Also known as Tweak! Tweak! and Tweakerbelle, Tweak is the dog I said I'd never own. The infamous "they" have a saying along the lines of 'Never say Never' and I should have heeded their advice. I clearly remember saying I would 'Never' own a Border Collie because it was like cheating - you didn't have to *train* them as much as you had to *show* them. That's actually a true statement, btw.
Once I lost Skootchie, I went into a wait and see pattern. I put the word out amongst my breeder friends saying I would soon be in the market for another Min Pin. I wanted another competition dog. Let me clarify, a *girl* competition dog. Whilst sitting around at a flyball tournament one day, I found out about a couple of puppies available. Something just felt right, I opened my mouth and a month later was the proud owner of a Border Collie.
I now see why people love these dogs... I'm addicted to her! She is so much freakin' fun I'm not sure what to do with myself at times. She's off the wall driven to do whatever I want, whenever I want. I could wake her up at 3am and her bright eyes would ask "What are we doing now Mum?" She's far smarter than I, a fact that I'm slowly getting used to. ;p
Tweak is currently in-training for flyball. I'm aiming for her flyball career to start sometime during or after the summer of 2008. I want to make sure she has the proper drive, the perfect turn, and really wants to play the game before unleashing her on the lanes. If she's anything like her Momma or her Grandma Alibi, she'll be a natural... and on fire!
One sport was clearly not going to be enough for little Tweak so she's also in training for frisbee (aka disc) competitions. She *loves* frisbee and will play all the time if I'd let her. I entered her in her first frisbee competition in December of 2007. She was 10 months old and came home with a 1st place in the Novice division of toss and catch. I roll my eyes every time I think of it because out of everything I expected to happen, *that* wasn't even a possibility. Tweak's breeder was a little proud and wanted a picture for her brag page. ;)
I'm looking forward to the future and what that entails! She's willing to learn everything there is so who knows where we'll be or what we'll be doing in a few years! Along with toss and catch in frisbee, we're working on some freestyle moves. We've got a few cool things in our pocket - spinning left and right in the air, jumping on my back and fast catches - but we'll be learning more soon enough.
She'll be entering her teenage years soon. I'm hoping she doesn't make me want to give her back! ;) Everyone who found out I was getting a Border Collie said, "Jjust wait! You have no idea what you're getting yourself into!" After a year with my girl, I'm not worried. One Border Collie, no matter how active, is no comparison to having 10 Min Pins in your house. Neither breed is right for everyone (no breed is, actually), but BC's aren't nearly as stubborn as Min Pins!