Sunday, March 22, 2009

Herding Pics

Hunter 'patiently' waiting his turn - yeah right... what is patience?
Hunter gives Ellyn some advice, "Come on, this is how you do it!"
Ellyn figures it out... quickly!Piece of cake mom!
Hunter controls the 'smaller lighter' sheep with ease!
Hunter looks like a cutting horse with those quick turns!
Hunter got the 'heaviest and hardest to move' sheep the second time around since he did so well with helping Ellyn. Man, those sheep were large!

Dotty gets her sheep to move all together!

Get those sheep Beatrys!
All pictures were taken by W. Patten. Thanks so much!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


I think I am about to become addicted to herding.

Both Hunter, Ellyn, Dotty, and Beatrys all passed their HIC and HCT tests today at Ewe-Topia in Roy, WA. I will get pictures up as soon as I have some...

Each dog had 3 sheep to herd in a small corral area. We took the dogs in one at a time, but Dotty and Ellyn needed a little bit of help realizing that yes, their job that day was to chase sheep. So, when Dayl took Dotty in, she also brought in Beatrys who immediately went after the sheep. Once it all clicked in Dotty's head she was on. Same for Ellyn. Ellyn had so much fun the second time around, she didnt want to leave the pen!

Hunter was amazing! He took off after the sheep without me encouraging him, and he stopped when told and did perfect recalls both times. He stayed very focused and didnt wander off to pee on the fence, or eat the sheep poo, or get distracted by the other dogs and people outside the fence (like a lot of the other dogs did).

The dogs got muddy and stinky and had a great time. I have GOT to find someone close to me that herds... I would probably go all the time!

New titles!
Am/Can Ch. Aurigan Dunes National Treasure, HIC HCT
Am/Int Ch. Aurigan Mantle Out Of Thin Air, HIC HCT
Merrymoon Pluperfect Pacifica, HIC HCT
Rememberance El Camino At Dune, HIC HCT

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Herding weekend

I am so excited for my weekend plans! Dayl and I are taking Hunter, Ellyn, Dotty and Beatrys to a herding trial Saturday morning. For those interested here is the website:
Hopefully, we will be successful at obtaining the HIC - Herding Instinct Capability and then the HCT - Herding Capability Tested titles. I think both Hunter and Ellyn will pay attention to the livestock, but if they can work the livestock will be a different story. And I really hope no one eats a sheep, or gets themselves hurt. That would ruin the weekend...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Next Stop, Nationals!

Am/Can Ch. Aurigan Dunes National Treasure

Monday, March 2, 2009

Oh Canada

New AM/CAN Ch. Aurigan Dunes National Treasure!!!

Results for 2-27-09
Hunter WD/BW/BOB/ pulled in group
Ellyn WB/BOS/Best Puppy

Results for 2-28-09
Hunter WD/BOS
Beatrys WB/BW/BOB/Herding Group4/ Herding Group Best Bred By
Phantom RWB/Best Puppy

Results for 03-01-09
Beatrys WB/BOS/Herding Group Best Bred By/ BEST BRED BY IN SHOW!!
Phantom RWB/Best Puppy

Pictures to come as we get them ;) Geez we had a couple good weekends up there...