Britches at 8 years
Britches at 12 1/2 years, shortly after she passed her TDX test
Britches aged well and enjoyed
working well into her teens. Her distractability made her
an indifferent obedience dog, but she was a great tracker.
She once followed a track right under the nose of a curious
horse without giving any indication that she knew the horse was
She was fun to train. On one occasion she was following a
track, and was distracted by a discarded box with the remains of
Kentucky Fried Chicken a few feet to the side of the track.
She went over and investigated the box, and I directed her back
to the track. She went right back to the box, and I took
her back to the track again. It was becoming apparent to
her that I didn't realize the importance of Kentucky Fried
Chicken. The third time she went back to the box, she
looked up at me and very deliberately sat, which was her article
indication. She clearly though that I needed to know how
important a find this was! My first TD dog, Britches started her tracking training at the age of
nine, and was over 12 when she passed her TDX
test. She was only the 28th Sheltie to earn a TDX.