Well, I am but a girl with a dream! To learn everything I possibly can about the herding dogs brain and body! I am on a quest to learn how to be a conformation judge, to be the best herder, to be the best person in the show ring, and to be the best breeder … More March Road Trip!
Because I wanted something beautiful for my wall. I contracted my friend Bekki, who works for American Dog Fancier, and they created an absolute work of art for me. And I am in love.
After we were able to stretch our legs in cows, pushing super hard to move the highland cows, we have to dial down and work lambs and sheep. It has taken about 6 months to get her to stop using her eye to push on the stock on the shoulder. She has such a strong … More Mazikeen – Dialing Down
I love me some Ukulele … But she was in standing heat, and I would send her on flanks, and she would just… Stare at me. I finally decided to go move the cows myself, and she came unstuck, but was then obsessed with controlling the heads, and kept stopping the movement and bringing them … More Ukulele – Cathy Hartley Clinic
Now that we have a fairly reliable stop here…. We are really trying to stretch our legs and trust my dog to get things moving right. Mazikeen has this really super strong sense of balance. She wants to be bringing the stock back to me at all times. So in this exercise, we are gathering … More Mazikeen – Cathy Hartley
This is the last weekend of work before Fiddle goes off to be bred. We worked the alley way on cattle. One of the things we have been working on is changing directions and covering and gathering without me supporting with the physical movement. She was doing ok with the driving and the inside flanks, … More Fiddle – Cathy Hartley
Saturday 02/18/23 In West Friendship, MD Judge: Mr. Lloyd Graser I forgot how to show a dog……. Sunday 02/19/23 In West Friendship, MD Judge: Mrs. Polly (Mrs. Robert) D. Smith Select Bitch – CH Clarjos Twisted Golden Fiddle RL HSAc – 5 Point Major, 1 Champion Defeat
One of my puppy buyers is amazing! She decided to feature Fiddle and our cattle dogs in the digital edition of the Australian Cattle Dog Quarterly! She showcased some of my very favorite Fiddle pictures, with the cover taken by Sandra Allen, and featuring some of her amazing little babies!
With Chunky right now, we are focused on gathering confidence. Working in the small pen, skirting the stock, staying on the rail and stopping and flanking without me having to direct her. We are definitely gaining confidence, and our independence and some bite on cows. I am really looking forward to stretching our metaphorical legs … More Chunky – Cathy Hartley Lesson
So, at the Larry Clinic, we really hit the fundamentals hard on cattle. We have been working a lot of precision, fundamentals, and going around stock without biting them unless necessary. Also, stopping wherever I tell her to. So we headed out to Hog Dog in Maryland to work driving and stopping where I told … More Mazikeen: Driving Lessons