"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A Lesson In Herding

Ah, the Mighty Quinn has at last graduated from herding slugs to what you see below. This is an earwig , to be exact. Being on the receiving end of all herding endeavors, I don't profess to know a great deal about the process as a whole. From what I can glean, however, here is a blow-by-blow description of what is occurring for those of you as yet unfamiliar with the 'sport'.Here we see a demonstration of the command, 'Away to me' (flank counter-clockwise around the stock).
Now the Mighty Quinn is demonstrating the initial stages of the 'Come bye' command (flank clockwise around the stock).
In this shot, we see a splendid example of the 'Walk up' (approach the stock) command.
Unfortunately, the Mighty Quinn appears to have given up in this shot. Me thinks we have a bit more work to do. Don't you just want to slap the silly grin off that earwig's face???


goatfarmer said...

I would watch out for that one, Marigold, he may mean business. Wendell never puts his butt up in the air properly like that.

Unknown said...

Very talented dog, I have to say... My dogs however feel that it is way too hot right now for any herding activity. Did I send you pics of Yogi & Gracie? I know I told you... :-)