Having our own sheep has brought a whole new dimension into our lives.
I never thought I would see my city born husband on the ground, smiling and laughing while holding a sheep as it was sheared.
Nor did I imagine him building fences, hanging gates or or gently stroking a ewe and talking to her while I cleaned a wound & shot her full of antibiotics.
I never thought I would hear him tell me that he 'liked sheep'.
His only experience with a dog growing up was with a crazy German Shepherd named Bongo that jumped through the front window a few times, terrorized the house and ate his shoes.
That has changed. Now we have five dogs that eat his shoes.
When we married I already had three kids and two dogs. I think the biggest shock for him was the kids, the dogs were the easy part.
Katie loved him from the first time she met him.
He was the only one who would let her lick his face. She had some nasty breath at the end, enough to curl your toenails - but he let her love on him.
John fell in love with Beth when he met her.
He started Beth. It was a family affair.
When he had to start working mandatory overtime for several months I took over Beth's training...and kept her.
He tried working with Bonnie in the meantime.
He hung out with Ranger.
Slowly he came back to working Beth.
Until circumstances would change and I would end up with Beth again.
He missed her.
This coming weekend (Labor Day Monday) John is going to run Beth in N/N and Ranch in his first trial in Yelm at the Rocky Ewe SDT.
Join me in wishing them the best of luck!
It has been a long time in coming for them both. They make a good team.