Saturday, October 3, 2009
NC English Shepherd Gathering 2009
Today was the English Shepherd Gathering in North Carolina. There were close to 50 people and maybe 40-50 dogs - hard to tell because the dogs were constantly moving - and fast. There were people and dogs from Ontario Canada, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, South Carolina and Virginia, in addition to North Carolina. I didn't go this year, but Sandi went with her friend Carolyn (who helped rescue me) and Carolyn's English Shepherd Happy. Happy and Ruby are good friends. Happy had a good time visiting with the other dogs, but she especially likes her people friends. Happy worked for a number of years as a therapy dog registered with Delta Society. Here's Happy with Brian Wingler of White Oak English Shepherds in Apex, North Carolina.
There was an AHBA sheep trial yesterday and today the gathering was mostly social, but Kyt from Amarillo Texas showed a powerpoint presentation on the Montana English Shepherd rescue Operation New Beginnings. For more information on animal hoarding go to www.tufts.edu/vet/cfa/hoarding/ I have an earlier post on the Montana ES rescue and NESR.
What a very nice group of people and dogs. Many thanks to Kay Keziah and her family for hosting the Gathering. I hope to go again (I got to go in 2007).
For more information about English Shepherds go to www.englishshepherd.org and www.nesr.info/