We finally freaking did it!!!
Porter earned his Started Sheep title this weekend!
That little green ribbon is a huge-ass gold trophy in my mind :)
I have worked harder on this than anything else, ever. I wanted to give up so many times. Through so many lessons, tears, falls, failures, "almosts," more tears... we finally have something to show for it.
Our herding journey began with a simple instinct test at the Cardigan specialty way back in 2006:
After watching him do that, and knowing that both his parents had herding titles (Vivian gave me an article about his mom herding when I brought him home), I knew that I wanted to give it a shot.
It took me a long time to get started: we were beginning in agility, I had to find a trainer, etc. But once all those things fell into place, I was kind of hooked :)
We earned our PT back in April of 2010 at the Cardigan specialty (which also took a lot of work...):
3 years later, on our 13th attempt at Started Sheep, we finally earned the title :)
I have attended & attempted Started Sheep at this very trial for the last 3 years. Our only previous legs were earned at this location at the CWCCA specialty in 2012.
I'm sure more experienced herders would laugh at those kind of statistics :) Others would have given up long before this. But I am stubborn, and I was not going to quit.
So I would like to thank the people who let me cry on their shoulders (there were a lot of tears!) and I'd like to apologize for the bragging now.
But we freaking did it! :)
There was a videographer & photographer at the trial, so there will be forthcoming evidence as I receive it :)