The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America held Herding Tests and Trials on the weekend of September 22 and 23 in Battle Ground, Washington.
Daily Corgi readers Char and Allen H. spent some time at the trials and had a terrific time.
"Everyone was so friendly" reports Char. "We didn't have any idea what was going on and people went out of their way to explain what was happening in each event. We missed seeing the cattle but watched duck and sheep herding. I've done novice agility with our Pembroke Dill and got an inkling of what training for that entails; however, herding is a whole different ballgame in terms of finding a training facility and devoting extensive hours to working a dog with unpredictable cattle, sheep or ducks."
"It looked really challenging and we were so impressed with the good spirit of competition. Of course we got to see and fawn all over some beautiful dogs too. We left Dill at home because we weren't sure we could bring a non-competing dog into the area, but it turned out that we could have had him there. It would have been a great opportunity for him to socialize. Maybe next year."
"I would encourage people to go watch these events. It's just so fun to watch the dogs do what they were bred to do and take their jobs so seriously."
"These litter mates weren't competing and snoozed through all the excitement; perhaps they were part of agility, obedience or conformation which took place later in the week."
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