Mennonites Make LOLBCA Sheepdog Trial a Delight

            Our Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association conducted its annual sheepdog trial on the farm of Jason Weaver, just south of Vandalia, Illinois, on August 15 and 16, 2014. It was the club’s first time at this location.

            Many volunteers made the event a huge success. Kathy Kawalec heads up the LOLBCA and served […]

Students well pleased with Gordon Watt clinic

Gordon Watt (l) and his students at the 2013 clinic at Heatherhope. Photo by John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handler after handler walked off the field thrilled by the improvements their dogs and their handling made in a very short time.

 

Gordon Watt, Irish, English and World Champion handler and trainer worked with ten different handlers and eight or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Epiphany at Heatherhope Shows Forth the Work of God

At our bonfire of greens we sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and other songs. Photo by John

The day and season of Epiphany is a celebration of the many ways God’s work is manifest in our lives. (The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek for “show forth.”)

Here at Heatherhope we have an simple annual […]

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, […]