Performance Week 2012

An Interview with COL

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?

Noreen BennettNoreen Bennett: Love this question! Peyton is 100 percent a comedian, but, one with a strong ego about himself. He's a very physical comedian. The character he is like is Jack from Will and Grace -- flamboyant and over the top! Suede is a comedian in a very different way. More subtle. Kind of like Frasier's brother, Niles. He likes things a certain way and notices anything that is out of place.
Maestro is the strong, silent, handsome type. Kind of like Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind
because frankly, he doesn't give a damn.

Aidan Collies -- Celticmoon's Sundrop At Aidan, RN, HT, NAJ, NF, FDCH-SErin Gorney: Not being all that into comic books, I don't know that I have a specific hero that I can compare her to, but my husband and I often joke that we need to buy Ellie a cape and call her "Super Ellie" since she loves to fly over things. She will leap over almost anything . . . jump wings at agility, the coffee table, the couch. In fact, just days before she whelped her litter, she got to running around the house and leapt over the arm of the couch, nearly giving me a heart attack! That being said, there is hardly a waking hour that goes by where she doesn't do something to make us laugh.

Crispin Collies -- GCH Crispin Faithful OAJ, HT, VA, ROM-PBarbara Corriveau: That is a good question and I had to think a long time about how to answer it. My current performance dog is Faith, and she is definitely the super hero, but, one with a sense of humor too. She is my ideal, the dog who can do it all. She could have gone much farther in her performance titles with a different handler, but she really has accomplished a lot when you consider her great conformation show career in limited showing. It is hard enough in conformation when they go out of coat for half the year and take time out to do the performance training and competition. It is more difficult with a bitch in performance, since she has to take breaks when she is in season and for litters if she is to be bred, and to go to breed shows some weekends when she could be at trials. It was very important to me for her to produce puppies to carry on her line, so she had some maternity breaks. Those were well worth the time spent. And as I said earlier, I value versatility. I want the beautiful performance dog and I want the multi-talented show dog. Faith is more than willing to try everything and she does put her own spin on things. She is very operant, so she will try all kinds of behaviors to earn her rewards. And she is very, very food motivated! One of my most embarrassing moments was in agility (at the National Specialty with many spectators) when she was running a long straight sequence of jumps to the finish line. She just kept going on the straightaway, jumped the ring gates, and ran to the chair where her treats awaited. She was quite proud of herself. I just had to laugh.

Judy Belluomini: Comic Book Hero -- SUPERMAN BRETT. He is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall building with a single bound. (Collie terminology: able to leap fences, jump over creeks, herd sheep, do the Lambeau Leap!)

Forecast Collies -- CH MACH Evergreen Perfect Ten Forecast, PT, MXG, MJS, MXF, T2B, VXCarol Lariviere: I would say my dogs are more super hero. Soleil is definitely Cat Woman. She's not your typical Collie and can be quite stand-offish. But, not in a shy or cowering way. She just really doesn't have a lot of use for people unless they're throwing a ball to her or they have a cookie. Like a cat, she'll come over when she's ready for attention. Splash is Robin to my Batman! He adores me and is always following me around. If I go outside, I can see him watching me from the window. He's always ready to play with a toy or even better, go out to play agility. He's my little sidekick!

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