It was a double graduation for all the Monday night students: 4 black and white dogs from Level 1--Rosie, Kate, Abby, and Ruth--plus Shiloh and Brodie, the 2 puppies in the Puppy 1 class.
Ruth was the smallest one. Even the puppies were bigger than she is! She was a bit growly around those pups. Either because they were so bouncy, or because she didn't think they belonged with the "big dogs."
Before the exam started, Ruth was feeling prepared and confident.
She did well on all the tests. Her highest achievement was sitting in response to a hand signal, rather than a verbal command. She was the first one to sit, and won a prize. On the "come" exercise, where she had to come to me on command from far across the room, it was a photo finish for first place among all three Border Collies. Ruth just missed winning that one, too.
She was a very good dog.
After the exam, there was a play period. The puppies went wild.
Ruth preferred to sit on the sidelines with her good friend Abby and watch from a safe distance.
Ruth with the Chap. Look at that happy face--she just found out she's getting her diploma!
Here we are in our graduation photo, looking serious, superior, and very highly educated.
Then there was a party with treats for everybody. Ruth's teacher says she can do anything she wants, she's such a smart doggie. We talked about Certified Therapy Dog training, and Doggie Dancing. A therapy class starts up after the first of the year, that's probably our first choice.
As soon as we got home, we showed Lola our diploma.
We had a private party--the girls got a little ice cream.
The Graduate curled up on the sofa with me to watch Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and went right to sleep on my lap.