September 8, 2012
COL interview with Michelle Shoemaker, Barbara Corriveau, Jolene McCuaig, Noreen Bennett, Judy Belluomini, Erin Gorney, Marilyn Clayton and Carol Lariviere:
> Question 1 – How does this year fit it in with your journey in performance?
> Question 2 – In relation to your current program of activities, which came first: your love of a particular performance venue or a dog who exhibited specific traits or behaviors for a given activity? Please tell
us the details.
> Question 3 – What makes your favorite performance activity your favorite?
> Question 4 – Which is more challenging: the mental aspects of a given event in which you participate or the physical aspects. Talk about these challenges for trainer, handler and dog for the activities in which you take part.
> Question 5 – If you could change one thing about your favorite performance activity what would that change be?
> Question 6 – Do you have any strategies to prevent physical injuries to you and your dog? How do you prepare for the mental and emotional challenges that are part of training and competition?
> Question 7 – How do you define success in your performance activity? What is the one thing that every successful performance person must do to guarantee success?
> Question 8 – Do you compete at the National Specialty in any performance events? If so, how does competing at the National Specialty compare to other venues.
> Question 9 – Are there any performance events for which you think more Collies should be participating? If so, what are the keys to attracting more participants to that activity?
> Question 10 – How easy or how hard is it to affect the balance between the inborn talent and the trained inability of a dog. If the balance were going to skew distinctly one way or the other, which would you prefer? Why?
> Question 11 – Is your dog more comedian or more super hero? Which television character or comic book hero does your dog most remind you of? Is there an anecdote you can share that nails the comparison?
> Love the one you're with by Michele Brane
> On the right track by Sylvia Schultz
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