesus knows he is about to love us perfectly, even if he gets killed for it. His grief overwhelms him and he says, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and … Continue reading

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Good Shepherd Sunday

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is, famously, Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is John 10.1-10.   I was asked to provide a video from our sheep farm that would give a little insight as to what … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Day Makes

They say about our part of the country, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.” Well, from yesterday to today there has been a bit of a shift. Here are the sheep grazing in our north pasture in … Continue reading

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Blogging in a Time of Pandemic

Isn’t it a loving God who put inside each of us the yearning to belong—to feel the presence of others—to complete someone else and have them complete us? Perhaps Covid-19 is the earth’s way of crying out to us. It … Continue reading

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Say It With Your Body

“Lean on him!” That’s what Gordon Watt used to say when I was working my young, excitable dog, Zac. It has taken me years to understand all that was bound up with that tiny bit of advice. We just completed one … Continue reading

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Another Snowy, Character-building Gordon Watt Clinic

It happened late last April. It happened again this Halloween. Our semi-annual Gordon Watt clinic here at Heatherhope Farm is getting to be the kind of thing that builds real character. It was in 1895 that we last had an … Continue reading

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Sheepdog Demonstrations 2019

For all of human history there has been a bond between people, land, and animals. The Creator God has given us to each other. In spite of the industrialization of agriculture we all feel the need for to feel part … Continue reading

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Springtime Sprouts

Life has been happening fast at and around Heatherhope these days. Back in the hay field the alfalfa and grass that Chauncey II and III (or is it III and IV?) planted a couple of weeks ago are just minutely … Continue reading

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Triplets Born As First Lambs of 2018

As I write this there is still a dusting of snow on the ground, but spring and new life are heralding the Easter season. The purple finch is singing it’s boisterous song just outside the window. And we are in … Continue reading

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Gordon Watt Clinic Set For April 26-29, 2018

The November 2-5, 2017 sheepdog clinic with Gordon Watt has come and gone. It was marked by terrific learning by all the handlers, progress by all of the dogs, and way too much hilarity on the field and around the … Continue reading

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