The Real Time Canine II

After spending 2 years writing the Real Time Canine, the adventure continues with The Real Time Canine II. Read along as I look for just the right puppy to continue the experience. After false starts with Tim and Jed, I am currently training young Tam, and Spot, which are both off to a strong start. Please visit the RTC II to read about training sessions as they occur.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The 2010 Final's Final

Here are the scores:

Patrick Shannahan and Riggs                    530
Tommy Wilson and Sly                            505
Alaisdare MacRae and Nap                     439
Wendy Schmaltz and Gin                          422
Scott Glen and Maid                                 405
Emil Luedecke and Spot                            354
 Amanda Milliken and Roz                          347
 Robin French and Bill                                 339
  Larry Burch and Dot                                  337
Lori Cunningham and Matt                         301
Debbie Bailey and Huck                            155
Ron Enzeroth and Dusty                              Retire
Dawn Boyce and Tink                                 Retire
Tom Forrester and Pete                               Retire
Scott Glen and Don                                  DQ
Bill Berhow                                                DQ
Libby Nieder and Lyn                                DQ

I watched online, I listened, I learned, and I admit that I was wrong about the webcast. Initially, I did not like the idea, because I worried about projecting the wrong impression over the internet to the general public and unitiated of our sport. I needn't have. What I saw was some of the best representation of our dogs that one could ever ask for.

Most of the running was exemplary, and even that which wasn't admirably projected the unique and exceptional talents of the working Border Collie. I can only hope that those watching our dogs for the first time developed an appreciation for the years of hard work and dedication it takes to promote and maintain them at the highest level possible.

The dogs heralded on our very first, live webcast were developed over centuries of careful selection for working ability only, without a whit for appearance beyond physical soundness to complete their job. These practices continue throughout our community today in our continuing efforts to protect and promote the only breed of stockdog in the world capable of performing at the level shown.

Congratulations to the 2010 USBCHA National Champions, Patrick Shannahan and Riggs, to Reserve National Champions, Tommy Wilson and Sly, and to all who competed and tried their best at this year's finals.

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