• http://www.myspace.com/kiminchrg kiminchrg

    I was gonna mention the flick “Black Sheep”… which with all my horror movie watching – i can not bring myself to watch. (not of fear – of the “i know it’s gonna be stupid” factor – though maybe it will be like “Showgirls” – so bad it’s great!)… but then i noticed others already mentioned it. Oh well…

    You need to come back and visit Memphis! (Not that there’s really any reason you would.. but I wouldn’t mind seeing some old high school friends.)

    Stay well.

  • http://catutes.blogspot.com/ Catootes

    Our Border Collie herds the kids and stares down any ball that moves in our house as if it were an active live thing she has to keep penned. She probably wishes we live in Utah. I understand your glee.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • RD

    can you tell all of us, publicly, who won the wiis? thanks.

  • murphy

    Yup, brilliantly described. I have Aussies myself, and years ago (1998?) I took my girl Murphy (my internet name is in her honor) to a sheep herding clinic. I’ll never forget when it clicked in her brain that she could move the sheep. She LOVED it! Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to do it again (it’s either a lack of time or a lack of money), and she passed away in her sleep this year at the ripe old age of 15 and almost 1/2. But that moment is in my brain like it happened last week. It’s so cool

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.janetnelson.net Janet

    If you could teach Coco to knit and weave, I think you might have a good plan there.

  • Traci in GA

    I am laughing out loud! I knew the Coco with the sheep story would be great. As the owner of a Shetland Sheepdog I sooo understand. But can’t say I have every chased sheep myself…

  • Amy

    There’s ALREADY a movie about scary sheep: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330175/#comment – too funny!

  • http://www.ceescowtown.blogspot.com carolyn

    Oh wonderful! Thank you, I totally needed this excellent story. Now I can call it a day, with a smile on my face… and the image of you herding sheep! =)

  • http://nickamandaandshelbie.blogspot.com/ Amanda K

    OMG I laughed so hard about this! Cute Coco reminds me of my little Shelbie, so damn annoying but to damn cute to not love. Shelbie is supposed to have hearding in her genes but I have the feeling somehow they skipped her and I am not willing to go around slapping a sheeps ass to find out ha ha. Good for you, sacrificing for Coco’s sake.

  • http://www.issascrazyworld.blogspot.com/ Issa

    To Coco, you, Leta, Jon and possibly even Chuck are her sheep. Mine walks around the house in circles just checking on us all dam day. Makes her crazy that we don’t all just stay in the same dam room.

    I’ve always wondered what Lilith would do with sheep.

  • http://forwhatitswirth.blogspot.com/ Katie

    The thought of Jon recounting the story to his friends is almost funnier than the actual story. Priceless

  • Elsie

    ROTFL!!!! Thanks for the laugh and visual!! I think I may smile at this one all day!

  • Kim

    It is one of life’s greatest shames that Jon did not capture that scene on video, though don’t think that kept me from laughing until I cried anyway! You’re a sport for having done that. I would’ve REFUSED.

  • http://ferociousalyce.blogspot.com/ Alyce

    At the very least, you can watch the trailer here: http://www.blacksheep-themovie.com/

  • Anonymous


    I just had to share that I sympathize with the anal gland thing – I work at a vet clinic and all it takes is s mall fright for some dogs to become keenly aware of their anal glands ;) .

    Good for Coco – sounds fun!

  • http://bkimrey1.wordpress.com berit

    I swear, I’m laughing so hard people are starting to ‘prarie dog’ here at work over the tops of the cubes.

    I don’t know if it’s the simultaneous weeping or shortness of breath that has them confused.

  • Brian

    Please oh, PLEASE in the name of Joseph Smith, the Nauvoo temple and the 12 year old boys carrying the sacrament, please put out a calendar next year of nothing but you wearing Disney Princess diapers.

    On your head, as a bikini, as your temple garments whilst being babtized, I don’t care I just want that as a Christmas gift for all of my beloved family members.

  • the niffer

    God, woman, you are funny.

  • kate

    My ex boyfriend’s mom had a collie. She’d FREAK OUT if we weren’t all in the same room and she’d try and push us all into a little herd. I could never figure out where she learned this as this all took place on Staten freakin’ Island. Blood will out, I guess!
    Unrelated to the sheep but related to bee sting Tweet: I got stung by a yellowjacket last Friday. The damn thing still itches. But, I learned a valuable lesson: If it was a bee, use something basic/alkali (epsom salts) to soothe it. If a wasp/yellowjacket/hornet use something acidic (vinegar, lemon juice, etc….)

  • http://limlo.wordpress.com Lindsay

    Heather, I have to tell you… There IS a movie about vindictive sheep! It’s awful and hilarious and you should rent it immediately. The title is: Black Sheep (no, not will David Spade, it’s the other one). It’s set in New Zealand.

    Oh, and the sheep are vicious.

  • Alayna

    Laughed so hard I cried. Thanks for that.

  • http://limlo.wordpress.com Lindsay

    PS: not *will* David Spade = not with David Spade. Gah.

  • Erin

    Crying, CRYING with laughter. And off to bed. You truly rule.

  • Erin

    I wish we had sheep when I was kid. Then maybe our insane sheltie I had as a young girl (who was probably reincarnated as Coco) wouldn’t have burned holes in the rug from running in circles or maybe wouldn’t have shattered the sliding glass door (completely unharmed). It’s amazing to see what they were born to do, and even more sad to see them when they’re kept from it. Thanks for your post – I had a terrific laugh. : )

  • Amy

    It is a sad testament to my emotional unstability that through this awesome post all I could think was “ohhhhh – it is so sad that Coco is going to be so happy and then never get to do this again.” My glass is half-empty the part that is left is cruddy water, not beer!!!

