Friday, May 17, 2013
The Real Thing
This weekend there is a Sheepdog trial. A real one. And we are entered!!!
My dog is not quite trained enough. And I don't have a ton of experience- I've only done it all together in practice two times! But we will have fun, and we will do our best. I mean how awesome is it that we are even close to being ready?!!!
The fantastic thing about this game is that you never really know what you are going to get until you are out on that field. The sheep play the main role. ;) So fingers crossed for a good, calm, sensible set of sheep for our first time.
Regardless of the outcome *the potential for running sheep, a dog who won't stop or listen at a distance, the disaster of driving, and the pen problems we have...*. It is absolutely amazing to think that we have made it this far. I mean, it doesn't seem like that long ago we were struggling to get any distance or shape on her outrun. Lie down was completely optional, and flanks were completely reliant on my body position. We still have MUCH to learn, and practice. But to think that I will be actually standing at a post at a field trial! Very, very cool.
Last year I did the CKC Arena trial- in the Started class, and this past winter the Arena trials and now the real thing. A pretty great progression I'd say! Anyway, I am very excited about the weekend. Seriously Awesome.