Howie is from Belle's third litter, sired by Summer & Travis Banks' Cody, born in April 2014.
Howie combines strong working drive with a clear head and biddability. As a pup, I watched the easy-going, adaptable Howie lead the puppy pack when I took his litter on field trips. New environments, new people, sheep, ducks, chickens -- he greeted all with interest and unwavering (but not heedless) confidence. Howie tagged along to sheep camp in July, a scent detection workshop in August, a Larry Painter (herding) clinic in September... nothing fazed him. He has continued to demonstrate intelligence, enthusiasm for work, and a steady temperament in training and has earned started, intermediate & advanced titles on three different herding trial courses as well as a "canine good citizen" certification.
Howie is registered with UKC. His sire, Cody, was from Robert Cook, who bred working English Shepherds in Ohio for over 30 years. Cody's mother, Annie, is credited with saving Mr. Cook's life late one night, after he was knocked to the ground by an aggressive bull. Many of Mr. Cook's dogs were registered with IESR. Unfortunately, it is not possible to retrieve those records so there are gaps in Howie's registered pedigree.
Hips - OFA Good and PennHIP DI = 0.32 / 0.35, no degenerative joint disease
DNA tests - Normal/clear for PRA-prcd, CEA, MDR-1, and DM (degenerative myelopathy)
Coat color genetics - Ay at, B B, D D, E e, K k, S S - (ie, does not carry brown, dilute, or piebald alleles; does carry sable/fawn allele)
HTAD III - sheep ~ Herding Trial Arena Dog III, is an advanced title on an arena course consisting of take pen/ gather, fetch, drive, obstacles, hold, sort, repen
HRD II - sheep ~ Herding Ranch Dog II, is an intermediate title on a ranch course including gather, drive, pen work, obstacles, a sort and controlled movement.
HTD I - sheep ~ Herding Trial Dog I, is a started title on the trial course consisting of an outrun, lift, fetch, panel obstacles & pen
JHD - sheep and goats ~ Junior Herd Dog is a pre-trial class for dogs just starting out; video of Howie's first test -- he's an enthusiastic boy!
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October 2016 (2 1/2 years old)
"Wahoo, I'm 2 !!!"
And, a quieter moment (curled up under my desk)
Proud Puppy... earned "Ming" award for High Combined started dog in 2016 St Paddy's ranch dog trial (3 day event)
Howie at one year
Howie's first Halloween
First Grade Graduation
Crazy Puppy Ears