Yesterday morning I worked Pat at Dianne's in her horse arena. (Her alfalfa fields are completely overrun with alfalfa.)
We're still working on slowing down, lying down when I whistle it…which we're working on being calmly….and, of course, my timing. I tend to *FREAK OUT* when the sheep approach an obstacle and the realization hits, like in one of those I Forgot My Pants dreams, that they aren't there where they should be. They will *miss* the obstacle.
"OHMYGODNO! LIE DOWN, AWAY! AWAYAWAYAW…COMEBY!! FOR THE LOVE OF ALLTHATISHOLY LIEDOWNCOMEBYAWAY!"
Yes, there is a whistle for that. It's illegal in most states, EXCEPT Idaho. It throws birds off their migration.
I need to remember to lie Pat down and let the sheep drift, using the draw to help place them, before re-engaging Pat. I need to remember to be calm because aside from the frantic whistle/command screeching…I also flail and dance around on limbs akimbo. It's HUGELY amusing for Dianne, which is really WHY I think she continues to encourage me in this sport.
Sometimes I wonder why she and P*trick don't ask me to wear a giant ram costume and sell snacks at their trials and clinics instead. I'd be really good at that….
But I do know how to whistle. In several languages.
Ann & the SunTrip Sams & 1BC said:
I would really like to see this some day. I don’t think you did it at their last clinic. . .although, of course, my dog was trying to kill you by throwing sheep at you, so I might have missed it.
HAHA! I’m better at setout because I think I’m invisible. I think I remember *Your* dog as being rather nice, though. A little rock and roll, but talented….
PS: I always feel like I should MEET you because i remember reading on your blog that you like Tom Waits!!
You don’t flail! You’re always so …
Calm … http://lh6.ggpht.com/_gLGCj4jLV0c/TACW147yJ0I/AAAAAAAACnQ/znxYzCkbGfc/s576/IMG_2654.JPG
Cool … http://lh6.ggpht.com/_gLGCj4jLV0c/TACWvRBIi8I/AAAAAAAACnM/SWtTMDYOwlk/s576/IMG_2658.JPG
And collected … http://lh3.ggpht.com/_gLGCj4jLV0c/TACWrBfCvDI/AAAAAAAACnI/Fe8YDTN5B10/s800/IMG_2663.JPG
I should add that my flailing and flapping *ALSO* amuses my good friend with a camera Jodi. *BEEATCH*.