On the Lamb

“I want my children to have
all the things I couldn’t afford.
Then, I want to move in with them.”
Phyllis Diller
On the Lamb
Star with Herd Kaitlin with puppies

 

Hope all you fellow Blogaholics had a good Mother’s Day. As a mother, I contend, every day is Mother’s Day because our caring for and worrying about our children never ends.

Before we were all quarantined, my son asked what I would like for Mother’s Day? The answer was easy for me. I wanted to spend the day with him and visit a 40-acre private ranch in Camarillo that raises lambs, as well as breeds and trains Border Collies.

To my surprise, my son contacted the ranch and was able to schedule a private tour as long as we wore our face masks.

What a great escape from being locked up for almost two months. The fresh air, the smell of alfalfa hay and the interaction with all the farm animals was just what I needed.

We had a wonderful visit this weekend at the ranch interacting with the domesticated grand menagerie. We were able to not only feed and hold the baby lambs, but our tour guide Laura gave an amazing herding demonstration with her dog Star.

The highlight of our ranch visit was being introduced to 9 of the 6-week-old Border Collie puppies.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend scheduling a visit to this wondrous ranch, On the Lamb.

Shine On

 

From the Heart

“The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched
– they must be felt with the heart.”
Helen Keller

From the Heart

Daisy 1985 to 2005

There’ve been dozens of dogs that I have known throughout my life. All of these dogs were not merely pets, but all were considered family members. All these dogs had unique personalities as unique as their breeds. But, there was one dog of mine that stood out from all the rest. She was a Golden Retriever from the pound and her name was Daisy.

Daisy arrived unexpectedly one day. A friend had obtained Daisy from the pound and because of this friends recent hip surgery she was finding it difficult to care for Daisy.

I was hesitant to adopt a dog. Mostly because I worked at a demanding full-time job, had a young son, and my boyfriend and husband to be was recovering from a massive heart attack. Also, Daisy had a bad reputation for getting into the trash, digging her way out of yards and running away, and was extremely unruly. But, there was something I saw in this dog’s eyes. Something that showed me we were kindred spirits.

One of Daisy’s worst habits was jumping on anyone that entered our home. To my surprise, Daisy was a quick learn. After her first week with us, she stopped getting into the trash, never jumped on anyone ever again, and never ever dug one hole in the yard. In fact, you could leave every door open in the house and she wouldn’t step one paw over the threshold.

I had lots of experience over the year’s training difficult dogs, but Daisy wasn’t difficult by any means. On the contrary, she was the smartest dog I had ever encountered. She was so well-mannered, that one night my husband left a half-eaten roast beef sandwich on the coffee table and Daisy didn’t eat or even lay a paw on the sandwich.

Why was Daisy such a good dog?  It was simple. She had the best food, the best care, was taken for daily walks, and she was loved and groomed like a princess. She was always made to feel secure. Basically, Daisy knew how much we loved her.  A love that we both felt, from the heart.

Shine On

Dog Athletes in Motion

 

“There is no such thing as a difficult dog,
only an inexperienced owner.”
Barbara Woodhouse

Dog Athletes in Motion

 

Every year I look forward to watching the prime televised dog shows. I’m always amazed how the judges select “Best of Show” from such beautiful and diverse breeds. But, there is one event at the recent Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show which doesn’t require a judge. The best in the agility category.

There are different breeds and sizes that compete in dog agility. But, whatever size or breed you prefer, there is no denying that these agility dogs have a whole lot of heart.

P!nk, who is pictured above and yes, named after the singer, became the sixth border collie in seven years to win the 2020 Westminster Masters Agility Championship. The dog and her owner, Jennifer Crank, won the 16-inch class for the third consecutive year.

If you love dogs and have never watched a dog agility competition, you’ve missed the experience of witnessing dog athletes in motion.

Shine On