The herding tested dogs started at 9:30 Eastern time and Chase was the very first dog in the arena. The weather was cool, the dog was up (oh, yah — when is this dog not up?). Chase was so happy to see sheep again that he couldn’t hold his stops. However, he didn’t pressure the sheep as much so none of them burst away and required covering. He worked a little better today than he did yesterday. At the end of his run, the judge said to Susan, “I want you to see how good this dog is. Have him take the sheep from cone to cone.” Susan declined. She has a plan for Chase and it does not include giving him the opportunity to go wild during the HT. I guess the judge was a little miffed. However on the test sheet he wrote, “Very nice. Good job!” At the end of the trial, Susan will see if he wants to sign Chase’s autograph book.
So, our boy now can wear HT after his name — a tribute to Susan’s patience, good sense, and mega-experience. His performances yesterday and today piqued the interest of lots of the herders with other breeds. Cardis can do it all — even though they have no legs! And, at least in Chase’s case, they have a blast doing it.
Photos, videos, and scans of the autograph book this evening . . . Good dog, Chase!