We are home from our journey across the mountains to Idaho where we spent Thanksgiving with Dianne & friends.
I am beyond exhausted.
While in Idaho we participated in the Gem State Herding AHBA trial that Dianne judged on Saturday. This was a new experience for me, completely different from a USBCHA border collie trial - but fun none the less. I am proud to say that both of my girls (Beth & Brynn) earned titles this weekend (2 qualifying scores on different courses/different judges). On Saturday Beth placed first, Brynn third. Sunday Brynn placed first and Beth placed second.
They both titled in HRD (Ranch dog) Level II.
This is the best venue for Beth. She prefers to be close to me. I believe Bonnie could even do this type of trial, at least the JRD (junior ranch dog) or even Level I later. All in all, the trial was a good experience. Most significantly, it showed the HUGE arse gaps in my handling skills & where we need work.
I am proud of my girls.
Brynn was not proud of me, she thinks I need to learn how to handle a gate correctly & trust her - then she could actually do her job.
Brynn doesnt care about any of that anymore. She has a new love.
My little pup Brynn has grown into a doting auntie. She has appointed herself as the puppy nanny and is taking her job seriously, indeed.
Say hello to her new charge, Orchard Run Bea. (Bett x Riggs)
Bea came home with us from Dianne's place.
She is a happy, confident, well adjusted & socialized puppy.
The entire litter was special. They litter spent their first month in the x-pen set up in Dianne's kitchen/dining area. Dianne's kids, Paxton & Kelton loved on the puppies daily. They were all exposed to kitchen & household noises & many different people.
Bea already comes when called.
Dianne started calling her Ba-Bea - so she knows her name...a little. If I want her to run to me immediately I just say "pup, pup, pup" like Dianne did and she zips right back.
She has the cutest little sit.
She is definately related to her daddy, Riggs. As you can tell from the tongue...
Bea wonders what the white stuff is...
I am wondering when I will have a full night of sleep again.
Someday soon she will sleep through the whole night. Till then I will be a zombie in love with puppy breath.
Mohawk Valley Sheepdog Trial 26 June 2015
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