Wow....2 posts in 2 days. It MUST be hot out, and there's not much else to do except read and maybe write....So, here I go, with more "catchup" posts from the past few months.
THIS year, Barbara told me that it was time to "hang out my shingle".....meaning that I am "getting it"....Wow, thatsa very huge step forward for me, and I must admit, I have been turning it over and Over in my heart for the past month.....So...if you have any animal that you want me to connect with, lemme know....I could use the practice....
On Saturday night we always meet for supper at a pub nearby in Putney, VT. Laughter is the main course. The founder of Camp, Honey Loring (now retired), lives right across the road from the pub, and she always joins us. Here's Honey and Barbara together! I just love these two women!
Back at the workshop, here's a picture of Lisa and her puppy. Did I mention that this was a pretty relaxing weekend?!
Here's a few pictures from Dog Camp. This was my 7th year, and, well, I didn't take very many pictures. Mostly I just "did" instead of trying to document. Sad, I know. But there Were some folks there w/some very nice cameras, and I bought a few pictures from them.
We only took ONE van this year! Yeh, that's right....SIX Collies and all our gear, plus stuff to give to the Silent Auction. This is probably the Last year we can do this, as we add to our packs in the future....especially Brenda....Needless to say, the ride up was really fun, because we got to talk the whole time! The dogs all ride quite well, stuffed in like furry sausages, and friend Maureen took up some of the slack on hauling our gear and Brenda's little girl Collie, Khylie.
Here's some pictures of our room. We will Never receive the "clean camper" award....(no such anyway!), but we lived like Queens in our dorm, and slept like very tired puppies.
Of Course we always take walks in the Vermont woods. This year, I felt comfortable enough with their good recalls to allow both boys off lead. Rocks are very good stopping points for Mom to snap a picture or two.
This big golden boy is Fiero
This big golden boy is Fiero. Brenda's new Collie puppy. He's about 6 mos old, and Camp has offered him Lots of chances to experience new things. In this picture, she is treating Fee as he is looking and listening to some Very Scary construction going on around the campus. What a great opportunity for him to get positive strokes when things don't seem so normal and everyday.
Do you see the futility in this picture?! Do I have this dog's attention? Is he even in the same Time Zone as I am in? What you are viewing is a brief moment in time where this blue boy was actually Quiet whilst watching the other dogs have their turn herding the sheep. Prosper couldn't wait. He Couln't. He Could NOT Wait! And he pitched a whining, barking, tap-dancing FIT.....The Super-embarrassed dog trainer was attempting to turn him around to Good Behavior, but, as you can see, he wasn't listening. At. All.
So, the First thing a dog must do before he gets to chase the sheep is "Down!" Got that one just fine.
And then, he's off! Dude looks like he Knows what to do....My sister gets a bit maudlin and speaks about his "ancestors harkening to his spirit" and telling him what hundreds of generations before him were bred to do......
And, well, if they Don't get in line, he Can get Serious.....Can you Believe this is my liddle wolf cubbie baring those teeth?!
The last day of camp, as we were packing up, it rained. We'd packed up our rain gear, so we found alternative "coats" to wear.....
Drying off in the dining hall.....Nothing seems to dampen our spirits at Camp.....except maybe leaving....Until next year, my friends...When, once again, for a Magical Week, a small liberal arts college campus turns into Heaven on Earth....My deposit is paid....My savings account has begun once again.....But, now, it is time to head South towards this beautiful face: