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 […]

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, […]

Nell Settles In--Spot Changes His Spots

Straid Nell and Spot are the two youngest dogs at Heatherhope Farm. Nell improves in her partnership with John and Spot learns not to bite […]

One-of-a-Kind Spot

Training young Spot to be a sheepdog reminds me of the need to see all dogs–and all people–as […]