Bob and his dog Belle's preparation for and journey to the National Sheepdog Nursery Finals
Friday, August 19, 2011
Maiden Grass Plumes in Bloom in the midst of drought conditions.
Why does it bloom and it's cousin a few feet away not?
If I said you were pretty as a pumpkin blossom would you feel pretty.
Some dogs point birds some dogs point punkins.
I am excited. All the prep on my place has still not prepared me for a field as large as I expect to see at the nursery finals. I expect it to be at least 350 yards and more likely about 400 yards. On my place the biggest outrun I can do is really about 250 yards. I could do longer before we put in the big pond, but not now. Tomorrow I am going over to a friends place. His field is so long you can see the curvature of the earth. Well, almost. If I can't stretch her there, I won't stretch her anywhere. Wish me luck. I think she will do it without any trouble. What's the saying? If they're right up close they'll be right afar? Maybe.
She's doing fine so far. Flanking well, not perfect, but well. Pace is coming along nicely. Listens. Sometimes she tunes me out but not often. We are getting used to each other. I will have had her for two months before the finals and believe me it's not too much time. I am not a handler that can just grab up and dog and run it. Some can.
I thought you would enjoy our blooming pluming maiden grass. Each year regardless of moisture, she gives us a show. We don't water her except maybe a little early on. Next to her are more plantings. Notice the brown color. That's the normal hue when we're this hot and dry. So tell me, what's the deal with the pretty one? I'm thinking there must be some sub,surface moisture she's found. Beats me but she's pretty.
The pumpkins have survived a month of over 100 and are now putting on blooms. If every bloom is a pumpkin in prospect, look out, I'll be hallo weening everywhere with my punkins. A pumpkin bloom is not in poetry. Roses are. Roses are supposed to be synonymous with beauty. But they have nothing on a pumpkin blossom. Belle agrees.