On August 20th and 21st, we attended The Gathering at Sunnybank. Our long time readers know what Sunnybank means to us, but for those who may not know, you can read all about Sunnybank in our previous posts by clicking HERE and HERE. Sunnybank is a special place, and walking around the grounds can almost be a spiritual experience for collie lovers. And each year they come, from near and far they travel, to spend the weekend gathered together on the rolling hills of Sunnybank. Humans and collies, young and old, newcomers and longtime friends, spend the weekend honoring our beloved collie breed and the memory of Albert Payson Terhune and his beloved Sunnybank collies.
|Ryder and his mom, Abby, at The Gathering
This year we were able to attend the Gathering on both Saturday and Sunday. There were so many things to see, so many old friends to visit with, and even though it was very hot, we had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday we brought Ryder and Abby, along with the puppies. Ryder came because he had never been to Sunnybank, and because he was signed up to take the Therapy Dog test. Abby came, because I was feeling very sentimental, remembering when I visited Sunnybank with her when she was just a young girl. (I don't think these pictures were from The Gathering though, I think they were from a puppy match held in October of 2007.) She turns 10 years old next month, and loves to go everywhere with me, so I had to take her with me. It always makes me anxious when I think of how quickly the years are passing for Abby and me.
|Abby, standing next to the Fire Blue Lake, on the banks of Sunnybank.
And Abby now...
So on Saturday we had Ryder take the Therapy Dog test. I had been thinking of having him tested, because even though he hasn't taken the Therapy Dog classes, he always does whatever I ask of him and he has the perfect temperament for it. The test is looking to see how a dog reacts to meeting new people and dogs, being in a crowd of people, and dealing with strange new things. He was bumped by canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs, and he didn't care at all. He greeted strangers politely, didn't pick up the cookie on the ground after I told him to "leave it," and passed each portion of the test with ease. He was as perfect as always. Which means that once our registration is processed, Ryder will be able to visit our local Nursing Homes for Therapy Dog visits! I am so proud of my boy!
|Recognize the spot Ryder is posing in? It's the same spot where Abby posed years ago!
And on Sunday it was time for the puppies to come out and play! We brought Sophie and Maizie, and Tate came too! Tate is a big boy, but at 10 months old, he is still a puppy too!
|It was so hot, the puppies started melting into collie-puddles!
|Maizie, already a perfect little show dog, and she isn't even 4 months old in this picture!
|Maizie, looking so sweet!
|Sophie is very serious, she has caught on to dog shows very quickly!
Tate looking very grown-up!
|Photo by Ron Sherr
It was such a fun weekend, and it was so wonderful to see so many or our puppies at the match!
|photo by Finn's dad, Steve Mierz