Breakfast of Champions

January 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm 9 comments

The English Shepherd is an all-purpose farm dog.  Unlike more specialized breeds such as Border Collies and terriers, English Shepherds are bred to herd, act as watchdogs and kill vermin.  It’s a breed characterized by substance rather than style. 

The English Shepherd Club doesn’t hold conformation events or award championships.  In fact, they don’t award titles of any kind.  The ESC’s sister group, the American Working Farm Collie Association will, however, award a  Certificate of Merit to dogs who qualify in each of the three working categories (herding, hunting and guarding). To qualify, the owner of the dog must provide verifiable evidence of the dog’s working ability in each category. This evidence can consist of a video tape or a live observation by a qualified AWFA representative.

Both of Audie’s parents have been awarded the PRGN Certificate of Merit.

Breakfast of Champoins

Breakfast of Champions

This morning  young Audie took the intiative to work on that “hunting vermin” leg on his own.  Here’s a picture of my Minnesota Feist — holding his freshly caught breakfast.

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  • 1. Jean  |  January 23, 2009 at 3:04 am

    It’s too bad he missed Squirrel Appreciation Day by one day. *laugh*

    http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/January/squirrelappreciation.htm

  • 2. YesBiscuit!  |  January 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I can’t see in the photo but I’m assuming that skwirl gots a AAFCO seal of approval on it sum’eres?

  • 3. Dog  |  January 23, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    LOL poor little guy!

  • 4. Jill  |  January 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Is Audie for rent? My neighbor would pay top dollar…her puppy mill Pom is no kind of varmint killer, and she’d like to thin both the squirrel and the rabbit population.

    Dogs need (paying) jobs, you know.

  • 5. Ken Chiacchia  |  January 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    A delight to see the granddog picking up momma’s torch. I recognize the eyes!

  • 6. Fred  |  January 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Hope these questions aren’t too indelicate but does he eat the whole thing in one go or does he save bits for later? Does he share with his mates?

  • 7. SmartDogs  |  January 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Jean – I LOL’d re: appreciation day! He’ll try to meet the deadline next year.

    ‘Biscuit – the AAFCO sticker is onna insite. We eated it.

    Jill – Audie’s skills need a bit of improving yet, but when he’s ready we’ll rent him out…. for a fee ;-)

    Ken – he *is* indeed his momma’s boy!

    Fred – we like indelicate questions! Being a sweet boy, Audie shares with Kelpie Zip. They can polish a squirrel off quite easily in one sitting.

  • 8. Maggie Mae  |  February 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Dogs 1 – squirrels 0

  • 9. Barb  |  February 9, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Our squirrels have been rather *ahem* thinned out over the years (or else they’ve just learned to stay away from our yard) but I was very happy that the last one they caught was captured by my old girl who had just turned 11 (not a bad age for a Dane). She was SO pleased with herself, she was pretty insufferable to live with for days afterward.

    And no, she didn’t share it! :-)

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