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 […]

Personal Remarks on Bobby Dalziel Clinic

Bobby Dalziel clinic can be very helpful in learning to train and handle dogs quietly and […]

Naper Settlement Demo Defies Heat

Crowds brave the heat to enjoy a Heatherhope herding demonstration at Naper Settlement. […]

How Sheep Survive A Storm

Sheep show us how to survive the storms of life by simply outlasting […]

Trials and Tribulations

Competing at sheepdog trials robbed John of energy and shrank his world. He learns not to rely on drugs, but on spiritual work to counter these […]

Devotion Used for Meet and Greet the Lambs

The people gathered for the Meet and Greet the Lambs Day at Heatherhope joined in this […]

Meet and Greet Lambs Has Something for Everyone

Visitors of all ages enjoyed the dogs and sheep and each other on Meet and Greet the Lambs Day at […]