Your mom (Bluff Country Zodiak) has done a good job of keeping you and your sisters out of the limelight but it's time to introduce you and make it official:
"BLUFF COUNTRY DEJA VU" is being donated to the MSSBA (Midwest Shetland Sheep Breeders Association) Silent Auction at the NASSA (North American Shetland Sheep Breeders Association), Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival(WSWF), in Jefferson, WI., on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008.
Deja Vu is an Hst (Yuglet/Smirslet with two white socks and a white tipped tail), TRIPLET. Her Dam ~ Bluff Country Zodiak has been a VERY prolific ewe for me ~ producing twins or triplets every year with a vast predominance of ewe lambs! Not to mention, LOTS of HST ewe lambs. In fact, I can't remember if Zodiak has ever produced a ram lamb! I'll have to look that up... ;-)
In preparation for the MSSBA show and silent auction, I decided that it's time I corralled Zodiak's lovely girls and began halter lessons. Deja Vu was an enthusiastic pupil!
Since they are always together, I figured I may as well give Vu's sister "Bluff Country Masquerade" a lesson as well. She was equally enthusiastic!
I let Masquerade practice 'standing tied' while I worked with Deja Vu...
Deja Vu has a lovely, intermediate fleece that is VERY soft. She also has little scurs, as do many of my ewe lambs this year. I don't expect them to develop into full horns but they are noticeable little scurs.
Before long, Deja Vu was letting me pick the straw out of her fleece. How DID that get in there??? And standing while I pet her.
In the meantime, Masquerade was patiently standing tied...
When "the look" softens and Deja Vu steps forward and puts her nose to mine, while I scratch both sides of her neck, the first lesson is over.
Well done, my beautiful Deja Vu, well done!