Orchard Hill English Shepherds
Busta's Tank is Mace's son from his last litter with Hetzner's Mona. He belongs to my friend, Ginger Busta, who lives not too far away from us. He
comes to visit to schmooze with Mace, Ember, Josie, and Mags; and to meet the sheep. At eight months, Tank was very interested in making the
sheep move, in holding them along the fence, gathering them to me, and keeping them in a group. The sheep are very aware of Tank. When he was
two years old, he went to a day of herding lessons with Lynn Leach. He showed a moderate eye, and strong focus on working. Once he learned to
take his eye off the sheep, he and they calmed down, and he did a nice job of fetching, staying in balance to keep the sheep moving toward Lynn or
Ginger. Tank now has his own sheep, and will be continuing his education in stock work.
Tank's primary job is as a companion to his owner, both at home and on trail rides with her horse. He also has recently decided that one of the
house rules should be that the chickens don't belong in the yard. He quietly and calmly moves them out to the driveway or barn yard. At nine
months, he has also been helping move the neighbor's cattle back through the fence when they have escaped. He is happy to help, and happy to
relax when the job is done.
At two years, Tank is as tall as Mace - 22.5 inches at the shoulder. He has heavier bone than Mace, and weighs about 65 pounds. He is a big,
goofy boy - gentle, outgoing, curious, friendly, playful, and shows appropriate prey and play drives. He wants to help Ginger, and looks for
opportunities to do that.
Color: Sable and white
Tank is ESCR and UKC registered.
OFA evaluation has not given clear results. The first set of x-rays showed that his right hip was okay, but were inconclusive on his left hip. OFA
asked for a second set in 4 months. The second set showed the left hip was okay, but the right hip was slightly subluxated. Tank's positioning for
the second x-ray was not very straight, giving a twist to that right hip. Neither x-ray showed any indication of arthritis. Ginger plans to have a
PennHIP evaluation in a year or two.
Tank at 2 years
Tank calming fetching sheep