Tag Archives: Border Collies

Weathering Winter Prayerfully on Heatherhope

Today is the first Sunday after the Epiphany. A holy time. A time of light, amazement, and a time to celebrate God’s gift of the New Age. How then do I shake off all my un-holy thoughts and afflictions? Our … Continue reading

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Betty Back from the Brink

Life with many animals on a livestock farm is full of emotional highs and lows. Loving life is no guarantee of happy times, but loving life means life is thick with feeling. Thick with a joy that is more nuanced … Continue reading

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The Household Power Structure Changes!

Pictured here are Connie, with Sméagol the cat, and Nell the sheepdog. I’m John, taking the photo. In the life of Heatherhope Farm, over the 18 years of its existence, Sméagol has run things inside the house. He meows like … Continue reading

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K9 Playtime Therapy

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Emmaus: The Way of Faith

My wife and I have done herding dog demonstrations with our Border Collies for many years. On those occasions countless people have come up to us, told us that they had some sort of a dog who might have herding … Continue reading

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Abbie’s Death Leaves a Hole in Our Hearts

Yesterday we put down our beloved Abbie. It has left a big hole in our hearts!! Of course, if you are part of the human race, you have already flinched, because you have the pain stored in every cell of … 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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In Memory of Cap

In Memoriam Cap ABCA 240965 Born 12/25/2003 Died 7/11/2018 By John Seraphine As this is being written there is a newly empty kennel at Heatherhope. Our remaining six Border Collies, Bilbo the guard dog, and Connie and I salute our … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Gordon Watt Sheepdog Clinic Nov. 2-5

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, … Continue reading

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