The Sexy Beasts are now HERDING!

Every morning one of my Sexy Beasts gets to come out and do duck chores with me. I love it as it is not only one on one time for me with one of my dogs, but it is fun to have a chores partner. And then they get to tend to the ducks for…

Freshly Laid

First off, our first two eggs, freshly laid! This means the ducks are settling in. Mama Beetz and Rhumb got to quickly consume them after work this morning, and they were more than thrilled for their paycheck, a job well done! The Ladies of the Quack Shack operate on a sunrise and sunset schedule. My…

Fort Duckworth and the Ladies of the Quack Shack

We have ducks now! My friend brought over fifteen ducks, crosses of Indian runner, Appleyard, and Khaki. I only wanted five to start with but she said no way, fifteen is better for sure. We don’t have a drake yet, I think, and that is okay. We need to get use to our new routine,…

Running Parallel

She is My Perfect. My Rhumb Line. A sexy disaster. She is a hard hitting working dog, tenacious, intense, and determined. When she is with the ones she loves she is as tender as they come. She is my eye gazer, up close and personal, right to the very being of who you are. She…

my cautious, fearful, Ocean – part 2

Ocean was growing into the most gorgeous dog I could have imagined. Actually, I didn’t know what to imagine. She was the only ‘mostly white’ one in her litter, the rest were black and white like the Border Collie mom, or blue merle like the Australian Shepherd dad. She was changing, and I loved waking…

my cautious, fearful, Ocean – part 1

In August 2002, someone told me about a litter of pups, border collie/aussie crosses, that were for sale. $45, they needed to go fast! I called the family and made a time to go out and see the puppies. It wasn’t hell, but it wasn’t good either. When I pulled up, the adult dogs came…

everybody is a genius …

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid… Albert Einstein I think of this often, especially in regards to our dogs that live in a human world. So often working dogs go into family pet…

like candy for a working dog

Working dogs like to work. Sounds obvious, buts it’s overlooked so often. If you pretend your dog is just a pet, he will remind you he is a working dog! It doesn’t take force, pain, or discomfort to get a working dog working, they are bred to do it. What it takes is a plan,…