We went down to work in Gardnerville this morning. This is the ranch where Grace, Pogo, Jane and I all first started our herding careers. I haven't been there to work in some time, but I needed a new field and sheep today and Sandy was kind enough to rent me some sheep and the alfalfa field today. Jane definitely prefers a bigger field without fences, buildings, trees, or any other sort of pressure. I told her she had to deal with her pressure issues and enjoy the beautiful backdrop!
These sheep are school sheep for two trainers who primarily train upright, loose eyed dogs for arena work. So, Jane out in the field with her eye, was a little different for them. Jane was ecstatic to find water in the ditch! I think water in the ditch at the Haase ranch is a close second to sheep, on Jane's list of favorite things.
These sheep are knee knockers, compared to what we usually work. Which proved to be not very useful on the lift and fetch, but on the drive away, she really had to keep her cool and push, which she really likes! They also have a really strong pull to the end of the field, and I think covering the draw is second only to her love of the outrun. Jane was a really happy dog today!
It was a beautiful morning, and great to see some friends I haven't seen in some time. I hoped to get over to visit some other friends in the same area, but I ran out of time. Great weather, beautiful day!!