|Pepper and the kids|
Meanwhile, I've been working Pepper on the sheep as much as I can. She does better with more work- never gets enough, really, like a lot of dogs her age (19 months). She's got the big flanks already, so now I'm working a lot on her walk up and out and her smaller flanks, keeping her tuned into me and thoughtful the whole time. She's a very keen and natural dog- she wants to cover the sheep at all times, but she's getting the walk up too and this week has learned to be steady and stand up close to the sheep without getting excited. I think in the last few sessions we have made huge strides in our teamwork and partnership.
I also got the news that Pepper's breeder, Penny Ewert, has just whelped out a repeat litter of the cross that produced Pepper. They were born March 17 and there are 5 babies: 1 black male, 1 red bi male, 1 blue male, and two red merle females.