Donald McCaig Posted April 19, 2017 Report Share Posted April 19, 2017 Dear Fellow Sheepdog Trainers, I heard it again and again. From Jack Knox, Herbert Holmes, Alasdair MacCrae: "What is the dog thinking?" "He's thinking he can around you and get to those sheep.", "He's afraid of that spotty-faced ewe, so he's trying to work the others", "He knows he can get them moving if he buzzes them." Old age makes you forget the basics I guess. Some years ago I met Ian MacMillan at a Scottish Nursery Finals. MacMillan, who makes a living as a sheep farmer trains up one dog a year for the nurseries and sells it on. Ian works and trains from a wheelchair. I have COPD and have trouble breathing. If the shed is difficult I turn blue. So I bethought myself of a dog that can shed to a man ion a wheelchair and went to Scotland to buy one. Jake is a pretty good open dog without a good shed. It dawned on me: I'm not a guy in a wheelchair. What is the dog thinking? Slow to learn, quick to forget I am, yours, Donald McCaig Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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