- That bark she gets when she was herding sheep at Robin's for her instinct test? She's applying it to other dogs and crows on walks.
- Loss of respect for me coupled with an increased threshold, and an overall "bitchy" attitude.
- More anxious in general.
- More crabby in general.
- More pushy and bossy toward her humans and other dogs (Dolce and JoJo).
- More territorial of the home front.
So Rick and I got in the car and made our drive out to this new place. We had to stop for breakfast at McDonald's, and then again later for gas. But we made it on time for our 9:30 group arrival time.
It's a place in the desert, but it's quite homey and beautifully set in the mountains. It's a modest little house with a big porch, filled with other dogs and their handlers. The owner's dogs were wandering around off-leash, perfectly happy with all the "intruders" being on their property. I kept thinking to myself, "Gosh, I'd love for Zenzi to have this someday..."
|Rick & Zenzi in the waiting area.|
When our first run was finished, I felt like it was exactly what Zenzi needed to vent all her pent up frustration. She's clearly got more of the Australian Cattle Dog herding style with how vocal and nippy she is, than a border collie herding style with lots of eye and stalking. So we went back to the waiting area.
|Zenzi & me after our first run.|
Our second run was after Kristina and her sheltie, Merlin. Shelties have all but had the herding bred out of them for the most part, but luckily for Kristina, Merlin is one of the few exceptions. :)
|Kristina learning handling with Merlin.|
|Zenzi's much more interested in the sheep than the men or off-leash dog behind us.|
When we finished, we hung out and waited to hear from Ted about policies, payment, and registration. Prices are very reasonable, and policy is very agreeable. After looking at this face:
|Happiest Zenzi ever.|
So we headed back home, and will be back next week.
|Zenzi can't wait to go back!|