_We lost several dogs this year that meant a lot to our
members as well as our club.
If it weren’t for some of these dogs, we wouldn’t have the
club we do today, so it got me to thinking that it would be nice to have a way
to recognize them.
Some of these dogs may not have reached high levels in the
trialing world, but in some way brought us together.
Some maybe were special as the dog that opened up the world
of herding for us or the dog that put in long days setting stock or working the
pens for our trials.
Our first inductee was a rescue dog that went on to
greatness and to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. Without her, I would go
as far as to say there wouldn’t be a NMHDA at all. She earned her HC in AKC, a
WTCH in ASCA,a HTCH in AHBA,
successfully competed at the OPEN level in USBCHA, competed in the NATIONAL
Finals and then went on to compete in the World Trials in Ireland.She never lost the will to herd, running in
her last trials at the age of 14. I had the privilege to see her run in these
trials and she loved every second of it. She passed away in Feb of this year
doing what she loved most…on the road at a trial. Our first inductee is Geri
Our second inductee was and exceptional AKC dog, ranking as
the top AKC herding dog in the nation.She was a pleasure to watch in an arena trial.One year I can remember Jet laying down a run
of a lifetime on an Advanced A course and scoring a 98 under a very tough
judge, then this little dog come in and actually scored a 99 with a run to die
for. She challenged us all to work a little harder, straighten our lines a
little and just basically raised the bar for us all. She also successfully
competed in USBCHA at the open level as well as AHBA and ASCA.She worked setout in many of our trials over
the years and was always a dog you could count on. She passed this year quite unexpectedly
leaving a huge void. Our second inductee is Bonnie Daley’s Gabe.
Our third inductee is still with us and enjoying
retirement.Sandy and I came to
appreciate this dog when we were bringing Jet and Fly up thru the ranks.He provided a challenge every time we
competed against him and usually set the bar just a little higher with each
run. He is a fine old gentleman that
provided many lessons along the way as well as being that “special dog” to his
owner.Our third inductee is Malcolm
We lost our forth inductee this year as well.She was that special dog that opened the
world of herding up to her owner.She
successfully competed in trials, clinics and state fairs all over the country and
was a good arena dog.Again, she started
it all for one of our long time members and one we couldn’t do with out.Our fourth and final inductee for 2011 is
Sandy Kieft’s Bess.