multi UKC BIS-Veteran, Am GCH, Can & IABCA Int CH
Reverie’s Backwoods Diva
PT, HSAsM, CGC
2011 PT & HSAs Multi HIGH IN TRIAL HERDING|
2012 American Champion
2012 Canadian Champion
2012 IABCA International Champion
2014 AOM BSCA Regional Specialty, Greeley, CO.
2014 Owner-Handled Herding Group 1, Greeley, Co.
2015 AKC Grand Champion
2015 Select Bitch, BSCA National Specialty, Bozeman, MT
2018 Select Bitch & Best in Veteran Sweeps, Sierra Nevada BSD Club, Regional Specialty.
2019 Multi BIS-Veteran, Multi RBIS-Veteran, UKC Washington Classic, Auburn, WA.
IABCA Group Winner
IABCA Group Placer
AKC Group Placer
Canadian Group Placer
AKC Owner-Handler Group Winner & Placer
multi Best Of Breed Winner
multi High In Trial Herding winner
multi Reserve High In Trial Herding
Nona was a stud fee puppy and my next conformation dog. She was a sparkling little girl with a ton of focus at the tender age of 10 weeks. I'm not much for the canine performance venues but I love conformation. When Nona's mind is in "show dog mode" she is sizzling and she takes me around the ring and it's a challenge to keep up with her.
Nona has a lot of talent in herding that we discovered by accident when we went to watch her Aunti Dawn herd at the sheep farm. After Dawn's practice runs the trainer & Dawn's owner insisted I take Nona out to see what she could do. I declined but said the trainer could take Nona out with those smelly icky sheep and make her own assessments. So, without further ado, I handed Nona over and she followed the trainer right out into the field and never looked back. After a few turns around the field the trainer was smiling ear to ear like a Cheshire Cat and asked if I could bring Nona back to the farm once a week.
I said "Sure", because I was going out to the sheep farm with Dawn & her owner once a week already just to watch and be supportive. Then the trainer asked me how far did I want to go with Nona?
I had already driven 1 hour in each direction and thought she was asking me to drive further, but, no. What she was referring to was herding titles. She then said Nona was a High in Trial dog and she wanted to train her and handler her.
"OH!!!! Really??? High In Trial???? No No Nona???". I was so clueless.
So, Nona began herding in earnest. She's calm, careful and methodical and wants to be right. She never makes the sheep run. Never. She rarely breaks out of a trot. She works WIDE off the sheep and gets the job done calmly. She LOVES flighty light sheep, as she can push them around with just a look and her presence. She has great stock sense, balance & self rates like a dream. And she's just getting better and better. Nona is also a Diva and thinks the rules don't apply to her, hence, her name: No No No No Nona. She's always subtly pushing the envelope.
Nona is sweet, dear, gentle, loves people & kids. She is a love sponge. Her favorite toys of all times are foam swim noodles and plastic water bottles. She loves water bottles so much that she steals them from peoples' bags, tables & anywhere she can. She hunts for them. She's sneaky & subtle about it and then is oh so proud of herself when she snags someone's water bottle. She will even steal water bottles off the ring stewards' tables at the dog shows. Six feet foam swim noodles are also the cat's meow. She will grab one in the middle and blaze through gates and doorways with them. Swim noodles in the house are disastrous but she doesn't care.
She hates the crows that taunt her throughout the day. She hates the wild bunnies that nibble the fresh green grass just outside the fence where she can't get to them. She dutifully patrols our fence lines and lets all the neighbors' dogs & the coyotes know that they are not welcome.
As Nona has matured her guardian instincts are maturing as well. She has great sense of when to be 'okay with the world' and when to be 'on guard' and 'at the ready'. I love that she knows the difference!
We think Nona is a keeper and we love her antics, even though all I ever seem to do is tell her NO NO NO NO NO NO Nona while I laugh, ruffle her hair and kiss her on the nose.
(Jill Miller, Reverie, July 2013)
Courtesy of: jamiller