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By Cheryl Sacerich
Best All Around Sheltie, ASSA National Specialty, 2012 / 2014
Clipz is an amazing dog and we knew that very early on! When he was just 8-weeks- old, I commented to my herding instructor that I needed a sign to help me pick between two puppies I had been considering. The very next day Clipz grabbed an old water bottle being used as a toy in the yard and presented it to me like a formal retrieve of the dumbell. I picked up the bottle and the name brand was "Clear Choice." That day I picked my pup and named him.
His next amazing feat was to do a public demo of duck herding at 4-months-old. And he just got better from there. The best thing about Clipz is that he wants to do whatever activity is scheduled for the day as long as he gets to do it with his people.
And, Clipz has had so many very good people in his camp. We have been so successful at Nationals in getting Best All Around Sheltie twice because we have such a good team. My husband Ulli is a fast runner so he helps with agility. I handle Clipz in herding, obedience and rally. I also help Nancy Runyon get him "pretty" for the conformation ring. Clipz teamed with Nancy and Sue Wyglendowski to earn points toward his conformation championship.
I think he might prefer getting dirty though because he still loves his herding. Clipz is one of only a handful of shelties that have titles herding cows and earned a WTCH, a working trial champion. At Nationals, he competed in all five events, and every month he shows in a variety of venues. But, at the end of every day, you will find my best friend curled up in the small of my back dreaming of fun things to do tomorrow.