Tag Archives: National Sheepdog Finals

Great Ruses: A Lamb (and Odysseus) in Sheep’s Clothing

In his beautiful memoir, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind, Ivan Doig remembers growing up the son of a ranch hand in southwestern Montana. For ranchers, lambing season is an especially intense and demanding time of year. Thousands of … Continue reading

Posted in Books, dogs, Nature, Quotes, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The National Sheepdog Finals, Part IV.

In my final post about my trip to the National Sheepdog Finals, I promised to say something about the sheep. (Here are links to earlier posts, parts III, II, I.) Before actually watching the trials, it hadn’t occurred to me … Continue reading

Posted in Dog Stories, Dog Training, dogs, Sport, working dogs | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Visit to the National Sheepdog Finals, Part III

Here are links to the earlier posts in this series, parts II, I. Like many sports, sheepdog trialing is rooted in native instincts and practices. The domestic dog Canis familiaris has been cooperating with human beings for at least 10,000 years. Given … Continue reading

Posted in Dog Training, dogs, working dogs | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Visit to the National Sheepdog Finals, Part II

First of all, what I said in part I about being outsiders isn’t quite true. In fact, we were insiders because we shared with everyone else there the one crucial thing: an admiration of great dogs.  It’s impossible to watch a seasoned … Continue reading

Posted in Dog Training, dogs | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Visit to the National Sheepdog Finals in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Part I.

This video has some good footage of dogs working sheep. On Thursday my wife and I visited the National Sheepdog Finals, being held on a ranch in the astonishing Klamath Basin, outside the town of Merrill, near Oregon’s border with … Continue reading

Posted in Dog Stories, dogs, working dogs | Tagged , | 1 Comment