Herding at Camp

Okay, I got a sweater on and some Levi’s and now I’m warmer. It’s cool in the shade. It’s 5:38 pm here at camp, dinner is at 6 so I better get done soon! My YouTube video is 90% done, so hopefully that will finish off soon. And here are some more pictures, these from herding. Two of Chase on the sheep and goats, and two of Levi.

These are from Monday. Tuesday we didn’t have a still camera with, but Monday we did. We took more videos on Tuesday and when I get home I’ll load them up. The connection here at camp is too slow to upload. It’s barely enough to get these pictures uploaded.

Chase is loving swimming in the Lake, again, Of course. The waves were really big just now, so I was worried about throwing the toy in too far. He is good and he handles the waves well, but I am afraid he’s going to go under and not come back up.

We have not done much else yet except swim in the lake and herd. I want to do some more obedience this year. Maybe tomorrow. I think the boys are done herding. Levi had a hitch in his step today when herding, and it’s hot for him, and he’s already tired. He could sleep the rest of the week and be happy with it. Chase is not done, not even close, and chases Cor around like a wild child.

Dog Camp Fun

Well, here we are at dog camp. It takes too much time to upload a video to YouTube. I’m trying to do a short one, but it’s slow going. So here is a picture of Chase in the lake. We’ll see how long this takes to upload.

Anyway, camp is a blast. I’m too tired. Herding has been off site this year. We get three trainers and the rings are much bigger. They are awesome trainers. They gave me some great ideas for Levi to bring home and to get him to drive. He was doing good. We even had him out on 20 sheep (ask him, he will tell you there were thousands of sheep) and he did really well. It’s a bit hot for him, though, and so he’s not as enthusiastic as he would be in the cooler weather.

Chase got to herd yesterday, but they think he is more retriever than BC. Still not sure about that, and I’m tempted to get the DNA test on him. But we’ll see how it goes.

Back at home my husband is taking care of all the collies we got in from Houston. He is doing an excellent job. He’s such a great guy, I’m lucky to have him.

I am freezing I need a jacket! The days have been warm, the nights cool, just right!

Getting Titles

Kip had no titles, not even a CGC, and often I wish I would have done so much more with him. He would have had fun doing agility, or obedience, or even flyball.

My four current dogs have titles, and Levi has a ton of titles. I hope the number of titles Chase has will grow and grow.

Why do I like titles, you ask? Well, I actually didn’t really know myself until I read this article over on the Flyball Blog about titles. And I agree with all my heart.

To me, my dogs’ titles are a physical indication of how much time I have spent with my dog. Working, training, bonding, playing, and having fun. The more diverse the titles, the more proud I am that I have given my dogs a happy, healty, active, full life. Obedience, Agility, Herding, Flyball… I am extra proud that Levi is a Versatility Collie. That means the most to me. Because it lets me know that I have spent a lot of time with him doing many diverse things, and he’s good at them too!

So just because people like to get titles doesn’t necessarily mean they are vain, or extremely competitive. Some people just like them to be able to look at all those letters, and have memories of all the wonderful things we did with our dogs. (That’s why my dogs, on the right of this blog, have their titles listed with them.)

Boston Terriers

Maybe I should start a new series of posts about different dog breeds. I love learning about different breeds. My favorite are the herding breeds, but there is one group of dogs that has so many varieties it’s amazing. That’s the terrier group. I have been watching a number of different terriers in agility lately. Up in Blackfoot I was completely impressed by a very fast, accurate, cute and sweet Boston Terrier.

I will admit it, terriers scare me! I was just admitting this to a friend earlier today, as a matter of fact. Oh they don’t scare me like maybe they would bite me or threaten me in any way. Instead they scare me in that they are a handful, and would be a challenge to train. And heck, my border collie is challenge enough for me right now. 🙂 My obedience trainer has often told me that she wants her next dog to be a Boston Terrier. She has Belgian Malinois now. She says she would love to train a different breed of dog, a small dog, to expand her knowledge of dogs.

When looking for information on Boston Terriers, I found a great deal of information on The Dog Guide. I’ll be looking over that site for information about other breeds as well.

Boston Terrier Personalities

Boston Terriers are, first and foremost, terriers. And anyone interesting in buying or adopting a Boston Terrier should realize terriers can be strong willed and stubborn. They are also loving, intelligent, and great companions. I always encourage positive training methods, and Boston Terriers respond best to positive training methods such as clicker training.

Boston Terriers are companions. They are not outdoor dogs or dogs that can be left in a room by themselves. They are not very high energy dogs, but like all breeds they benefit greatly from having things to do, think about, and experience. I don’t see many Bostons in agility. Terriers love to work, and giving them a job, like agility, is a great way to let them learn and grow. Being terriers, a great deal of patience and repetition is needed to encourage them to have fun at dog sports.

Boston Terriers and Health

Boston Terriers have two health issues. First in their eyes. They have large, rather protruding, eyes. The Dog Guide on Boston Terriers recommends that they are never allowed to stick their heads out of a moving vehicle. I advise against this with all dogs, but it’s especially important with Bostons. Their eyes are too exposed and a Boston’s guardian needs to be aware of this.

The Boston Terrier also has a short nose. All short-nosed dogs can have trouble breathing, and Bostons, again, are no exception. Much of the time female Boston’s giving birth must have C-Sections because of the size of the head of their puppies.

Breeding Boston Terriers requires careful research and care, and should not be taken on by anyone who is not a professional, responsible breeder interesting in the betterment of the breed, and willing to do extensive research into the dogs’ genetics.

Boston Terriers as Companions

Boston Terriers are great companion dogs. Being small, they can be apartment dogs that just need walks each day. They also have the potential to be good in dog sports like agility and obedience. Some Boston’s even do weight pulling. They are stout little dogs that love people, and are good with children.

If you are considering a Boston Terrier I hope you will consider rescue. If you see a Boston Terrier in a pet store, he most likely has come from a puppy mill. Boston’s, being small dogs, are more popular as puppy mill dogs. Puppy mills are horrible places where breeding dogs are left in cages and neglected all their lives. Please rescue, or find a reputable breeder.