Friday, October 10, 2008

Have you herd about the stock dog trials? Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista

I have never visited the Gale Woods Farm, but the opportunity to see working dogs perform may persuade me to venture over to the other side of the lake. I would love to see herding dogs in action. Our Shelty "Toonie" would be sorely out of place in a group of active working dogs.

The event takes place Oct. 11-12 from 10 am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. The Gale Woods Farm is part of the Three Rivers Parks District. 3 miles west of Mound on Highway 110.
Phone: 763-694-2001
I will be taking photos and probably getting lost in the "Hay Maze".

Notes from the AKC on Herding Dogs:
"Herding dogs were originally bred to herd sheep, cattle etc. These dogs are intelligent, active and athletic. Most of these dogs love to work and are eager to please. Some of them like Border Collies have amazing intelligence coupled with controlled aggression and perform near miracles. They can be good watchdogs and can make good house pets with the proper environment and obedience training. This group is a relatively new classification and includes 18 breeds and 2 varieties as recognised by AKC. Some herding dogs are the Border Collie, the Old English Sheepdog, the Shetland Sheepdog, the Welsh Corgi and the German Shepherd."


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