Czechmate Border Collies
A new addition in January 2015 was a Great Pyrenees, Radar. His job is as a Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) and he lives with the sheep, protecting them from predators. In December 2015, I added a second LGD, Ellie. She is a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd cross. The two dogs have fantastic personalities and make sleeping at night much easier :)
I don't know how I lived without them for 15 years!!
In addition to Border Collies, I also raise Katahdin sheep. I started with a flock of wool sheep in 2000, over the years I have worked to change my flock over to hair sheep by breeding off the wool . . . many of my current sheep can trace their lineage back to that original group of ewes that were used at the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association's fall trial in Platteville WI. The sheep work as lawn mowers as well as to train the dogs for herding.
I hold several AKC herding trials each year for the Northern IL Stock Dog Club and the Heartland Border Collie Club of IL.
Radar and Ellie photos by Megan Harrison