Monday, September 14, 2009

Sheep Dogs

I thought I would use Monday to write about a variety of things.

So here goes...

Last Monday (Labor Day) my daughter, Tricia, and I went to the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship. We had a riot! I love dogs. So I was excited to travel to Soldier Hollow and watch those amazing canines at work. And let me tell you, they were truly AMAZING.

We watched as dogs would do their handlers biddings by listening to a whistle. Different whistles would clue the canine as it ran madly up the hill to retrieve the sheep. A dog would make the sheep turn, stop, go farther and etc.. These canines are pros at their craft. What a thrill to see one dog herd sheep this way and that, making them move down a hill, go through certain gates, and stay together. Then the dog had to help its handler sort the sheep--the sheep could not be touched in any way-- and herd them into a small pen. Again...amazing!

But that's not all that's going on at this event. Tricia and I walked farther up the hill and found the Splash Dog competition. Basically what happens: a trainer throws a chew-toy into the water and the dog leaps in after it. The canines are scored on how far they jump before landing in the water. The animals love it.

There was also duck herding, but we missed that. Here's a video that shows what I'm talking about.

Now for a little humor...

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