Friday, March 27, 2009

Beautiful Beth

Have you ever had one of those moments with your dog that gives you goosebumps? Chills up your spine - or make you just want to jump up and down and scream WOOHOOOOOO!

Beth had one today, in fact she had six of them.

All the work this week and the hours we spent on the field have paid off.

I have been doing all the things that both Scott and Karen have told me...I have practiced over and over. Beth has had things right from the start. I didn't.

I am finally getting it - how my uncertainty has telegraphed down the stick to Beth. Beth has improved so much I can't believe this is the same dog.

Today I sent Beth on a nice long outrun (150 yards approx). At first I thought she was heading for the gate and was going to quit - then I realized she was flat out hauling arse in a most beautiful wide, almost square outrun. I have never seen her move so fast and confidently. She came up behind the group of 10 lambs approx 20 yards behind them, lifted them smoothly and then brought them in a straight line right to me.

No slicing the top off the flank. No diving into the middle of the flock and scattering them like a bowling ball. Just calm and pretty.

I was sooo happy I almost fainted. I said 'lie down' she did...then before I said "that'll do" I shrieked GOOD GIRL! Beth started doing her wiggly butt and hopped up and down - she knew she did good.

Was this a fluke? Nope...she did it five more times.

I am in Heaven...Beth is laying at my feet right now sound asleep - she is in Heaven too. She had steak for dinner.


Raising Addie said...


You go girl!!!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie and Lucie

Jodi said...

Awesome! Way to go Beth! And you too!

sheepkelpie said...

Veddy GOOD! One little thing- if she does it really well, say twice-don't keep repeating, or, you may get what I sometimes get- creativity- they figure, if they have to keep doing it, then they must have done something wrong ;)

Sounds like you and Beth have melded well. More pics, video and updates please. Not like I ask for too much eh?

Mason Dixie said...

Way to go Beth!!!

An English Shepherd said...

Well done to you both !!! :-)

manymuddypaws said...

don't you love lightbulb moments. good for you!

Darci said...

A dog "fetches" sheep to you and "drives" them away. And that my Dear is your terminology tip for the day! LOL
I do love those light bulb moments! We get them every so often, and I just want to grab up my dog and shout out to the world, "I HAVE THE GREATEST DOG!!
Sounds like you have one too! Way to go, Both of You!
I watched a movie the other day, it was called Meet the Robinsons. I loved their message, it was "Keep moving Forwrd!

Robin French said...

Way to go Beth!

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Well done Beth....and well done YOU too!!
Ummm...we don't get steak for dinner if we chase sheep, we get no dinner and put to bed....or ummmm *bang bang* can we come and live with you please?
Slobbers xx

Sarah said...

wow that sounds perfect.

Suzuki said...

Hi Guys
I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately but my Mum and my brother Scooby have been hogging the laptop fur his new business and blog He is still looking fur pups to follow his blog (even if they are not single) to help spread the word about these pups Lookin' Fur Love.
So now I am spending today stopping by ALL my friends blogs and saying Hi :) and catching up on all your news.
Big licks to you