Have you ever had one of those moments with your dog that gives you goosebumps? Chills up your spine - or make you just want to jump up and down and scream WOOHOOOOOO!
Beth had one today, in fact she had six of them.
All the work this week and the hours we spent on the field have paid off.
I have been doing all the things that both Scott and Karen have told me...I have practiced over and over. Beth has had things right from the start. I didn't.
I am finally getting it - how my uncertainty has telegraphed down the stick to Beth. Beth has improved so much I can't believe this is the same dog.
Today I sent Beth on a nice long outrun (150 yards approx). At first I thought she was heading for the gate and was going to quit - then I realized she was flat out hauling arse in a most beautiful wide, almost square outrun. I have never seen her move so fast and confidently. She came up behind the group of 10 lambs approx 20 yards behind them, lifted them smoothly and then brought them in a straight line right to me.
No slicing the top off the flank. No diving into the middle of the flock and scattering them like a bowling ball. Just calm and pretty.
I was sooo happy I almost fainted. I said 'lie down' she did...then before I said "that'll do" I shrieked GOOD GIRL! Beth started doing her wiggly butt and hopped up and down - she knew she did good.
Was this a fluke? Nope...she did it five more times.
I am in Heaven...Beth is laying at my feet right now sound asleep - she is in Heaven too. She had steak for dinner.