This post doesn’t come with any pictures (sorry), but I just had to share.
Pieka and I had a herding lesson yesterday. Our lessons right now are a little counter-intuitive. Due to Pieka’s young age, we don’t want to put too much pressure on her in “real” herding. Further, as in everything else we do, she needs to build self control. So, our lessons right now consist of me taking a chair, a book, and Pieka into the arena with some stock. Pieka is learning how to relax around stock…she doesn’t always have to be running like her tail is on fire.
This isn’t an easy lesson for Pieka to learn. Yesterday, my instructor Deb and I were sitting side by side as Pieka paced, whined, jumped, bark, and sent me plaintive looks over her shoulder. The sheep just looked at her and sighed. Deb said “You know, some days it is really hard being Pieka. And I think this is one of those days.”
I love it!
(and by the end of the hour, Pieka was starting to get the lesson. We’re going back next week for another hour with more stock.)