Sorry about the less than stellar picture!
My favorite shots from our walk yesterday...
Coulee is quite easy to photograph on walks. Despite all her bad habits, she is quite good off-leash. She likes to run and have fun, but she doesn't like to get too far away so she will often stop and look back to see where I am.
I wish Lacey was just a little taller so the grass wouldn't always be in the way!
Vito spent almost the entire time by the water barking at Coulee.
I think one of the reasons I don't really like photographing people is that I find it hard to capture them in a natural moment and still have them looking good. They are usually talking or eating or ... So I really like it when I manage to capture a real smile.
Boone can be very intense when he wants to be.
Amanda and I went out with the kids again this weekend. They had lots of fun as usual...
Coulee and Lacey play together quite a bit these days.
They were all supposed to be posing at the top of the hill for a picture. I guess I wasn't fast enough.
Coulee was the only one brave enough to actually swim. The other three just stayed on shore waiting for her to bring back the stick.
Lacey really wanted that stick!
I love it when passions collide.
Along with all the doggie things that I do, I also spin and knit. These were made for Jolene using fur from her Rough Collie Tate, mixed with wool.
And before you ask, no, they shouldn't smell like wet dog when they get wet!
I'm going to start spinning some Sheltie fur mixed with silk soon. I can't wait!
I'm not sure that I should be proud of this or not, but I love the way Lacey can hold off dogs much bigger than her by calmly showing a little teeth. She's never followed through with the threat, and she's never had to.
She quite likes Harley, she just didn't want him on her chair. He got the message.
When we got out to Alta-Pete's we were in time to watch Scott's dog, bring the sheep in from the pasture. It was pretty amazing to watch.
Then we watched Judy with her dog Sadie have their lesson. It was only Sadie's second lesson but she was doing great!
Then it was Lacey's turn...
Lacey was very brave and showed a lot of spunk out sheep herding. The only time she acted a little timid was when the sheep got into a corner. And I can hardly blame her. The one "whiter" sheep kept stomping his foot at her. It felt threatening to me too. When I was looking through the photos I noticed that it was the whiter one that always seemed to be on its own that Lacey had to try and herd back to the group - maybe that is why it was so ornery. But by the end, she was coming with me into the corners and "shooing" the sheep out. We kept her on a long leash so she couldn't get into too much trouble. She went hard until about the last 5 minutes and it was obvious the adrenaline had run out, and she was pooped. Marlin was Lacey's official photographer for the day!
Just as we were finishing Veronica and Mike showed up with their pups and we got to watch Ozark for a little bit.
All in all, it was a pretty fun day!
Oh yeah, I should also mention that when we got home, COULEE WOVE WITHOUT ANY GATES!!!!! Just once, but we did a pretty big happy dance in the backyard. My neighbors probably thought I was nuts!
We had a tunnel delivered to the daycare today. A friend of my mom's gave it to her, who gave it to my sister, who gave it to my dad, who just gave it to me. Phew! Lacey seemed to think it was just for her. Amanda managed to photograph her telling Dozer to back off.
He even listened to her.
Coulee does this to all her best friends - Tundra, Tazzie and now Ryder...
She is always pretty sneaky about it so they rarely know she is doing it. She'll often stand just behind them or if she is feeling extra friendly, she'll rest her chin on their back. Poor Ryder didn't have a clue what was going on because she wasn't even touching him. And to be honest, I was so focused on Ryder I didn't notice either for a few seconds!
... and lots of photos! And I mean lots. I couldn't narrow them down more than this!
Coulee has been learning to weave for what feels like forever! I know, it is my fault. We don't practice nearly enough. This week though, I've practiced every day but one - and that was due to rain. We borrowed some poles and gates and have been practicing in the backyard. The first night was a disaster. I know that with any new "trick", location can make a big difference, so even though we were weaving with just a few gates in class, I started back at square one. Coulee acted like they weren't even there and just shoved her way through. I started to get quite frustrated, which didn't help so after 5 minutes we both went inside for a break. After dinner, and a BIG drink, we tried again. Much better!
We went out this afternoon and brought the camera. I set it up on a stool, attached the remote and asked Coulee to weave towards me. It worked quite well.
We had some really good sequences...
And some not so good sequences...