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 instincts, and they would love to learn how to train and handle them. My consistent […]

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 your body. And, if you are among those who share with us a special fondness for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Upcoming Herding Demonstrations

Connie and I will take our sheep and dogs to a number of venues during 2014 to do sheepdog herding demonstrations.

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

We are delighted to share the wonders of these talented dogs and to explain how sheep […]

Big Crowds and Good Weather for Sheepdog Demo

Heatherhope Farm went to Kline Creek Farm on the weekend of April 20 and 21, 2013.

The Lord was good. A week earlier John was sick and the weather was atrocious. But John’s coughing was gone and his voice was back. Connie too was in good health. And the rain and wind stopped and the […]

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 […]

Free Sheepdog Trial Judging Seminar Jan 21

 

Nigel Watkins and Floss shedding in 2010 International Supreme. Photo by John

             “Up North” here we aren’t usually doing much sheepdog training in the dead of winter.  So, how about gathering for some lunch and snacks and talking about judging sheepdog trials by discussing Stuart Walton’s sheepdog trial judging video and other stuff?

               Heatherhope Farm and […]

Abbie Has Five Puppies

“And when I die…and when I’m dead, dead and gone, there’ll be one child born and a world to carry on.”

Abbie with pups born Nov. 20, 2011. Photo by John

Laura Nyro wrote those lyrics and Blood, Sweat and Tears and Peter Paul and Mary sang them.

But, in our case, it was one dog, Floss, […]

Dogs Show Their Stuff at Carol Stream Dog Fest

The dogs of Heatherhope put on a herding demonstration in Carol Stream, Illinois, at the CSBarks Dog Fest. Fighting stubborn ewes they showed how to gain the sheep’s respect. Each dog has its own […]