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  1. I Have a Future Sheepdog! So Maid went out today to meet with sheep for the first time under the evaluation of Joyce Shephard. Ruth (urge to herd) sorry, I misplaced her last name, was there as well. And a good thing too, as she provided wonderful moral support! Maid did very well. She was in the round pen twice. The first time was a bit rocky. The poor dog has been through so much. She was very nervous at first, not knowing who to turn to. But the second time in she had another dog with her – an experienced dog. And there was an almost audible “click” when she turned on, and the other dog left the pen, and Maid did splendidly. I am not the least bit ashamed to confess that I wept at the change in her. She was a different dog, and set about her work with great enthusiasm. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I did take pictures, but at the request of Joyce, I will not post them. But here is her evaluation sheet: Maid was clearly meant to be a sheepdog and she is now in the market for a sheepdogger in need of a dog to train and work. I cannot give her that, and the transformation that I saw in the round pen today makes it clear that that is what is needed for this dog in order for her to find herself and be happy. My little Sugarfoot had a turn in the pen too. My curiosity got the better of me. She did pretty well for a seven-year-old pet dog who had never seen sheep. But nothing like Maid. She is still my “best dog” though, and I think she had fun. Maid at home in out courtyard.
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