Tonight, we went out for dinner, in part to celebrate Xen being A Very Good Dog, both in the agility demo, and even more so, at Canine Affair Center’s table.

Some of you know me from Indiana and CPE in western Ohio, particularly Dayton’s excellent club, Gem City. And many of you know Xen as the afraid-of-children Border Collie, who flipped out at a trial when some little boys were ¬†around being little boys. Being dog-show-savvy little boys. They were NOT hassling my dog. They never even LOOKED AT my dog. They were not running and squealing and generally acting like prey. They were kinda bouncing at each other, and being friendly-playful.

Xen lost it, alarm barking, crouching, hiding behind me, just flipped out.

Zoe, in Spencer Indiana (can she really be going into the 5th grade this year??) worked with Xen and me (and got to run Jett on television!) and we got Xen okay around kids.

Yesterday, she was fine (really fine, not just holding-it-together fine, but FINE) for a little over two hours. She was doing her “chair” trick, in front of our table. Craning her neck up and out toward her adoring public, young and old, for pats and ear scritches.¬†The first time folks came up to her and she turned her head away, instead of leaning toward, I packed up and we all went home.

The local Mexican restaurant that has always been okay with Xen in the past, has recently changed hands. The new management/staff seem even more inclined to cater to their Canine-American clientele than even the previous owners were. Yay! So our waiter came out to get our drink orders, and ask if we wanted chips, already bringing a glass of water (no ice) for Xen’s bowl.

“Oh, you remember us?” asked Rob?

“How could I forget a beautiful dog?” asked the waiter. Good waiter.

Not so difficult being A Good Dog when there’s no really interesting food.

But even when there is…

THAT, my friends, is A Very Sane Border Collie With An Off Button, Who Still Has Drive.

I just love that little sleek dog!

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