Dog Adventures

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Cloud sky 1

Tucked high in the Eastern Mountains of Utah, Soldier Hollow, home of  the cross country events during the 2002 Olympics, presented this years Sheepdog Championship and Festival.

I’m such a sucker for Dogs of any size and shape– definitely  sheep dogs are ones that tug on my heart.

The event runs over about a 1.5 mile course, where the dogs have 16 minutes to herd 5 sheep down from the top of the mountain meadow to a small pen. The Team exists of a handler (human) and a sheepdog. This year there was 7 countries represented. It was almost poetic how this morning began. There was a quiet hush over the audience as they watched as the dog brought the sheep down. Creeping up on them, stopping quickly or yipping softly to follow his commands. If the handler wanted something a bit different they would whistle — and sure enough the dog would immediately respond.

My rear end was sore from me kicking myself all morning– I had not brought a telephoto lens.

sheepdog 1

See how Cali lay quietly in the crouched position managing her group?

close up 2

A little bit closer look.


That person leaning against that pole was the whistling handler. The weather was perfect… (ok, so I was whining it was too hot but) I can’t imagine how it would’ve turned out had it been a windy or blustery day. I don’t know if the dogs would’ve heard their masters.

herding collage

With balanced timing and motion the team  brought the bleating sheep into the coral!  Under 16 minutes. It really was breath taking.

Blue eyed beaut

I asked this gentleman if I could take a shot of his beautiful dog– he was more than willing and so proud. He told me the relationship they have is so close. They work hours all for one thing– the appreciation and love the master gives his dog.  Look at the smile on this guy! Aren’t his eyes something else??

dog mos RS

 The center photo and this particular dog is obviously not the same– but the trial for all of them was the same.

hearding ducks

There were pups herding ducks.

old guy

And then there was the Splash Dog Event!  This was an old guy — who after watching several of the younger dogs, decided he would just watch and think on younger days when he flew like they did.

super man

This little guy wore a Super man cape, the announcer said it really wasn’t a cape — just a “poop” bag tied to his collar.  🙂 I dunno, he looked like super man to me. 🙂

mid air stop

Look carefully at this wonderful guy– you see his master DIDN’T throw the toy for him, so he just sort of stopped mid way thinking– “oh no! did i forget something?” … and because the toy wasn’t tossed they let him go again!!

black dog

Now thats what I call focus!!

Beeb and Thomas

…with a big ol SPLASH!!!  Look– there is my darling sister and BIL (brother in law) — I think my blog not only makes me more focused on life and finding beauty everywhere, but they are a big part of encouraging me. Today when we were driving up, one of their kids called and asked what they were doing, obviously they were teasing her because … Beeb said, ” ooh I know, I’m getting so adventuous… my middle name is Adventure!” and my BIL said, “yah, kinda like my middle name is Athletic!”

Hedge Hog

This little creature was part of the days recreation for the kids– but I thought he was awesome!! He is an Albino Hedge Hog– now how many of you can say you have had the pleasure of one of these critters up close and personal?

Stop by and visit Mary at Mosaic Monday — and Susan at Met Monday.  Ohhh and yes; its Wednesday already with Susan, from Southern Dreamer. Stop by there and see what other out door adventures others might be having.

Side note: “Thank you Beeb and T for being so good to me– you continue to make me feel so loved and never the 3rd wheel.”

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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September 7, 2009 at 12:21 am | Mosaic | 39 comments


39 responses to “Dog Adventures”

  1. Great post and gorgeous photos!  Loved it!

  2. Riet says:

    Oh my, really fantastic pictures. The dogs caught while they were jumping. All beautiful. Have a nice day, Riet

  3. Claudia, You take the best photos!  So many of those were IN ACTION! Wow!  I heard about the sheep dog event, but have not ever attended.  It looks like I may want to go next year.

  4. Julie says:

    LOVED your post!!! Thanks for sharing your adventure with great pics. Yes, that is a beautiful Aussie . They are amazingly smart dogs, aren’t they?

  5. jeanne says:

    This looks like a great time. What a wonderful experience to share with us! You made it feel like being there.

  6. Karen Cox says:

    Wow!  I love your storytelling in this post and the mosaics are beautiful, but that event really stole my attention.  This is amazing, and the backdrop also amazing. sigh, to live in Utah.
    Claudia, you have Photoshop Elements 6 right?  To create the mosaics I use, just call up your photos into Photoshop.  Then hit the create feature on the right top.  Click Photo collage.  Select the style you want, and click Done.  Ta dah, it automatically gets the photos you have chosen and puts them into nice backgrounds.  Then you upload them to flickr, go onto flickr toys and create whatever style mosaic you want.
    These instruction come with a warning though.  This process is addicting.
    Happy Labor Day and Happy Mosaic Monday. Karen

  7. My girlfriend has a blue merle Aussie that looks very much like that one – just gorgeous. Mine is a huge  Red-Tri Aussie – we just love the breed. My kids and the cat get herded constantly, whether they’re willing or not (usually not).
    Great Mosaic! Looks like a fabulous time.

  8. Jacque fivas says:

    FYI we used to have a hedgehog as a pet.  They are cute, but very boring as pets!  All they do is poop and sleep. And if they get scared, they curl up in a ball and are pokey. We let it out in the yard one day and it crawled under some bushes. They like to dig. We looked and looked but could never find it.  It’s either out having other hedgehog babies, but the pickins are slim, or in hedgehog heaven.  Traumatized the kids for a while–they were always looking for hedgehogs under bushes, but I have to admit, I was not sorry to quit cleaning out the the huge wooden cage that it lived in.  So, they are better in pictures and stories than as pets, I think.

