Herding Sheep

One of our Icelandic Sheepdog puppies, Rás, (rhymes with mouse) now belongs to Diane Bauman, the well-known dog trainer. Diane has just started Rs in herding competition and now Rs may very well be the first ISD to get a herding title in AKC competition. We heard that Rs would be entered in a small competition in New York State where she would get some experience herding sheep and we could compare the ISD style of herding with other breeds.

We just had to see her in action!

Now, you don’t just go out and herd some sheep, willy-nilly! For one thing, they go out in groups of 5 to work with the dogs. That means sorting the larger herd into equal groups.

We got a preview of what the dogs would have to do…

This would be a competition of many different breeds. Diane brought her well-trained Border Collie, Jaq.

Jaq showed us the Border Collie way. Now it was getting time for Rs at another level in the competition. Remember, we had not seen her since she was a puppy!

We thought she did pretty well, but what do we know? We were not at all objective. Diane had to give us the recap.

We were very proud! We’ll keep you posted here on her progress.

For more information about the Icelandic Sheepdog in America, click here for the website of the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America.

How we got Rs is a story in itself.

We met Saevar Leifsson and his wife, Frida Gudmundsdottir, in the United States when they showed up as dinner guests at some friends’ with their 3 young children and an Icelandic sheepdog puppy they had brought over for them. After Sarah had spent a little time with the dog she told Frida that if she ever bred her she would like one of her puppies. A few years later, Frida had one for us: Rn, named after her daughter. Now the sad part. Frida had come down with a brain cancer that outlasted two operations. When we picked the puppy up at their farm in Maryland, Frida asked us to promise to breed Rn so that her bloodline would remain.

Frida is remembered, of course, by us through Rn and her offspring as well as by many others through the Icelandic riding club, which bears her name.

Here Frida is placing Rn for a ride on one of their horses. It has become a tradition with us, too, to put the puppies on our horses so they can get used to each other.

Frida an Rún

After we left the farm we took a break on the highway. Rn decided she liked her new family.

Rún´s lick

A little while later, Frida and the family visited Kristjn and Johanna with the kids before going back to Iceland. They said bless bless (goodbye) to Rn.

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