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This is the first time I've tried to take photos while working the sheep. I didn't get run over, though I definitely put my knee into something squishy more than once.

Lou holding the sheep off the gate:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/lou/DSC_8787.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/lou/DSC_8789.jpg[/img]

Fetching the sheep, and no, I didn't get run over:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/lou/DSC_8794.jpg[/img]

Taking his flank:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/lou/DSC_8842.jpg[/img]

Navigating through the tall grass:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/lou/DSC_8845.jpg[/img]

And renewing his rivalry with the dreaded Black Head, the most uncooperative sheep of the bunch:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/lou/DSC_8796.jpg[/img]

The happiest dog in the world:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/lou/DSC_8807.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/lou/DSC_8853.jpg[/img]

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And we can't forget the biscuit eaters!

Another Kicking Bear photo:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/bear/DSC_8847.jpg[/img]

Hey Wick!
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/wick/DSC_8828.jpg[/img]

Wanna work sheep?
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/wick/DSC_8830.jpg[/img]

The boys holding paws:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/bear/DSC_8824.jpg[/img]

The Three Muskateers (Bear is getting concerned about the extended paw-holding):
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/bear/DSC_8825.jpg[/img]

Bear is leaving:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/bear/DSC_8826.jpg[/img]

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Always love to see working Lou photos! :rolleyes: to Bear - no self-respecting aussie would take that mushy thing for long.

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These shots are great! Lou looks terrific! Though I don't know how you guys can work your dogs and take pics at the same time. Do you not have [i]any[/i] holes in your pastures???

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[quote name='muggs' post='156858' date='Jun 24 2007, 01:28 PM']:rolleyes: to Bear - no self-respecting aussie would take that mushy thing for long.[/quote]
Well, Bear is pretty open-minded, but prolonged paw holding? I mean, come on, what would the ladies think?

And Laurae, this field is surprisingly bereft of holes. In fact, it is just about the nicest field I've ever worked. And though I wish it were, it's not mine, it's where we go every Saturday that we can to work sheep. Still waiting for just the right property for us ... sigh ...

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[quote]The Three Muskateers (Bear is getting concerned about the extended paw-holding):[/quote]

Hahaha! that cracked me up. Great pics!

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Lovely shots. I laughed at Wick's "Please no sheep for me" face, and at Bear's worried look at Lou's paw: "Hold it, pal. Just what do you think you're doing holding my paw?! I have a reputation to protect. Plus there's this paparazzi woman following us all the time, just in hope she can post an embarassing shot all over the internet. I'm telling you. That's what she does when she's not feeding us or playing with us.... Trust me on this one, I've been through a few things in my life, kid..."

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Great pictures -- even more so because you were trying to work while taking them. Lou is a cool dog, loved seeing him in action.

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[quote name='Anda' post='156911' date='Jun 24 2007, 05:14 PM']Lovely shots. I laughed at Wick's "Please no sheep for me" face...[/quote]
Isn't that pathetic? She's bombing around, having a good time on "her" side of the fence, and then I dare to suggest that she tries to work sheep? "I don't DO sheep, lady. I am a sport collie, designed for maximum speed and barkiness. You have confused me with my slower, more biddable roommates." :rolleyes:

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I bet Bear is your favorite companion. Just guessing.

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Really nice shots! I tried my hand at videoing while working June on Sunday... uh... not pretty. I guess a reliable stop would have been helpful. lol Lou looks great, Bear is a ham, and Wick - cracks me up.

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I love happy face dogs.

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[quote name='Bo Peep' post='157042' date='Jun 25 2007, 02:00 AM']I bet Bear is your favorite companion. Just guessing.[/quote]
:rolleyes: Is it that obvious?

Yes, Bear is my favourite, partly because everyone else seems firmly divided between loving Wick and loving Lou, but mostly because Bear is the dog that has always done whatever I've asked him to try. He isn't flashy, or speedy, he whines alot, sleeps alot, always wants to be petted, and drools on you if you're eating. But he is my once-in-a-lifetime dog, the easiest dog to train, the best foot warmer, and an all-around cool dude. <end sappy tribute to big black dog>

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Those are great shots. Bear looks like a real charmer for sure but the look on Wick's face is priceless :rolleyes:

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[quote name='airbear' post='157186' date='Jun 25 2007, 10:29 AM']:rolleyes: Is it that obvious?

Yes, Bear is my favourite, partly because everyone else seems firmly divided between loving Wick and loving Lou, but mostly because Bear is the dog that has always done whatever I've asked him to try. He isn't flashy, or speedy, he whines alot, sleeps alot, always wants to be petted, and drools on you if you're eating. But he is my once-in-a-lifetime dog, the easiest dog to train, the best foot warmer, and an all-around cool dude. <end sappy tribute to big black dog>[/quote]

Bear sounds like my Boone......(albeit Hailey is my little musketeer)....

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Great shots. Like the first one with the sheep looking over it's shoulder at you like, PAY ATTENTION!!! What are you doing back there, there is a wolf at the gate!!! (and what a handsome wolf at that!) All great pics, but the no sheep for me set is so sweet!

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[quote name='Bindi Mom' post='157348' date='Jun 25 2007, 05:11 PM']What great pictures! I love smiling dogs. One question: do the dogs bark while working sheep or are they quiet?[/quote]
Lou doesn't bark while working (in fact, Lou doesn't bark at all), nor do any of the border collies that I've seen work. Now Bear (my aussie) will bark occassionally when working, but it's just one "WOOF", usually as he buzzes the sheep. It's kinda like he's yelling "I'll be back!!!".

(rummages through Photobucket for picture of Bear barking while working...) Ah yes, here we go:
[img]http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b173/voteforbear/bear/bear6.jpg[/img]

I haven't seen very many aussies work, so I can't say if they are barky or not. Also, Bear is not a particularly talented sheepdog, so I certainly am not holding him up as the gold standard of the working aussie. But I think he's really cool. :rolleyes:

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