I've had bad afternoon. I took Sam out for her walk after lunch today. We were on the edge of the woods and she was on a 60' leash. She was about 30 feet out when a big bird maybe a turkey flew up right in front of her she dashed into woods after it but hit the end of the leash. Then she doubled back and the leash got caught in the briars. A mess I had to take it off my wrist to unwrap it and she exploded after the bird again. The end of the leash ripped past me so I took a dive into the briars to catch it but I missed by a couple inches. She was gone flat out flying through the stickers and briars like a grey ghost.
It's bow hunting season and the land is not posted so I was really worried that she might take after deer. The neighbors farm next door is woods and pasture with a bunch of barbed wire and electric fences. It's rough in the woods. I plowed through but it was slow going. I spotted her about half hour later but she was 3-400 yards away and running a fence line. I cut across a frozen swamp to cut her off but I just couldn't get through. I know better than to mess with the electric fences.
I had to go about half mile through the woods to get to the road. Then I went over to the second neighbor's farm. They have horses and I was pretty sure Sam would go there. I was worried that she might get to chasing them around.
It took me another half hour to get through the gates and across the first pasture. There were more briars between pastures. This is rough country. I finally found another gate into the back pasture. As I came over a hill I could see all six of the horses gathered in a tight group. I couldn't see Sam but she had to be close by. My boss was driving up the neighbor's driveway and saw Sam with the horses. He said she was just standing there walking side to side not bothering the horses but not letting them go either. He thought it was funny. So he just called her and she came running. He said she jumped through the electric fence never touching the wires. Then into the truck. I don't know how she cleared the fence wires, they are only about 18 inches apart.
It took me a bit to get through the gates but Sam was sitting in the truck like nothing happened. She licked my cheek as I got in.
How can you be mad at your dog when she does this?
It was my fault for not standing on the leash when I untangle it like this. Lesson learned.
I guess the herding training with sheep paid off. We didn't even complete that. Only about 8-10 lessons. Stock dogs just seem to have the instinct. Maybe we'll try it again in the spring. This is the first time she has been with horses and by herself.
Now on to getting all the stickers out of her.