Ernie had to be a big dog today! I needed to give Mo a break this week, so Ernie and Taff came with me to McCormack Ranch. Ernie's a long way from perfect, but he's an equally long way from the dog he was 12 months ago!
This morning, we pushed ewes and lambs about half a mile up the road onto new feed. Ernie, for the most part, did wonderfully - he even drove sheep (which has always been difficult for him - he wants to get to their heads). Then we helped gather about 450 pairs out of an adjacent field. Again, he did great! This afternoon, we pushed these pairs onto the the new feed, which took about an hour. Ernie wasn't perfect, but neither did he quit! I was quite proud of him. He'll sleep good tonight - I think he finally figured out what the other side of tired looks like!
Taff, on the other hand, shuts down when I have to focus on Ernie. Taff's always been a sulky dog, and it's even more pronounced as he gets older. That said, I'd still be at work (it's 6:15 and dark here) without my dogs. Thanks, boys!