Tara’s Lil Rippa STDcsd RV-N JV-N GV-N
WTCH Birch Hollow’s Habenero OFTDs RTDcs HRDIIs
DOB 12.26.2010 / ASCA #E166263
18″, 35# – She is not a mini.
Eyes clear, hips good (PennHIP), elbows good, cleared of CEA, catarcts, MDR1, PRA, carrier of degenerative myelopathy
She’s got some hard eye and real power and bite in her toolbox. Prefers heading (poll vs nose) and has enough power that heeling isn’t usually necessary, but she applies it judiciously on occasion, does not have a real stylish low heel, but she doesn’t get into trouble with it as it’s still on the hock. Has the ability to back off and stand off her stock as well. Natural driver and fetcher. Works tight and has a solid sense of group. She really, really hates leaving stock behind.
She figures out chores quickly and prefers them to the rigid command and small herd numbers of the trial environment. As long as she knows what you’re trying to do, she gets the job done largely on her own but takes commands well when needed – great little pen and chore dog for sure. She’s exactly the kind of dog I was hoping to produce.
She minds her manners but doesn’t like strangers imposing on her, especially rude, friendly dogs. After you let her have some time to warm up, she will leap into your lap and lick you to death (she gets this from her mom) or paw your face (we do not love this). She has an amazing off switch and is pretty happy hanging out, waiting for you to need her.
As she’s gotten older, she’s really turned into a ball and frisbee dog – I got pregnant and couldn’t work so she applied her drive there. She’s a great rodent catcher, as well.
Her litter produced two really amazing puppies – but unfortunately we are choosing not to breed her again because she developed eclampsia. You can see the son we kept back on his page, the other lives with Rick Hardin of Hardin’s Aussie in Georgia.
Here’s a gallery of our last big hurrah, 2019 ASCA Nationals. We took home a lot of blue ribbons and qualified in everything except stock (which is kind of hilarious but goes to show you that trialing and being a good workin’ dog are different things). I guess I gotta go get a CD title for her so we can finish that up.