The Great Teacher, Mr. Easy!
“There is a lot more to herding than just working your dog”,
is one of Jerry’s sayings, but Easy showed how herding was done in all the
lessons that he taught Jerry. In turn, Easy has imparted his lessons onto
us either from himself or though Jerry. Easy helped many a dog start to
herd and helped them along the path to be the best herding dog possible.
Easy had a subtle and gentle way of teaching our dogs the art to moving
livestock. He was powerful when he needed to be and guiding when he
needed to be. In his wisdom, he knew when to help and when it wasn't
needed. He showed his way, and when the dog understood he backed off
enough to let the dog succeed on his own. Easy helped my sheltie, Shadow
develop confidence to herd sheep. He showed her how to do it, and she
would follow along till she understood. Once she did, she did it herself,
and Easy stepped back and watched her herd. If she needed his guidance he
was there to help. Easy helped many times in teaching my dog to herd and
his guidance will be missed a great deal. We will continue to learn from
all the lessons that Easy has taught to Jerry and that he passes on to us.
Easy will be missed by all, Jerry, his students, the class dogs, the sheep, and
everyone that Easy touched in his generous lifetime. Thank you Mr. Easy
for all the lessons, you were a great teacher for all of us! I hope we all
continue to learn from you and what you imparted onto your dad, Jerry. You
will be in all our hearts forever.
Ellen, Shadow, and Sparkle