Live, Laugh and Love each and every day.
Hold on tight to your Dreams... and one day...... Those Dreams may in fact, become Realities
it's the right thing to do.
I am not racist, not violent,
Just Not silent anymore.

From Tom & Ruth
Farmer's Puppies for
Don't Ever Sell Your
"Sky Angel Cowboy"
1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2. Memorize your favorite poem.
3. Don't believe all you hear.
4. Don't spend all you have.
5. Don't sleep all you want.
6. When you say, "I love you", mean it.
7. When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.
8. Be engaged at least 6 months before you get married.
9. Believe in love at first sight.
10. Never laugh at anyone's dreams.
11. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's
the only way
to live life completely.
12. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
13. Don't judge people by their relatives.
14. Talk slowly, but think quickly.
15. When someone asks you a question you don't want to
answer, smile and
ask, "why do you want to know?"
16. Remember that great love and great achievements involve
great risk.
17. Call your parents.
18. Say, "God bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
19. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
20. Remember the 3 r's: respect for self; respect for others;
responsibility for all your actions.
21. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
22. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate
steps to correct
23. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in
your voice.
24. Marry a person you love to talk to. As you grow older,
his or her
conversational skills will be as important as any other.
25. Spend some time alone.
26. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
27. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
28. Read more books and watch less tv.
29. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back,
you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
30. Trust in God but lock your car.
31. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all
you can to
create a tranquil, harmonious home.
32. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with a current
situation. Don't
bring up the past.
33. Read between the lines.
34. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
35. Be gentle with the earth.
36. PRAY. There's immeasurable power in it.
37. Never interrupt when you are being flattered. Say, "thank
38. Mind your own business.
39. Don't trust a person who doesn't close his or her eyes
when you kiss them.
40. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
41. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others
while you are
living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
42. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a
stroke of luck.
43. Learn the rules, then break some.
44. Remember that the best relationship is one where your
love for each
other is greater than your need for each other.
45. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order
to get it.
46. Remember that your character is your destiny.
47. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

-- Author Unknown
"Away" / "Away to Me" = Move around (circle) the sheep in an anti-clockwise direction A is
for Away - Anti-clockwise

"Come-Bye"  = Move around (circle) the sheep in a clockwise direction  C is for Come-Bye -

"Get Back" / "Get Out" = The dog is too close, it must keep further out and give the sheep
more room

"In Here" = Move through a gap between sheep to separate them - when shedding. The dog will
then be expected to drive one bunch of the separated sheep away

"Lie Down" = Stop, lie down, slow down or just stand still - but often used to slow the dog
down. Intelligent things Border Collies - good ones can usually tell which the handler means by
the tone of voice

"Look Back" = The dog must leave the sheep it's working and turn around to look for more
sheep. An advanced "look back" can be done in such a way as to indicate to the dog which
direction the new sheep are located

"Stand" = Stand still - the dog must stop but remain on its feet - often used just to slow the
dog's speed or get the dog to allow the sheep to go further ahead of it

"Take Time" = The dog should slow down - usually used when the dog's likely to push the
sheep too hard and therefore panic them

"That'll do" = The dog must stop what it's doing and return directly to the handler

"There" = Stop flanking (circling) and move straight towards the sheep

"Walk Up" / "Walk On" = Move straight towards the sheep in a calm fashion without
spooking them
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10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to
show it.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
13 I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.      Philippians 4:10-13
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the
United States of America, and to the
republic for which it stands, one nation
under God, indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all."

When I was about 3 or 4 years old I had one
of my first lessons on "respect". (a
unspoken lesson)  We were behind the
rodeo stands going to our seats. They started
to said the "Pledge" and Daddy stopped in
his tracks, took his hat off and place it over
his heart (as did all the other folks still
behind the stands). We stood there in that
same spot for the National Anthem & the
prayer. Back in those days there was no one
walking around while this was going on. We
couldn't see a flag and there wasn't a bunch
of people watching you to impress. That's
just what people did back then to show
respect for flag, God & country.
by @@Hatsoff Jack x Alba Nan  -- both dogs (RIP)
Owner/Handler - Jaime Gonzalez
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(these two are litter mates)
MSSDA Cattle Dog Trial - Rose Ranch
Salina, OK
Green Forest Cowboy Church
Benefit Cattle Dog Trial for Cancer
Green Forest, AR
"Open Dog of the Year" (sheep)
by Hatsoff Jack x Hattsoff Jewels
Owner/Handler - Buford Barrett
2017 comes to a close by putting a big smile on our face here at
Oaktree Border Collies.  Three
'Dog of the Year' award winners,
from two different clubs, were produced by Oaktree studs.  
"Open Ranch Dog of the Year" (sheep)
by Hatsoff Jack x Hattsoff Jewels
Owner/Handler - Ruth Hines
"Ranch Dog of the Year" (cattle)
by Roper's Jackson x G/K Elm
Owner/Handler - Ruth Hines
Tom & Ruth Hines
I'm very happy to be able to announce
will be standing 2018 at Oaktree Border Collies
Stud Fee --- $600.00

With-in Sam's first 4
generation you will find.....

Alexander's - GRIZ 5 times.
Guttridge's - HANK 2 times.

Many other well know cattle
dogs and producers.

(limited to 5 approved outside
Mid States Stock Dog Association
Arena Cattle Dog Trial --- HWY 38 Arena
Marshfield, MO
Well we have had better starts to a new trial year but I guess it's like they say "it is what it is" .  We were able to take
DR Sam, Miss T and Kate to the cattle trial at Marshfield, MO.  Ruth is going to try to run DR Sam this year, so we
were mainly wanting to see if she could control him and everything went pretty well.  Miss T , I don't know what her
problem was, but she was a big disappointment.  Kate, I just got her, she is an own daughter of my old Jack dog.  I just
wanted to see how she would handle being away from home.  She did alright, still room for improvement.  This was a
Midstates trial, and as always, Midstates put on a really nice trial.  

It wasn't suppost to snow, but when we left, the snow was coming down pretty good.  By the time we got out of
Marshfield it was a near whiteout.  From Marshfield to west Joplin we saw tons of folks that were off in the ditches.  We
saw cars on their sides, we saw jack-knifed trucks, and we saw some serious wreaks.  PTL we were able to make it home
safely.  We are looking forward to the next trial at Rose Ranch.  
Hopefully the dogs will show better there. tom :)  
CPH Arena Sheep Dog Trial
Owasso, OK
Oaktree Fall Classic SDT
Bartlesville, OK
Oaktree Sooner SDT
Bartlesville, OK
KanOk Cattle Dog Trial
Copan, OK
Sundowner Assoc