More Herding Camp Photos!

One of the fun things that I love to do with the images that I capture is to create a video with them.  I have recently discovered Animoto and I love using them to create unique videos.  This one is over 4 minutes long, so it may take awhile to load.  I suggest that you start it and then go grab a beverage to enjoy while you watch the show!! But if you don’t have a lot of time, or your connection is slow, when you click on this link, you will see the letters HQ on the lower right side.  If you click there, you can switch to Low Res and it should load faster…..but the High Res is much nicer!  My connection is probably average and it took about 15 minutes!    ENJOY!!


When you are done with the video, you might want to check out the rest of the images that I took at camp!

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Dog herding sheep

Photography Memories From Fido’s Farm Herding Camp 2010

For the past four years, one of my very favorite weeks has been spent at Fido’s Farm in Olympia, Washington. Every year, this week has been a wonderful learning experience for me and my canine partners!  2010 was no exception.  The four instructors: Chris Soderstrom, Dave Viklund, Karen Child and Elsie Rhodes provided awesome training for dogs and people!  The other teams attending were supportive as well as great fun!  There was much laughter as well as many ‘aha’ moments throughout the week. The setting is gorgeous, the livestock exceptional, food was abundant and tasty and we had the ever supportive Sylvia making sure that everything ran smoothly.  One of my favorite parts of camp is being able to camp in their beautiful field and of course I love the bonfire nights!

Such a setting provides many opportunities for photography, although my main ‘focus’ was on herding. Here are a few images to help tell the story of a wonderful week!

We had the opportunity to herd ducks.  For those who don’t know, there is a course of obstacles that you ultimately want to quietly move the ducks through! It can be quite a challenge at times, but is great fun!

Dog herding ducks at Fido

We did spend most of our time working with sheep.  A young dog is often started in a small pen.

Dog herding sheep at Fido

There is much to learn about the communication with your dog.  Special terms are used to tell the dog what you want it to do, along with the use of body language and for more advanced teams, whistles. It can be very confusing for all involved, but when it finally works, it is such a wondrous feeling!

Dog herding sheep at Fido

…..and getting a really great pen is always time for Celebration!

Dog herding and penning sheep at Fido

We had many opportunities to spend very special time with our wonder K-9 partners.

Brushing Dog

We all made new friends!

Dogs making friends

….and this is why we do what we do…….!!!!!

Dog Herding sheep at Fido

This last image totally portrays the serenity and peacefulness of a handler and her dog in total communication, moving a group of sheep in a relaxed walk-about…..job well done Pat and Woody!

Dog herding sheep at Fido

Oh, and just to prove that I really was at camp, here is one last photo that another camper, Mary Peaslee took of moi and Spyder!

You may view two photo galleries of images from Camp at:

Dancing Dog Event Photography

Click on Dog Event Galleries at the top on the menu bar. There are two different galleries from camp. Please use the contact link if you have any problems.

For those of you who want to see even more………tomorrow I am going to put up a video that I made from several of the photos that I took at camp.

August 5, 2010 - 2:50 pm

Ronna - Looks like you all had a blast. If you literally had a bonfire it was cooler than last summer!

In case you are wondering..

I have been on vacation this month!  I took all three dogs and headed for Colorado. I have seen all of my sibs and most of their families. There have been many wonderful photography opportunities, but not much time to blog.  The photos will just have to wait until August.  My sister, Ronna, grabbed these images!


Herding cattle in Colorado

Debbie and dogs at cow camp cabin in Colorado 2010

Be sure to check out my FaceBook page  below to see sneak peek images from my trip!

July 21, 2010 - 4:40 pm

Erin Potter - Gosh, that is the life!!!

July 23, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Dianna - Columbus ohio wedding photographer - Life really is good! Looks like it was a great trip!