The Shadowdance Blog…

sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, occasionally irreverent, mostly honest.

A collection of ramblings on my life with working dogs, livestock, and a creative brain.

“And so I write. I write my life. I write to escape real life. I write to live moments over again. I write to rewrite the moments I’ve lived over in a way that makes more sense to me. I write the moments to heal. I write the moments I hope never happen. And I write the moments I hope will happen.”
― R.B. O'Brien

Jig’s Journey ~ The Start of New Year
01/12/2016

Happy 2016. Winter has finally decided to settle in, meaning there isn’t a whole lot of training I can do right now. The ground is frozen…

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My Version of… He Was Just a Dog
11/28/2015

It will hit you at the weirdest times, surrounded by friends and family, surrounded by laughter and good times, and you’ll catch yourself thinking, gods,…

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Jig’s Journey ~ 2015 ASCA Nationals Wrap-up
10/20/2015

I made it home Friday afternoon and I’m still trying to get back into the swing of my usual routine. That’s always hard after an extended vacation. Triply…

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Jig’s Journey ~ 2015 ASCA Nationals Part 2
10/14/2015

First, a huge thank you to everyone for the well-wishes, kind thoughts, and memories about Quinn. Today was better than yesterday, but going home is…

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Farewell to a Piece of My Heart and Jig’s Journey ~ 2015 ASCA Nationals Part 1
10/13/2015

This is a tough Nationals for me and I nearly didn’t make the trip. On the Tuesday before we were to leave, Quinn got sick.…

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Jig’s Journey ~ Lamb Antics and Keeping Ones Mouth Shut
09/30/2015

I began my previous post with this: I’ve come to the conclusion that trialing Jig is a lot like handling some highly explosive chemical. It’s…

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Jig’s Journey ~ RRVASC Trial
09/21/2015

I’ve come to the conclusion that trialing Jig is a lot like handling some highly explosive chemical. It’s certainly exciting, as long as you don’t…

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Jig’s Journey ~ Cow Camp
07/30/2015

When the opportunity to attend a Larry Painter Cow Camp presented itself, I jumped at it. Jig loves cows but rarely sees them. That makes…

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