Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sweetgrass

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Cowboy has a lot of natural herding instincts and it's fun to watch him
crouch and stalk and work objects at such a young age. He also has fabulous eye contact,
another border collie trait, which is great for taking pictures!

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I don't know much about herding and we don't have sheep, but you never know, maybe someday.
Knowing that we love our dogs and have taken a slight interest in herding, 
my mother in law recommended the documentary, Sweetgrass. Have you seen it? 

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It is a beautiful movie, an unvarnished look at the last time this group of modern day cowboys, 
shepherds really, grazed their sheep for the summer in the vast fertile pastures of the Montana mountains.
Of course they couldn't shepherd 3,000 sheep without their horses and dogs,
border collies for herding and great pyrenees for guarding. It's amazing.
I watched it a second time with the narration of the filmmakers which was equally fascinating.

13 comments:

Chow Lee said...

Great pictures luv! The little man is certainly photogenic.

holly aka golly said...

He looked so cute sitting in the buttercups, I couldn't resist. Birdie, of course, was looking off at the treeline and couldn't be coaxed back for a picture. :)

prettylittlethieves said...

he has such a sweet face!

holly aka golly said...

Thank you, Nancy!

Lisa said...

WOW - the movie looks phenomenal. I love the herding breeds so much... we have an Aussie and a Corgi. Your little guy is too precious for words!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

So incredible. Thank you so much for the links. I miss my border collie girl very much, she used to herd me into the kitchen , in fact everwhere we went, there she was showing us the best way~

holly aka golly said...

Lisa & Julie: It is a great film. A tradition and way of life between man and nature - always a struggle. A fascinating glimpse into their world. The herding breeds are such smart creatures.

annamaria said...

The movie looks totally fascinating and so beautiful!!Thank you for that intro:)
(Your dog is absolutely gorgeous too!)

holly aka golly said...

Annamaria: thanks for stopping by.
I hope you are happily painting!

Jenny Mendes said...

Hard to resist!!! He is adorable!

Anne-Marie said...

Cutest puppy ever!

holly aka golly said...

Thank you!

Maria-Thérèse ~ www.afiori.com said...

Oh my goodness, how can I possibly have been so busy that I've missed this wonderful cutie?!?!