  9. What great photo’s and I am a dog lover to the end. My dog is my best friend. You captured the event beautifully. Love this mosaic and the whole post! Sharon

  10. Joyce says:

    Cute Hedge hog and I thought your post was was so interesting to this city gal:)  thanks for shairing this with me. I am just facinated with different areas of our great country and world.  Adorable dog.

  11. JarieLyn says:

    Claudia, this is the best post ever. I can’t stop smiling. I love the dogs in action shots. They are amazing. You captured the expressions very well, and the body on the black dog when he got to do his do-over, is so detailed. You can just see his lean muscles and how he is stretching. It is so graceful and beautiful. I love all the photos and the events. This must have been the best day ever. Great mosaic.

    Thanks for stopping by my place. : )

  12. m says:

    Oh how fun! And interesting!!!! Those dogs are so amazing…I just love watching them!!!
    m ^..^

  13. Hi, I was just at your site and sent this post about the aussie and the sheep to an 86 year old man who has aussies.  I thought he’d like seeing it.  Also, about Picassa . . . the trouble I’m having it finding my photos in the huge amount to make a collage.  Do you have to put them in a folder on your desktop then go from there??  Thanks.

  14. Linda says:

    This is such a fun mosaic! Your mid-air shots are amazing! Love the dogs here, the hedgehog is adorable. Must have been a wonderful and exciting day spent watching these incredible dogs.

  15. Martha says:

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Great post.  I love the close up of the dog and the hedgehog is too cute!

  16. Kathy says:

    I’m so glad you shared this fun event with us. Your photos are great, especially the albino hedgehog.  Thank you for stopping by.

  17. Puna says:

    Oh my! I loved this post! The dogs are so beautiful and I love to see them work too. Now the albino hedgehog? That’s the first one I’ve ever seen…

  18. Good morning Claudia, thanks for stopping by my blog.  You have captured some amazing dog photos for your post.   I’ve never seen an albino hedgehog but I do have a friend that raises rescued hedgehogs till they are able to fend for themselves.

  19. Alison Gibbs says:

    Thanks for visiting me on Mosaic Monday.
    What a great post. These dogs are amazing and so intelligent. Thanks for sharing the event with us

  20. Fifi Flowers says:

    WOW… thanks for taking us along on a dog adventure!!!

  21. Karen Cox says:

    Claudia, I am the oldest of three girls too, and my dad was in the television for many years at CBS.  Oh, I wish we lived nearby, I am beginning to think that we were separated at birth.
    Wouldn’t that just be the best to meet for coffee.  Except my preference would be Utah, how exciting to live there.  I must say that the minute I visited your blog I knew I would love you.
    Have a lovely evening.

  22. Christine says:

    Your pictures are amazing even without a telephoto lens, CLaudia. Great shot of the superdog!…Christine

  23. pam says:

    What a fun post….I love that old dog just watching…

  24. Kathy says:

    I LOVE this post! Sheepdog trials have always been one of my favorite things to watch, along with lure courses (using trash bags, NOT live lures).  The concentration of the dogs is just amazing, and the bond between dog and handler is such a wonder to behold.  Thank you so much for posting this so that we can all share.  Have a great week.

  25. Mona says:

    I was sure I had been here before but I cannot find my comment. Your blog is wonderful…as is this fantastic post. I used to watch these dogs at the dog park trying to round up….anything…other dogs..whatever. Wonderful animals.
    The tiny hedgehog is so sweet. 🙂

  26. Hi Claudia, What an adventure. I loved this post. I’ve seen this on tv but have never had the opportunity to see it up close and personal. You made me feel as if I was right there. Thanks for the beautiful photos and post. hugs ~lynne~

  27. Jennicillin says:

    Fun mosaic!!  I’ve never been to any sort of sheep hearding event before… looks interesting

  28. Mama Bear says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have always loved how these dogs just naturally have that herding instinct built in. They are very gentle dogs and I love watching them work. Amazing photos.
    Mama Bear

  29. Mary says:

    I loved every minute of your post. Your photos of the day were terrific and the animal shots particularly appealing. Who’d have though there could be an albino hedgehog :-). I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  30. As a dog lover myself, I found this post wonderfully entertaining. Don’t worry about the telephoto lens, I felt I was right there observing from a distance.
    Working dogs are so incredible in what they can do. My old dog? He’s good at napping and politely asking for treats.

  31. Those lovely dogs. I love animals and I love your post. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day,

  32. Brenda Kula says:

    I love anything related to dogs, so this was my cup of tea! Wonderful event!

  33. Roban says:

    I enjoyed my visit here so much! Those action shots you took of the dogs leaping over the water for the toy are amazing! I love the last two of the black dog. That stretch he had…!

    We have a mixed border collie/lab…. She’s a trip! She keeps trying to herd US around and likes to stand on high things to get a good view…. I’m talking the backs of couches, on top of coffee tables…. She needs a handler!

  34. Claudie says:

    Hi Claudia
    We had 2 border collies in B.C. they used to heard the house with the kids inside… too funny.
    Loved you post today… and you. What an adventure for sure.
    Happy OW
    Love Claudie

  35. Teresa says:

    Interesting post and great photos! I have seen a border collie demo once and it was so impressive but nothing compared to all of this.

  36. Lisa Shatzer says:

    What a fun event! I’ve never seen an albino hedgehog before. He is so cute.

  37. sarah says:

    goodness what a fab post and wonderful photos, lurve those dogs

  38. Gabriela says:

    Hello Claudia,
    I am so glad I visited you! Love dogs and these photos are fabulous!
    ~ Gabriela ~

  39. Kate says:

    Oh, Claudia! This is a wonderful post featuring so many interesting things. Thanks so much for coming by my blog today.

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