AKC HERDING CHAMPION
6x HIT KARMA’S TAI
HTADs III, ATDsd, HXAsd
OFA EARS –BR361/1M-NOPI
OFA EYES BCO-EYE601/22M-NOPI
OFA HEART BCO-CA234/22M/C-NOPI
OFA HIPS BCO-11726G24M-VPI
Tai is so many firsts for me. He is my first home bred Border Collie. He is my first AKC Herding Champion as well as first home bred AKC Champion.
His trial record is outstanding
AKC CHAMPIONSHIP TOTAL RECORD:
9/16/16 Q 89.5 3RD Place BAHA Scott Lucken (HXAs leg)
9/16/16 Q 90 2nd Place BAHA Margie Clutter (HXAd leg)
9/18/16 Q 84.5 BAHA Margie Clutter (HXAs leg)
9/18/16 Q 88.5 BAHA Scott Lucken (HXAd leg)
10/15/16 Q 94.5 1st Place SSCGD Shelly Spotswood HXAs leg) HIT
10/15/16 Q 95.5 1st Place SSCGD Shelly Spotswood (HXAd leg) HIT
10/16/16 Q 85.5 2ndPlace SSCGD Jane Rothert (ducks) 1 pt.
10/16/16 Q 94 1st Place SSCGD Jane Rothert (sheep) 2pts. HIT
6/9/17 Q 92 1st Place CSSC Kirsten Cole-Murray (sheep)4pts. RHIT
6/9/17 Q 90 2nd Place CSSC Kirsten Cole-Murray (ducks)
6/10/17 Q 95 1st Place CSSC Dana McKenzie (ducks) 4 pts. RHIT
6/10/17 Q 89.5 2nd Place CSSC Dana McKenzie (sheep)
6/11/17 Q 96 1st Place CSSC Dana McKenzie (ducks)2 pts. HIT
6/11/17 Q 90 4th Place CSSC Kirsten Cole-Murray (sheep)1 pt.
7/23/17 Q 90.5 1st Place WCBTCWNY Carol Donnelly (ducks) 2 pts. HIT
7/23/17 Q 90.5 1st Place WCBTCWNY Carol Donnelly (sheep)
Start to finish: 8 days, 16 shows, 5 HITs, 2 RHITs, eight 1st places, four 2nd places, one 3rd place, two non-placements, no NQs.
His AKC HXBd is in the works. He earned his first leg 9/17/17 at the BAHA trials. He took 1st place and HIT.
Tai’s has earned his ASCA ATDsd in 12 runs, winning nine 1st places, two 2nd places and one 3rd place (Handler’s fault!) We will be hunting cattle legs for his WTCH this Fall.
Tai’s record in AHBA is:
He earned his HTADs III at 14 months with a 93.5 and a 87.5. He had to run non-compete since I was one of the day’s judges. We haven’t started on his AHBA Championship because it’s so hard to find trials! We should start entering trials in the Fall.
Tai’s dam is my first ever BC, HTCH Wicked Mistral ATDsd, HTADscd III, HRD III, RLF III, HXAsd, or “Possum” to her friends and admirers. (See her page, Possum)
Possum just wouldn’t quit attacking my German Shepherd bitch, Rissa (and she had even started getting crabby with Ducky). I was going to eventually come home to a dead BC, so Possum went to a GSD free home and is adored.
When Possum was a day from whelping she came back home to have her puppies. I picked her up on Tuesday evening. Her due date was the next day. She settled right in. I got up the next morning and while I was eating breakfast she laid at my feet. While I sat drinking my coffee, I could feel her shivering and thought, “Well, she’s in pre-labor. I should have time to go out and work Ducky and come back in.” I went out, worked Ducky for maybe 20 minutes and then came back in to switch dogs. As I came in I heard a cry from behind the kitchen door. Sure enough, Possum had her first pup while I was gone. I walked in to see her industriously taking care of what at first…looked like a solid white pup! My very first thought was, “What the HELL?!” I bred a red tri bitch to a black and white dog, where did this come from? On second look, the puppy (his name is now Jaxon) actually had three whole black spots: one on the right side of his head, his right loin and the right side and base of his tail. This was about 10 am. Possum proceeded to motor on and produce a beautiful black tri, Blazer, at 11 am, and another base white puppy with six black spots (Tai) at 11:30. After an hour and her having lunch, I called Deb Kindig, the stud dog owner to let her know that her dog was a Dad. When I told her about the white puppies she said, “Where the hell did that come from?” I laughed and said that was my first question.
After we had hung up she called me back 10 minutes later to tell me she had to “fess up”. She had remembered that the white was back on her side of the pedigree from a famous breeder and litter. At 4p.m I was sitting at my desk and noticed that there was quite a bit of fussing in the box. I walked over and found a fourth puppy. I had been a bit disappointed because my wish for the litter had been for a red tri bitch just like mom. So far Possum had produced no reds and all boys. The fourth puppy was a Red! I prayed fervently as I picked the puppy up and turned….him over. Possum had given me ALL boys. We’ve joked…sort of… since then, that jealous bitch that she is, Possum is inimical to female life. Someone asked me if I was going to re-breed the litter to try for a girl. I replied that Karma and the Universe have made it abundantly clear that I am to work with a boy this time!
Like Ducky, Tai made it clear pretty quick that he was the one that was supposed to stay. I’m thinking that I’m going to quit trying to pick puppies and let them tell me who wants to stay because the last two times I’ve done this I’ve gotten gems.
I never knew what a bad reputation BCs had until I got Possum. I’d tell people that I owned one and they’d reply, “But they are so hyper!” My reply was, “It depends on where you get one and what you do with it.” As a perfect example, as I write this, Tai is laying sacked out at my feet.
Tai has an outstanding temperament. He knows no enemies or strangers. I’ve used him to work with aggressive dogs for behavior rehab because he doesn’t exude any negative energy and he doesn’t get rattled by them.
Tai lives in the house and sleeps in my room. Like his mom, Possum, when he’s out in the field, he’s all about stock and work. People don’t exist. He will go until he drops. There is no quit. Once the stock are put up then he’s “Hi, how are ya? Damn glad to see you!!” When Tai’s switch is on, he’s all business. But he also has an off switch.
He has two totem animals right now. I’m hoping he grows out of the one. At least for right now I’m sad to report that his one totem is Howard Walowitz from the Big Bang Theory. Small, brilliant, good hearted and endlessly horny.
His second totem is Snoopy. Fun, inventive and endlessly embracing the joy in life. There were plenty of comic strips with Snoopy dancing on his hind legs over something he or his friends were doing. I think of Snoopy every time I see Tai smiling and dancing on his hind legs overjoyed about whatever we are doing. I hope fervently that he never loses Snoopy as his totem and guide.
I can’t wait to see where Tai takes me.
Tai is standing at stud to approved bitches.