Sometimes the yahoo group Sheepdog-L just IRKS me. The othe day was one of those days. Someone tried to compare entering an agility trial to a sheepdog trial talking about confirmation of entries. This was the start of someone's reply that was printed on the Sheepdog-L list.
"Pfft! Oh pul-ease comparing us with agility??? Are you kidding me??? We don't let our dogs bark their fool heads off, pull on the end of their leash, exhibit aggression, breed for appearance, or breed runts to meet a height restriction either. Nor do we conspire with the AKC, or award meaningless titles so everybody can feel good about themselves"
I am so SICK of the agility comments on Sheepdog-L. A sport is a sport is a sport. Sheepherding and agility are different sports. Why do they have to bash agility? I believe it is a lack of knowledge. Like clueless. Below was my reply which was moderated (NOT posted).
"Compare us to agility? I don't think so. My agility competitor husband will tell you this.....
No, USBCHA sheepdog people, for the most part, just let their dogs crap anywhere they would like (usually right outside someone's trailer door), pee on other people's tires, generators, etc.
I can guarantee that isn't happening at an agility trial."
I'll tell you why it was "moderated," because it is a FACT. It's nice to go to wide open spaces sheepdog trials (USBCHA) so you don't have to step in dog-doo. If it's a small area and the trailers have to be close to each other by the end of a two or three day trial every other step is in dog poop. Honest to God...how hard is it to keep some bags in your pocket and pick up your own dog's poop? Sheepdog people remind me of the movie, 'City Slickers,' where Jack Palance says to Billy Crystal, "I CRAP bigger than that."
Personally, I think it is pretty impolite. I don't care if your dog poops out in an open field and you don't pick it up, but sheepdog people should be able to keep a watch on their dogs around everyone's trailers and trucks. Come on...I don't want to step in your dog's crap as I walk out of my trailer and I'm tired of hosing down my truck's tires with your dog's pee on them. Really! I recently recalled a pissed look I received when I shooed a lady's dog away from my trailer who was peeing on my tires. Hellllo?
Please don't try to compare one sport with another. Some sheepdog people think their shit doesn't stink. It stinks on my the bottom of my boots!
Thanks for listening. I feel soooo much better now :0)