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There were a few days with low humidity and temps topping out at 90.  A very brief glimpse of our upcoming fall weather.  That can only mean trial season is around the corner!  I will be at Penn Y Caerau and Linden Hollow this fall.  I hope to get up to check out Black Prong as well.  They burst on the scene last spring and look to be a wonderful addition to our herding adventures.   Check them out here Black Prong.  Make sure you check their events calendar!
Looking forward to the cooler weather.

Happy Training and we’ll see you at the Trials!

Spring herding season is almost upon us.  We are not entered in the trials at Linden Hollow but we will be there all 3 days (2 days of AKC and 1 of AHBA).  Come on down and say Hello!

The very next weekend we are entered in the AKC Trials at Penn Y Caerau.  Tana will be in advanced and Ao Lani will be in Intermediate.  Hoping to get her Intermediate title so both dogs will be in the same class!  So much easier to find help if I’m only missing a single class.  🙂

At this point we are planning on going up to Hado Bar in Nova, Ohio in June and possibly one to Keepstone Farm in Berryville, VA as well.  Fingers crossed it works out.

If you want to say Hi I should be easy to spot this year.  My hair is a fantastic mix of Purple, Teal, and Magenta!!

I see it has been almost a year since I updated my blog.  I want to apologize for that.  I honestly thought I had written a couple of entries in the spring and summer!

I’ve cleaned and updated the site and added some more recent videos to the gallery.  Please check them out.

Even though I’ve been pretty busy most of my recent clients have wanted their runs on DVD.  In fact I recently finished my 2 longest DVD’s.  The first was 68 runs over 3 shows in 4 locations and 2 states!  The second was 70 runs over the same time frame.

We went up to Virginia for the Sheltie National back in April.  The Blue Ridge Herding Association sponsored a trial the day before our National.  It was so fun to see Shelties from the Midwest and Eastern regions.  The BRHA trial included cattle as well.  Always so fascinating to watch.  I was able to record several new clients, but most wanted either a DVD or their run to remain “private”.  An option I’m happy to offer, but sad that you can’t see these wonderful dogs work.

From Keepstone Farm in Berryville we traveled down to Fredericksburg and the Agility, Rally, and Obedience Events at the National.  I was reminded just how much fun Agility is. What a wonderful communal sport it, so many friends, all happy to see everyone else succeed.  I also got to watch a little Rally.  I had never seen that and it was quite confusing and illuminating at the same time.  I did catch a few runs in the Obedience Ring as well.

We returned to Orlando for a few weeks and then, once again, for our 3rd year in a row, we made our way to Nova, Ohio and the Cleveland Shetland Sheepdog Club’s Spring Trial.  Held in memory of Jean Clodwick, a wonderful woman who lost her life to breast cancer.  I had the extreme good fortune to not only call her friend but to also have one of her dogs.  My Bard (Trinity the Play’s the Thing PT OA OAJ) is from the penultimate litter that she bred.  Another of my dogs, Tana (Cobalt Trinity Qatsina PT HSAs HIAs HXAs HRDIs HTDIs). is from Trinity lines as well.  He is also Bard’s nephew.

When we returned from Ohio my work schedule exploded into chaos and I’ve been on the go ever since.

Liam has been in his “furever” home for a while and is thriving with the undivided attention and love of his new owners.  I miss the guy but it was the right thing to do!  Please, if you find it in your heart, become a foster.  It is one of the best things you will ever do.

Finally, Tana, Ao Lani, who is celebrating her 4th Birthday today, and I are all more than ready for the cooler weather and the fall trial season to begin.

We hope to see you on the field very soon!


sorry for not posting anything recently but my life has been a tad crazy lately.  Looking forward to a calm, normal period!  Not sure when it will happen though.

We have begun the fall trial season and I was not able to record any of the wonderful runs at Linden Hollow this year.  My foster pup, Liam, had just begun heart worm treatment and he was not feeling well.

However I did make it out to Penn Y Caerau Farm this weekend and the weather was absolutely perfect for herding.  Cool with a light breeze (although the ducks did not enjoy the breeze very much and were a bit difficult to work).  There were some lovely runs and I am in the process of downloading and editing them.  Look back here for some links soon!

Liam and I wish you happy training and trialing.  See you out in the arena soon.Liam

I’ve updated the video gallery to add several of the runs from this years Cleveland Shetland Sheepdog Club herding trial at Hado Bar.  Hope you all enjoy the videos.

We are on break for the summer and I am already looking forward to cooler weather and the fall trial season.

Happy training and trailing to all of you.

We are back in Orlando after driving 2500 miles in 9 days!!  The weather in Nova was absolutely perfect on Friday and Saturday.  Sunday the skies opened up and we were only able to record the duck trial and a few started runs of the sheep trial.

My youngest girl managed to get 2 started legs in 2 attempts.  She did it with flair and a first and second placement as well!  Her Saturday run was much better but we were beaten by a dog who took RHIT.  New goal will be to get a RHIT or HIT in her next trial in the Fall!

I am currently downloading all the videos I shot and should begin editing them tomorrow.  There were a lot of really, really lovely runs, including a “perfect” run on Intermediate B course Ducks.  Can’t wait to edit all the runs and share the ones I can.

Hope all of you have a wonderful summer trialing where it is cooler.  For those of us in Florida we are already looking forward to cooler weather and the fall trial season.  Train safely and see you in the fall!

The Spring trial season is finished here in Florida.  Tana and I managed to finish his HXAs with 3 qualifying runs in 4 attempts.  Perhaps we are finally becoming a solid team!  We will now begin the journey toward our HC.

We got to see some amazing working dogs this Spring.  Amongst them, my favorite Duck Dog, Dallas.  He is such a joy to watch!  He will be retiring soon and I will miss seeing him.

Finally, we have had several inquiries about coming back to Nova, OH for the Cleveland Shetland Sheepdog Herding Trial.  Based on the response I can now announce WE WILL BE BACK!

See you at Hado Bar Farms June 6, 7, & 8 2014!!

The brief Spring Trial Season is almost upon us.  Hope everyone has had lots of time to work stock and get ready!  We will be at Penn Y Caerau in Lady Lake this weekend and at Linden Hollow in St. Cloud in 2 weeks.  Looking forward to recording lots of successful runs!

Hope to see you at the trials!

We here at Wooftastic have had a mixed bag this winter.  On the good side:  my boy Tana got 2 legs toward his HXAs title on his first 2 attempts.  We are looking forward to the spring trial season and, hopefully, picking up that third leg so we can begin to work toward his AKC Herding Champion title.Tana's first Advanced Leg  On the down side:  I lost my oldest girl, Khamsin, to a brain tumor back in October.  She was my heart dog and there is still a very large hole in my heart with her loss.  That is what life is.  Highs and lows, good and bad.  We learn from both and move forward.  I will forever miss Khamsin.  She was a dog in a million.  It was she that got me interested in agility, herding, and other canine sports.  Here are a couple of pictures.  One of her as an adorable 8 week old, the second in her prime, at about 5 years old.  RIP my beautiful hummingbird! Khamsin Puppy picture Khamsin Head shot

The cooler temps are slowly making their way to Central Florida and that means the Fall Herding Season is just around the corner!

Hope you had a wonderful summer filled with lots of useful training time!  We at Wooftastic are chomping at the bit to get back out in the big field.  We are also looking forward to watching and recording all of your amazing runs.  As such, we will be in St. Cloud, Bushnell, Lady Lake, and Malabar for all the trials of fall.  We hope to see you there too!