Today was the first of a three part series.....this trial hosted by Ian and Raven Caldicott. To stick with the "fun" theme...they had a Halloween costume competition. Here, Amy C and Shauna W showed their spirit and love of a good time...all the way down to the ruby slippers LIVE Toto in the basket!
The open class at this trial ran on Shetland sheep. Talk about some serious fun!!!! Shetland sheep are known for being reactive, touchy, little beasts that will run, not bunch, and take advantage of any weakness in a dog. People were frisked for concealed weapons before allowed to the post....many of us wanted to shoot one of our group of 5 sheep. Sandy Johnson and Joe SMOKED the course! I was happy with both of my runs. Nell stayed cool-headed under pressure. Her flanks were very clean and she totally "got" how far off she needed to be. Though she did not totally understand the concept of small flanks...she was settling and and giving me great work. She had one older ewe that really did not want to stay with the other four so she had to work and listen to put the run down. Sally had yet another very nice run. She is working so well with me right now....very supple and best of all a great teammate. Both runs certainly challenged me to step up my sheep reading and handling skills!
The pro novice ran on the home flock of Scotties.....I decided to not run Bella...she is close but not quiet ready.
|Jo F's young dog does a great job on the pro novice course|
I also wanted to clarify something here regarding my last Soapbox post. In the comment section a friend mentioned "rerun". My clarification is....the post was really about how we, as handlers show kindness to each other. I also think kindness is extended not through rules or overseen by a governing body....but instead is based on putting relationships ahead of self serving actions. Thanks for all the great mind expanding discussion......change starts with a thought and continues with action. Maybe I am more sensitive on the heals of news about a friend's struggle with cancer.....it is good to keep perspective!