What breed is she? Sounds like she has come to recognize a pattern, anticipates it, and panics when you ask for something that she perceives as out of order. If she was kept in an under-stimulating environment, she probably over-thinks her job and maybe doesn't trust you yet to give her the right commands. Try using your walks to build the trust relationship, and maybe work her with one sheep, giving commands out of the order you would in a normal herding setting so she learns that your command is the right one, not the one she thinks is coming. You could also have her watch Nelly work, since there are some things that dogs can learn by watching others. I love herding dogs- they're so bright, and so challenging. Good luck with her!
Sounds interesting. If she was trained once, I think it can come back. You may have to be a little persistent. Perhaps she needs to get back to the trainer for a few weeks. Is there a refresher course for sheepdogs?
I hope it works out with you two! I always feel so sorry for dogs when training 'goes wrong' or people give up on them for simple or even no reason. You are clearly doing everything you can to help her, I wish you two all the best and hope you'll write about her progress whatever it may be.
I found your little poem quite brilliant, but then I read Neely's post, and quite frankly began to wonder whether you supported this whole 'blue-blood' nonsense. I find the whole idea of royalty so prejudiced and colonial.
This was sweet....found myself being a little bit nostalgic as well
mick, these three entries have been fantastic. Thank you for sharing them.
audio illusionary visions are my favorite. thanks for sharing
"I was part of a 2 man raiding party on the Girls dormitory block at Agricultural College. The year was 1979" if great things don't come from this, near perfect combination, then I don't know what does!
Well done, and well told. That is a very sweet story. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Read both parts.
Well done my friend.
Ahhhhh! So romantic!
Thankyou, thankyou. I'll do another one on her Hundredth.
Hehehe, your poem is awesome Mick!
Couldn't really give a **** about the aristocracy... well, not the real one anyways. Downton Abbey is good enough.
Your poem caused a sufficiently pleasant half smirk, mick. Neely's too. This reader has been reading his own pretentious poetry too long so there's that.
I never cared for aristocracy (must be the American in me) and really I have never understood the people who celebrity watch but especially the celebrity status of aristocracy from other countries. We have a lot of that in the States. But I must say, I have really warmed to Queen Elizabeth. She has such elegance and grace and quiet dignity. She really won me over last Christmas when I came across her annual Christmas message. You can see it here:
The last three minutes were just so perfect, and it was set up by the first four. I guess being the head of the Church of England, she can delve into religion that way. I wish an American president could do that, but he would be pilloried. I wonder if she wrote that herself or had help. It's a perfect public speech in form and prose, and she delivered it beautifully. She seems to like a rhythm of threes in her prose. As I do.
I did not see any of the Jubilee, but I heard it went well. Congratulations to her and to you Brits.
That's brilliant, genius even, well done and thanks for sharing!!
I can take or leave the royals, I'm not fussed either way to be honest, however, my favourite royal is Charles. He is a rock star! Here's my major epic poem to celebrate him:
Charles You are Cool
Charles, you are cool.
One day you might rule.
You are a patron of art,
That's why you capture my heart.
Not just that, but...
Even if I lived in a hut,
I would think you cool.
And should definitely rule.
Charles you are cool.
Copyright Neely poems, 2012.
I think all further posts on this blog must include a royal poem. OK, maybe not to the same standard as mine and Mick's, obviously, but at least something, even if it is laughable poor for we all must start somewhere and who knows, for a small fee or the very goodness of our hearts - we might give you some tips..
This reader subscribed to your blog awhile back and got an alert this morning that you posted a new entry. Woo hoo! Very nicely done, mick. You really do have a talent, you know.
Enough of that. A fine and interesting entry as always. Tups are the male sheep? Isn't that a ram? There was a line from Othello that went something like this:
"Even now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe."
And when the going got tough, mick did what any man with any degree of self-respect would do... abandoned his wife in a snow storm and ran for the kitchen lol
Lambing is way more interesting than 'going to uni' (no one says this in the US), which is why this reader doesn't blog. He reads yours instead!
Haha, more magnificent, of course!
mick, this is an old blog entry. Can we get an update on the melodrama?
my grandma turn 84 this year and she can cooking diner for us though she moving slow down. i love my grandma very munch.
Mmm "News of the world" was the rubicon moment. After that I crossed over to Supertramp. (hangs head in shame)