In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sheep Dogs

  Today my Sister and her Mister came for another visit. This is a much needed visit. My days on the couch are starting to weigh on me. Hence the lack of posts lately. Sorry to let you down. Turns out there isn't much to write about when your world is reduced to a few walls. I'm not meaning to complain. See, I would stay on the couch the entire rest of my pregnancy if it meant that this baby could make a healthy entrance into this world.
  At any rate, today I did sneak away for a bit. My family, my Sis and Mister, my Mom and Mom-in-law all went to Hotchkiss for the Sheep Dog Trials. This consisted of first hitting up yard sales. The town promotes these sales and we really hoped to hit it big. Unfortunately, we didn't. We did walk away with a few small things. M picked up a load of doll clothes for twenty cents. After hitting up the sales, we wandered to a bank for a free BBQ. Then we finally made it over to watch the sheep dogs do their thing. Today was for the novice dogs and handlers. Which is still exciting, although it would have been great to see the more experienced dogs work. The point of the trials is for the dog and handler to get four sheep into a pen in less than five minutes. The dogs are not allowed to come in physical contact with the sheep. Only one that we saw was able to make the sheep pen up. At the event, there were a few booths set up. One of these booths was from Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary, which is where we adopted Ranger from. They had just received six orphaned Cairn Terriers. S got the opportunity to help bottle feed one of the puppies. I was oh so tempted to adopt one. Thankfully, my Sister called me back to reality and reminded me how many other tiny things I have to take care of. Thanks, Sis.

Almost in!

Hard at work.
It's so amazing to watch these dogs work.

1 comment:

  1. Those puppies were sooo tempting...sorry I had to pull you back to reality. ;)
    On another note, you got some great pics of the sheep & sheepdogs. That really was a fun day!!