  • Kathy

    And is there not video evidence of Heather chasing sheep and slapping said sheep’s asses for the internet to witness????

  • CJ

    Dang, that was funny. But have you ever seen sheep balls? I kid you not – they are MASSIVE. (I’ve been to the Iowa State Fair).

  • Alison

    Heather, never move to NZ. The sheer (haha i’m so funny) number of sheep would give you a heart attack.

  • http://jasonleahrun.blogspot.com LeahC

    Laughing so hard at the situation of sheep ass slapping. Great great post. Glad the dog got it in the end :-)

  • http://www.elygerbin.blogspot.com Ely

    So that photo of Chuck balancing a beer on his head? Hilarious. But what makes it that much funnier is the title. I go to the University of Wisconsin and something tells me that later this weekend I’m going to get my roommates to balance beer bottles on our heads. Then we’ll take pictures. It’ll be epic.

    Thanks for making me laugh on a super shitty day filled with studying.

  • Katie

    This has to be the BEST.POST.EVER.

  • Anonymous

    OMG I think I just pee’d a little…..that was freakin hilarious…I could just see you slapping the wool……too funny….thanks for making my day..

  • http://www.mcdonald-media.com #99

    So….what about Chuck?
    Did he get treats when you all got home?

    Certainly hope so!

    Go Coco!
    Go Leta!
    Go Heather!
    Jon, you and Chuck might have to have a boys night out!

  • janet jackson

    oh my god i love you.
    thank you for making me laugh so much.
    best. writer. ever.

  • http://www.fpfam.blogspot.com Jan

    I need to know where you took her. Please?!?! We have a crazy sheep dog who needs to chase something too.

  • http://www.madkata.blogspot.com Madley

    Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you and Coco. I always promised my Shetland Sheepdog, Tyler Gable Katarungan that someday I would get him a sheep to chase so he could be a REAL dog someday, and not an L.A. apartment-bound, only-knows-the-dogpark kind of pup. But alas… it never happened and he’s gone now. So happy days with Coco — it was great reading (and seeing previous pix :) — thanks!

  • http://notjustsurviving.wordpress.com/ melomania

    Congratulations on raising a nerd! That’s fantastic!

    Since it’s too late and you’ve already admitted to the Internet that you’ve chased sheep and slapped their asses, I think we deserve to see a video. What could it hurt?

  • http://www.kimbanelson.com Kimba

    It hurts to laugh when I’m this pregnant, but it was SO WORTH IT. The image of you slapping sheep in a Disney Princess diaper? Fabulous. We’ve got an Aussie (not a mini which would be SO NICE in our tiny rented home) and I would love to see him get to do something like this. My husband got him in Delta, UT (yup, born and raised in Bountiful, both of us) and we’ve always wanted to take him back and watch him do his thing.

  • Emily

    For some reason, in my mind’s picture of you herding the sheep, you had a purse. Like a canvas tote bag purse type thing. It was distracting.

  • Carolyn

    Damn I love it when dogs just instinctively do Dog things. I’m actually glad there isn’t any video cause I would likely get some secondary embarrassment.

    And I’m not sure if anyone else said this, but sheep are dumb as a box of hammers (after all the time spent butting each other), and would hurt your silly self if they decided to butt you. So, if they should start looking at you, and backing up, then it’s time to run. (Though the thought of you being chased by a sheep, being chased by Coco, is damn funny, and would require video…)

  • http://donthegeek.blogspot.com Don


    It’s stories like these that keep me coming back. You’re like the crazy sister I never had. Well, scratch that, I already have three, but you’d fit right in!

  • http://www.alittlecharacter.etsy.com Tracey

    There are classes for dogs? That don’t involve sitting or fetching…that’s kind of cool actually. I want my cats to take a class too! I’m all for continuing education, maybe they could learn under-water welding. I hear there’s good money in that…

  • Anonymous

    Baaa ram uuuuu Baaa ram uuuuu
    to your flock your kin be truuuu
    baaa raaam uuuu

    that should have done it.

  • Aimless

    I am laughing so hard I am crying!! I sooo wich there was video of the ass slapping with high pitched ‘Cocoooo’ howl.

  • Heather

    Love it! I hope coco appreciates you! Thanks so much for the laugh it came at just the right time!

  • JeanMarie

    Re the horror movie idea: You should totally watch Black Sheep. It’s a movie from New Zealand about homicidal sheep (for real).
    You’re probably glad I’m telling you this now- after you’ve dealth with the scariness that is sheep.

  • Anonymous

    Are you ever going to post the Wii winners?

  • http://www.iareawriter.blogspot.com wendy+

    For the record: I have been reading (and enjoying) this blog for two years. I don’t think I’ve ever commented. But still. For two years I have been, silently, to myself, giggling (also, I’ve been cheerleading, supporting, and loving it, all to myself). But. Heather. Today. This night. After only one glass of wine and on plenty of sleep. . . Tonight I laughed. Out loud. Often.

    I’m so happy that I might just have that second glass. Thank you.

  • JeanMarie

    Okay now I feel like an idiot cos I commented before reading the comments and then when I read the comments I realised just how many people beat me to the Black Sheep reference. Dammit.

  • http://goatygoat.squarespace.com Lana

    I used to live with a boyfriend and his herding dog, who had The Crazy. To cope with a solid lack of sheep to herd, he went and bought her a dozen soccer balls, dumped them in the yard, and that dog herded those balls around the yard for hours on end.

    It nipped The Crazy right in the bud, let me tell you.