I’ve signed Clue (and me) up for a herding seminar and instinct testing (taught by Beli’s mom! WOOT!) in September. I anticipate making a giant fool of myself, but am absolutely tickled pink about this because it’s one of the reasons I chose Cardigans. I wanted a breed that I could work, because I was so tired of fighting the attitude that the only function of a show dog is to stand there and look pretty. I looked at sporting breeds for quite a while, and in my wilder moments I still check out websites and litters. But, despite my crazy middle-of-the-night “Of COURSE I can hunt geese! And I need a dog to help me!” fantasies, I know (and knew) that there is no way I could really give a sporting breed the experience it deserves, and my attempt to be a hyper-responsible breeder would backfire. Herding breeds I can come closer to satisfying.
When I first got Clue, I thought I’d be herding at my own house. But then another type of irresponsibility (!) led to the oft-mentioned Last Daughter, so not so much herding was taking place. FINALLY signing up for this, honestly, is getting my adult life back (and the moms out there know what this means!) and it gives me happy champagne bubbles.
The grand question, of course, is whether Clue will make me proud or choose what is behind door number 2: RUN LIKE HAIL AS FAR FROM SHEEP AS SHE POSSIBLY CAN.