Nicknames: Everyone always asks, "So, what do you call him for short?" The answer, "Modibo."
Birthday: November 23rd 2003
Likes: Mom's a music therapist and Modibo loves being with mom at school and listening to the kids sing.
Pet-Peeves: Not owning his own sheep.
Favorite Toy: His trusty stuffed Airdale, Pete and balls.
Favorite Food: Food?! Who has time for food?!
Favorite Walk: Modibo has been to the summit of several mountains in New Hampshire and Maine. Nothing like the top of the world.
Best Tricks: He can sit, stand, jump through a hoop, shake hands, speak, stick out his tongue, and many, many other tricks!
Arrival Story: After loosing my best friend of nearly 17 years, Sandy, I didn't think I would ever have another four legged friend until I met Modibo. I had always wanted a Border Collie, not only because they are so smart, but because I lead a very active lifestyle that I love to share with my pet. Not completely sure if I was ready to even be around another dog yet, I went to see some Border Collie pups. Modibo was beautiful. As though he knew and understood the pain I had been going through in weeks previous, as soon as I picked him up he put his head under my neck . I took this as a sign that I would be happy again and I would be able to love another dog in the same way that I loved Sandy. Modibo has been the perfect little man to mend a very, very broken heart.
Bio: Modibo is a very smart boy. He tested out of puppy obedience and beginners obedience, novice and CD1. We are currently taking Rally obedience and took a 3rd place and a 2nd place in Rally Novice at the Crown Classic in Cleveland this past December (2006). Modibo also takes weekly herding lessons, which he loves. He comes to school with me two days a week (I work with emotionally disturbed children Pre-K thru 8th grade). Modibo passed the Delta exam at 14 months of age and has earned his HCT, JHD, and HTAD-1s from the American Herding Breed Association. He also has his HT and PT from the AKC in herding. In flyball he boasts FD, FDX, FDCh, FDCh-S, FDCh-G, TF, TF-I, TF-II, TF-III, and has his CGC. Modibo's is an African name from Yemen that means "little disciple". He certainly lives up to his name!
It has been over a year since I could convince my mom to write a diary entry for me, but I guess I have little room to complain. I have been herding, playing flyball, doing obedience, hiking, playing with my girlfriend, Salem, and traveling to Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Southern Ohio. My grandma says I have a better social life than she does.
Mom, dad, and I spent 10 days in Maine this past summer. We played flyball with the MAINEaches and took daily hikes at Acadia. I hope we get to go back to Maine this summer. The 19 hour drive was well worth all the fun! On our way home we stopped in Boston to visit Cercy and Prospero where we took a big hike and a nice swim in the swamp. I was so happy to see my house when we got back, but was ready for the next adventure the following morning.
I have continued my herding studies with a Marc Christopher clinic in the fall and weekly lessons. Mom hasn't decided when we will enter next, but I am sure she will know when the schedule allows it. Our flyball team just went to a competition this past weekend where we took 4th place on the first day and 1st place on the second! Wow! Rhona and I ran doubles, too.
Mom and I will try to keep up with my adventures. Until then, check out the article at www.plaindealer.com/dailylife/ on me. They spelled my name wrong, but the picture is great. BORDER COLLIE IN HOG HEAVEN AS BOSS DOG.
I have been so busy that mom hasn't taken the time to help me type my diary entry since my birthday. I can only use the space bar.....
Anyway, I joined the Medina Swarm Flyball team and have been making some great progress with the group. Flyball is a great sport for me because I love tennis balls, I love tennis balls, and I like to be social with other fast, smart dogs.
Herding has been going great as I have learned to exhaust sheep out of the pasture and have worked out a really, really nice outrun. Judi thinks I am going to earn my Jr. Ranch Dog (JRD) title in April in one weekend. I will also compete in AKC herding events in the spring in hopes to earn even more herding titles. Mom and I love working with the woolies. I am finally giving her more ground to work with, as I have finally realized that she is an important part of the herding experience. Ooops.....thought I was the one with the instinct!
We are still working at obedience and going to school once a week for that, too (See! I do have a busy schedule- Monday- obedience, Thursday and Friday I go to work with mom, Saturday is herding and Sunday Flyball. Sometimes I get to play with Libby and Salem, too on weeknights and usually we visit cousin Rocky on the weekends).
Mom and I have been walking and visiting Aunt Gina and Cousin Salem a lot, too. Salem is a great friend to play with because she is fast like me. Mom is trying to talk Aunt Gina into joining Flyball with us.
This Sunday I am finally going to get to meet my new friends, Atlas and Star at PetSmart. Mom said that their mom is really, really nice. I am sure we will be great friends.
Well, believe it or not it is time for a nap.
Yes, it is true.... even BORDER COLLIES need their sleep!
Well, I am finally one! After one hard-working year, I finally made it to adulthood. My birthday party was great. It was no real suprise that Ellen never came to my party, but we had a great time without her!! On Thursday the 18th my friends Christine, Aero, Carol, Scarlet, Pat and Linda (and some other four legged friends) came to school to show the kids a Rally demonstration. To my mom's suprise one kid asked to see me do Rally and I actually did really, really well!! My friend Diega came that afternoon and her mom talked about how to stop dog bites. I would never bite anyone. Friday my vet came to talk to the kids and we all watched BABE in the afternoon while we ate my really cool cake. My cake had a flock of sheep on it and ME herding them!!
This past weekend I was entered in the American Herding Breed Association sheep trials where I finally received my HCT! It was super cool. Just call me Modibo, HCT.