Rex kicked off the New Year in style, completing his Gamblers Master and earning his ADCH on the first run of 2017! It's been such a fun journey with my unlikely agility champion. When I bought Rex, I was pretty much turning my interest from agility to herding and he was to be my herding superstar. Rex also has a bit of a hitch in his giddyup, so I wasn't sure if he could do agility at any type of competitive level anyway.
Our herding partnership soon had us at odds, as he is a strong, pushy, independent dog with not a lot of interest in the beauty of the team. Out of frustration, I taught him to weave over the course of a week, just because I wanted us to do something together LOL! We had so much fun doing that, I figured I might as well train him up on the equipment, as a back-up plan in case he washed out of herding.
And while he didn't wash out (he competed at the Bluegrass a couple of times, the Calgary Stampede multiple times, the CBCA champs and USBCHA finals), we continued doing agility. He has run on the Open field of the Bluegrass one weekend and then flown home and competed at the agility regionals the following weekend. It was like his little vacation from herding, and his demeanour in agility is completely different than on sheep. He is happy, silly, and oh so very loud.
Rex could not have designed a better gamble. We have had this set up in the yard for probably 5 years now. And hey, if you can't bust out your running dogwalk on your ADCH run, then when can you. My coach is doing the video, and I love her little breathless "YES!" when Rex went in the tunnel without a long discussion. Running dogwalks are easy, tunnels on the line are hard!!!
I am so proud of my little sheepdog. We're going to keep doing agility, but at P16" now. We said goodbye to 22" in style.
ADCH ATChC Rex TM-Silver PEL (professional eyeball licker)