Thursday, May 26, 2011

More Festival Fun

One of the best things about fiber festivals (or dog trials) is the new friends I always make.

Dr. Wendy Schmaltz, a veterinarian and stock dog competitor from Alberta, Canada, kindly came up to the fiber festival with her dogs Floss and Gin and did a couple wonderful demonstrations over the weekend.

Her somewhat willing participants, three rams from the University of Kentucky.

"We're gonna do what?!?"

"You're going to do whatever I tell you!"

"Fffpppppttttt!" (Click to biggify. Doesn't it look like that sheep is giving Gin a big raspberry ;-)

"Okay, okay. Lighten up. We were just kidding!"

The best part of the demonstration was when she pulled three kids from the crowd and let them try to herd the sheep around a small course. I was holding the camera. You know, the one with the video function. Sadly...

Thank you Dr. Wendy! I enjoyed meeting you and we are all looking forward to seeing you again next year. Congratulations on making the double lift and finishing 17th overall!


Mary Ann said...

This looks like SO MUCH FUN! What a beautiful day, too!

Alice said...

The "Moving? Call...." on the truck (in the second to last picture) could have "Gin" added on. She knows how to get those UK sheep to get going. Good sports, all of them.

Sarah said...

I love to watch the dogs work sheep. I've never seen it in person, but I bet its even better than on TV!

Anonymous said...

The Kentucky Festival was out first trip to a Fiber Festival and we had a blast! Thanks to all the friendly livestock farmers, my husband and I are now figuring out how we can start our own fiber farm here in Georgia. I'm following your blog to learn all I can learn- and I LOVE you're writing style- it's so engaging!

Thanks again for your positive energy and I hope to some day see you again at a festival!

Robin C.

small farm girl said...

You just love making regret not coming, don't you. lol

Eleanor P said...

Isn't Wendy the greatest? I met her 2 years ago in Ontario and she's the bomb! Glad I could visit the fiber festival through your blog--since I never got a chance to go up there!
Loved seeing you during shearing--I left for NC the next morning and had a good time running my dogs. Back home for a bit now!


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