The day did not start out promising. On the road from
Bellingham to , we drove through driving sleet and rain. It looked to be a miserable training session, but the sun briefly appeared around Arlington and on the field it turned out to be cold and overcast. Burlington
Jennie, another of Brian’s students, was finishing up with her dog Elsa when I arrived. Elsa has come a long way since Jennie had to use an air horn to get her attention. She was working with calm and confidence when we walked through the gate to join them.
We did some outrun work, with Jennie and Elsa holding the sheep for me and Rodeo and us returning the favor. I was tentative to the point of being passive, and Brian yelled out in mild exasperation: “Start handling him! You’re wasting your money if you don’t handle him!”