Ivie

1 May 2001 – 18 December 2015

Ivie was rehomed to me as “IQ” in October 2006, at 5.5 years old.  Josie was only 6 months at the time, and Ivie taught me *so* much about how to handle a fast Border Collie.  I attribute most of my ability to think on my feet to learning to run an already fully trained black blur named Ivie.

It took a few months of having Ivie for us to click, but with the help of friends and instructors, we were soon running like a well-oiled machine.  She was in Masters when I got her, but had only a few games Q’s if I recall.  A few trials in, we earned our MAD together, and in March of 2007 we earned ADCH on a Jumpers run.  Not the greatest jumper on the planet, 3 of our subsequent ADCH’s (Bronze, Sliver, Gold) have been earned on Jumpers runs.  She earned her ADCH-Platinum in February of 2012 and enjoyed her active, retired lifestyle very much.

Ive qualified for USDAA Cynosport Games in 2007, our first season together, but I opted to stay home until Josie was old enough to qualify as well.  We attended our first Games in 2008, and Ivie was a force to be reckoned with.  Not only did our team make the Relay Finals, but Ivie also made it into Steeplechase AND Grand Prix Finals!  While my nerves took over in the Finals, she was an absolute rock-star and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from her.  What a thrill (and what a way to get spoiled) for my first time at such a large, exciting event.

Since Ivie taught me everything I know about handling a super great Border Collie, I have let her teach others in years past.  Having never run a dog in agility before, my husband was able to run her rather successfully after very little practice.  She’s just a very good, honest working dog.  My good friend Andrew Spencer showed her a good deal for a few years, as dealing with my husband’s deployment and raising a litter of puppies left me with plenty else on my plate.  She has let others with no previous border collie experience get the feel of the rush it is to run her on course, and it has helped them prepare for their own border collies.

One of Ivie’s favorite things in the whole world was entertaining children.  She and Josie entertained the crowds at the TX State Fair in 2009 and while Josie avoided the meet’n’greet after show, Ivie lived for it.  She’d have dozens of kids crowding around waiting for a chance to hug on her and she never budged except when the joy overtook her and she had to woo-woo!  I always took her to entertain at birthday parties, and anytime kids are involved, Ivie was the dog in charge.

I’ve never seen a dog sleep in more uncomfortable positions than Ivie.  Give her a dog bed, and she’ll get underneath it and contort her body in such a way that you have to look twice to figure out which end is up.  Perhaps Ivie’s most popular behavior aside from her intense tugging antics is her endearing “woo-woo’s“.  She makes a howling-like noise when she’s excited and over time we’ve put it on cue.

Ivie was a very easy dog to live with, and has been since a few months into our relationship when she finally realized I wasn’t going to throw the ball indoors nonstop for her amusement.  She played when you wanted her to, and napped the rest of the time.  Ivie enjoyed swimming as long as it was into a body of water with a natural entrance (pools, docks, and lakes with walls around them are a no-go), and she’d fetch anything you could throw.  She wasn’t a fan of new dogs all up in her space, but she would just retreat until the newbie settled down and could peacefully coexist with nearly anyone for most of the time we had her.  If there ever was just an ‘easy keeper’, Ivie was it.  She didn’t demand much.  Just some food, some lovings, and some exercise (preferably agility) when you saw fit.  I was so very lucky to have been given such a wonderful dog in the prime of her life.  She’s built like a rock and structurally awesome, so right up until a week before she passed at 14.5, she was still able to hike, play frisbee, and dabble in backyard agility.  Love & miss my Ivernators!

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