Terrible Til once again had a successful run in the Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee competition. This one was held in Grand Blanc, Michigan and we placed third in the novice toss-and-fetch, against about 30 teams. Til is pictured (against an ugly plywood background, don’t ask me why I did that) with his trophy and other prizes. He’s wearing his uniform that was lovingly hand-sewn by our friend Jerrie from Doggone Bandanas.
Can I just say what a joy this border collie is? “Terrible Til,” my Dad jokingly dubbed him when he was a puppy, for his high drive, into-everything, non-stop busy-ness. People have complained of his nickname, but as I explained, one definition of “Terrible” is, “causing awe”. So it’s kind of like calling him, “Awesome Til”. (How’s that for a bail-out answer?) Til has made friends everywhere we go, and in true border collie style, he doesn’t know the meaning of giving up. He gives his all in every task and always with good humor. “He’s like the guy you always make sure to invite to the party,” I told someone. The “Court Jester” will keep the whole crowd laughing all night, but this one sticks around to help clean up the mess!
Til is well socialized, and I started early when he was only eight weeks old. Here’s an excerpt from my book about puppy training that pertains to socialization: