Saturday, January 24, 2009

That Makes A Weird Sort Of Sense

So I was reading an article about German shepherds today and I came across this quote about GSDs and herding: “…and even when you walk them, they will tend to go a little ahead, but keep checking back with you and circling you to make sure your perimeter is secure.” And that’s when the lightening hit. I’d commented a couple of weeks ago about Duncan’s new trick of walking and weaving behind me. It suddenly occurred to me that’s his version of herding me while we walk. The weaving he was doing was exactly like what he does when he’s moving sheep from one point to another. I don’t know that he’s necessarily checking my perimeter, but the result is pretty much the same.

In other news...

Reyna’s been feeling pretty peppy lately, so I thought we’d give a walk a try today. After all, I’ve been working some late hours, including going in to the office today for about 4 hours, and another 5 or so on the schedule for tomorrow, and a really long week coming up. Because I’ve not been home much, she’s been nuttier than usual (hard to believe, I know). Anyway, the three of us started to walk through the neighborhood, but Reyna showed signs of difficulty almost immediately. We turned back towards home, but decided to take the scenic route through the woods. We haven’t been in the woods behind the house in nearly a year, primarily due to Reyna’s condition. She did pretty well, though, and both pups had fun playing in the nasty stinky pond. They didn’t seem to enjoy getting hosed off in the yard quite as much... Reyna’s been a little limpy since we got home, but at least she managed to burn off some energy.


Anonymous said...

Does make sense....Duncan herding you. And probably is keeping an eye out to make sure you are safe! Glad Reyna's peppy and able to burn off nutty energy.

Nana Net said...

Came across your blog when looking for German Shepherds! Wow, you have beautiful ones! I have one who is 7 years old. She too does her own herding of me. :0) Plus is very protective too. I am so glad to have found your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Take care and enjoy your day and your babies.

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