We got back yesterday afternoon from a whirlwind, activity-filled 4 days down south. Lots of driving, thankfully I didn't have to do it!! Thanks Dave ♥!! Lots of rain on Saturday and Sunday, but Monday and Tuesday were nice. The biggest and most exciting event was taking Duffy to the No Chicken Ranch near Okotoks, for his Herding Instinct Certification test on Sunday. The wind was blowing fiercely, the rain fell off and on. Duffy was over the top excited--all the different smells, what was going on!!!??? The tester, Jerry, first told me to stay out of the pen and he would see how Duffy would do. Duffy stayed by the gate, trying to get back to Dave and I!! Okay, I had to go into the pen. Duffy sniffed around the fence, Jerry told me to call him. I did and then Duffy saw the sheep!! Whoo Hoo!! Then he got down to business!! I am so proud of him!!! He'd cut out a sheep and then regroup them, he changed directions really well, and he has great speed. He slipped in the mud once--poor guy, but got up and carried on. He was marked as 'a little distracted' and 'lacks power'. In herding terminology 'power' refers to the dog's self-confidence, the influence the dog's presence has on the stock. Those are things that will change with more experience. But I think he would like to run around with sheep everyday!!
Get her Duffy!!
The official certificate!! Hooray for the Duffster!!