The next weekend, we went to the Sonoma County Fair, to watch the sheep shearing contest, take in a little bit of the Fair, and watch a little bit of the RESDA trial. The sheep shearing contest was fun, and we got to cheer on our own shearer!
|Shearing contest at the Sonoma County Fair|
|The Ladies (juniors, actually) class...with mentors|
|Tom and Angus pen!|
|Tom and Angus exhausting their set of sheep|
We got there in time to see Tom and Angus put in a pretty nice run. I watched about five runs and then headed for home, to pick up a dog and go out to put our sheep in for the night. Still worrying about mountain lions and coyotes...and trying to keep the sheep safe.
It seems like it has been a hot, hot summer, or else maybe I am just getting less tolerant of the heat. The ground is hard as a rock when I go out to work dogs. It hurts my feet and I know it is hard on the dogs, especially Coal and Ryme who are older. Coal already has bad feet and I don't want to make them worse.
I'm still working on Spot and his driving, especially. Inside flanks, outside flanks... driving away and cross driving. Any old driving that we can do. At the bigger place where we can work, I am trying to drive in a big rectangle, all the way around the field, with varying success. Spot is trying; I am trying. We're trying.
I know people say, that there is no try, you just do. Well then OK, I am doing! :)