Lowri - LETTERS!! I HAVE LETTERS!!! I am so very good! I went out and earned a PT (Pre-Trial) in two straight runs. I HAVE LETTERS!!! (TM says that is only if AKC agrees)
It was so exciting. I went out with TM today and did a lovely sit stay. As soon as TM told me to "go bye", I charged right over - on a bye, of course. And pushed those sheep very hard. TM only went halfway up the fence-line before stopping everything. She tried and tried to make me stop, but I was too wild. I grabbed a branch and then a leaf. I even talked back. I did a down and then jumped back up. Nothing worked. TM just stood there and told me to "stop". I finally figured out that we weren't going anywhere until I did a full stop and settled down some. Once I did, TM started up again.
When we got to the first panel, I got out of position and two of the sheep took off. One came back immediately, and the other took off for the gate. I went straight after him as fast as I could run. TM saw that I was chasing him into a corner and yelled at me (I can't believe she yelled). I eased out a tiny bit and eased my speed a tiny bit. The sheep recognized that I was back under control and he eased off too. I brought him back and then did a fairly good job through the rest of the course. The judge awarded me a qualifying run and said I was feisty.
My name is now Mockingbird Elyan Magic Moment, PT. I have LETTERS!
Kearney - Chase started off pretty wild. He wouldn't go with TM to the cone. He knew the sheep were going to come out of the gate, and he wanted to start there. Once he went to the cone with TM, he did a pretty good job. He qualified again, won the class and scored an 86. TM was very proud of him.
Then I got to go. I was the only one in my class again. I got a decent draw of sheep and started off. I had trouble again at the Z. I finally figured out what to do and went on and got them penned. From there, I took them toward the cross-drive. I missed again with all three sheep. Then I held them near the 5. I stayed focused on them and listened for TM. I didn't even look around to see where she was, I wanted to make sure those sheep stayed right where they were. TM opened the gate, let the sheep in and we were done.
All three of us Q'ed both days - six Q's. TM was pretty happy with us.