Handling the Primal

“I want to hold her,” Connie pleaded with me.

 

She rolled up her shirt and undershirt and took puppy Number One from me. An hour or so before I had called to Connie, “We’re losing her.”  

Puppy Number One is so small lying on Abbie’s foreleg. Photo by John

 

 

Tiny, black, with just a half of a […]

“Meet and Greet the Lambs” Set for June 7

 

It’s great fun to pet a lamb. Photo by M. Gezing

Heatherhope Farm invites everyone to “Meet and Greet the Lambs 2014” set for Saturday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

It’s been a good year! We have 34 lambs out on the pasture now and there are two ewes that may lamb as […]

Epiphany at Heatherhope, January 5

You are invited to a very special evening—our annual Epiphany celebration at Heatherhope Farm. We will gather Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 4:30 to about 7:30 p.m.

After sandwiches in the house we gather for a bonfire and singing. Photo by John

At times the darker powers of this world seem to threaten to overwhelm […]

Meet and Greet the Lambs, May 25

Come to Heatherhope Farm on Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and meet and greet our 2013 crop of 21 new lambs.

Watch them follow their mothers and enjoy their lamb frolics during which they gather like a happy little gang of teens, start prancing and pronking around and from time to time […]

Epiphany at Heatherhope Set for January 6, 2013

You are cordially invited to a winter tradition: Epiphany at Heatherhope.

Part of Epiphany celebraton at Heatherhope is a traditional burning of the greens. Photo by John

 

Come alone, with a friend, or with your whole family.

Festivities will be on Sunday, January 6 and run from 4:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. or so.

We will start […]

The Glories of Glum and Sheep Keepers New Year

            Lots of people complain when clouds and rains come. They think it dreary.  Not me—especially when we have endured the long, hot, dry summer of 2012. I complained when there was not a cloud in the sky for days and weeks on end and the grass stopped growing when spring rains didn’t materialize and […]

Post-Sheep-Handling Thoughts on Olympian Spirit

The great 19th century Danish-Lutheran philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, wrote scathingly of a certain bishop who was called a “faithful witness of the truth” at his funeral. Kierkegaard thought that faithful witnesses, or, what he would also call “knights of faith,” were people who suffered gravely for simply standing as individuals against the crowd–for standing up […]

Saving 254 from Death by Bloat

            It had been one of those busy days–even a rough day—so Connie and I felt sufficiently sorry for ourselves that we got carry out Chinese food for dinner. We got up from our meal and I saw that telltale sign of trouble: a Ewe was grazing near the lane back to the barn—on the […]

Cap X Abbie Puppies All Placed

All of our Cap X Abbie pups have been placed, and we are thrilled that all of them will be sheepdogs.

One is going to a young woman who is experienced at dog training and agility competition, but will be brancing out into herding competitions. One will go to an open competitor and another to a […]

Prayerfully Gathering with Spot

February 2, 2012

                As an apprentice sheepdog, Spot has had a tumultuous work history. With the help of the insights from three of the very best sheepdog trainers in the world, Bobby Dalziel, Aled Owen and Gordon Watt, I have understood that I taught him well to bite sheep. I trained him on sheep that […]