What a beautiful weekend we experienced here at Peaceful Bend! We started out with a concert by Karl & Lukas on Friday night, then went on to our annual Wine & Woof Festival on Saturday. I’ll be sharing a few photos of the Friday night concert later this week, but today I thought I’d share a whole bunch of furry goodness from Saturday’s festival.
Crystal explained that she is now able to move all their cattle and goats easily around the farm with just her horse and three herding dogs. Prior to training her dogs, her family would pull out tractors, four-wheelers, and their hiking boots to try to move their cattle around to different pastures. Plenty of animals would get away, and it often turned into an all-day mess. Now however, Crystal can head out and move a herd quickly and easily with just her three dogs.
Each dog is a different breed with different innate characteristics that Crystal takes advantage of. This is Ember, a Kelpie – her oldest dog. Ember doesn’t let an animal get by her, and is always patient, but sometime she’s a little too patient. Crystal has to push Ember to get a move on the herd.
This is Shade, a hairy mouth heeler, and Crystal’s youngest dog. Shade is fearless and can make even the most ornery cow move somewhere. She’s quite smart, but she can also be too aggressive with smaller stock like baby goats, so Crystal has to keep a close eye on Shade when she’s working or else mayhem can occur.
And finally we have Tag, a border collie, shown here holding the goats. Tag is a dedicated worker and will do anything to please Crystal. But, unfortunately he will sometimes not pay close attention to the herd and has a tendency to let an animal or two get around him and away.
Then it was back to Peaceful Bend to enjoy the music of the ukelele duo, Flea Bitten Dawgs! Dave and Thom played a wide array of music throughout the afternoon, and even brought their own pooches along to enjoy the day.
Lots of folks gathered to learn about how to massage their own dogs. Relaxing your dog not only helps them bond with you, but also helps when you have to do things like give medicine, cut toenails, or other activities that might not be very pleasant for a pooch to sit through.
Do you all remember Julie & Mike? There they are in the big chair with our soon-to-be grand baby! Julie’s due at the end of May, and needless to say, Clyde and I were thrilled to see them out here this weekend.
I want to thank Flint’s Country Store for helping provide several of the door prizes for the contest. A huge thanks to Crystal and everyone at Murphy’s Place for the herding dog demonstration.
Crystal also helped me put together a wine dog obstacle course for attendees to try out during the day. I didn’t get over to take any pictures of the action at the course during the day, but I understand that the obstacles were conquered by dogs and humans alike!
I’d also like to thank Diane Engelsdorfer for the massage workshop, and The Flea Bitten Dawgs for the lovely music.
And a HUGE thank you to everyone who attended the festival and made the event another fun one! I loved meeting you and your pooches – I hope you enjoyed your time here too. Until we meet again – Cheers!