Nervous habit compels me to look out windows as I move around the house to grab a snack or whatever during my workday. My goal, always, is to find the dogs and make sure they are OK. One day last week, I finally spied Lilly sitting stock still in the upper corner of our upper pasture. When I stepped out the front door, she shot like a rocket straight to me. I was so proud. So, I tried to recreate that long-distance recall in the video below.
Full disclosure: After I placed her in position, it took 3 tries to get her to STAY as I walked back across the bridge and into the parking area out front of the house.
And, granted, there were no distractions … like dogs or people walking by … so this is hardly a proofed recall, but still.
I know she’s hard to see at a distance, but Lilly is sitting near the post, halfway between the gate and the fenced corner to your right. She skits around the pond, jumps the creek below that you cannot see, pops up the first incline and comes to me at the top of the second. It’s much steeper than it looks on screen. And, oh, how I wish I could get her to pop the top of the A-Frame the way she pops up out of the creek.
Oh, and P.S., notice the lovely reverse crop circles that Tom cut in the pasture grass.