Pictured parked at Suzy Applegate's in Plymouth, CA.
My trip included the big Zamora trial, a stop at Suzy's to pick up Champ and then to the Sonoma wine country trial. Yoko didn't work anything close to what she is capable of and I have begun to reevaluate. She only gets to work a couple of times a week and on the usual same hair sheep. I tried to get her on some range ewes just to feel a bit more comfortable before my trip, but it just didn't happen.
Champ at Zamora
Champ enjoying his freedom in the hills of Zamora
Reflection of Suzy's barn in the pond
Champs sees exhaust sheep at Zamora
He is really working very nicely for 14 mos. Suzy is a miracle worker. He was running sheep over the top of me and Suzy turned him into a different dog in a couple of months. She is amazing. Champ is a perfect blend of Buzz and Kilt. He looks like both and works like both of them combined.
Yoko got to the top of the 700 yard outrun both days with redirects, but lost her sheep to set out each time. I was worried that she would get lost running too wide at Zamora and worked on call ins. Bad move, Suzanne. There was a lot of commotion on the top and the sheep were a bit intimidating for her, I think. We need to find some large wool sheep to work.
The weather was picture perfect the whole trip and all 3 of my stops....Suzy's, Zamora, and Sonoma were breath taking. In that respect, it was a wonderful trip.
Champ finally overcomes his fear of swimming
Yoko was in seventh heaven with Suzy's pond
Yoko, our beaver
Guard dogs with sheep on the hill at Sonoma
Just a few pics from my trip. I have more and will go into further detail later. Yoko pulled a muscle on Saturday at Sonoma and I had to scratch her on Sunday. Today, Monday she looks much better. All in all, it was a nice trip with good friends and gave me time to reevaluate lots going on in my life....things I need to change, things I like just the way they are and so forth. It was very introspective.