While he was preparing for his MBA exams, i passed my HIT (Herding Instinct Test)! Introducing border collie to sheep

While my friend was studying hard for his MBA exams, i successfully passed my Herding Instinct Test.

Here is how the story started. Since my childhood, i had a desire to herd sheep. One time back in the good old days, i saw a sheep in a farm, so i chassed it. i really didn’t know what to do next, but i knew this was something i was born for. Since that moment, i decided to consider it as a career path. Unfortunately, my friend doesn’t own a farm nor sheep. so all my dreams to become a professional one day shattered.

However, my friend never gave up on me. Since whe we arrived to montreal, he started contacting farmers outside Montreal. finally he found someone who offers herding lessons and booked a date!!! What??? Herding lessons???!!. When he told me about it, i couldn’t help it but to tear (don’t believe this part, i didn’t even know what he was talking about).

We had to wait till spring; and when spring showed up, it was time to do it.We drove 1:30 hr to the farm and we kept playing the song “eyes of the tiger”. finally we got there. I knew this was the D-Day.

As a border collie, i don’t bite and i don’t bark to gather sheep. instead, i intimidate the sheep with what we call it : the eye (know for border collies). I was supposed to be like a magician. by simply staring at sheep, they should know where to move. although i was pumped up that day, but this never happened. there was one son of a …….., seems to be the head of the sheep, he was the troublemaker. i couldn’t move him a single inch. so i spoke to the juries and asked them to replace this pack with a more cooperative one. once they changed the sheep, it was magic. i was running around and assisting the shepherd gathering the sheep.

I have posted a video on my youtube channel :

There are several farms that offer such training. if you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me, follow me, like my youtube channel, and leave me a comment.

Lupu is reading books :)

The Camel’s Dead: My Name Is Timothy Conehead the Invincible and I’m a Border Collie. Kathleen Phythian. 112 pages. Animal / Dog / Short / Fun. My Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Book Blurb: This is a tale of a nine month old puppy who was discovered to be living in somebody’s car as […]

via The Camel’s Dead: My Name Is Timothy Conehead the Invincible and I’m a Border Collie Book Review — The Tattooed Book Geek

Lupu the Border Collie might be Olympia one day

Olympia may be a horse show but the Dog Agility trials nearly steal the show. AG CH Darleyfalls Pipistrelle owned by Lee Windeatt won the Large Senior Dog UK Agilty Championship with this run.

via UK Dog Agility Champion — Olympia 2016

How did I get here? importing dogs from the European Union

As I mentioned before, I was born in Hungary, adopted in Romania, and then flew to Canada.(Who am I)

My friend had to prepare for my entry to Canada. at first, I thought because I was very important, but later on, I realized that getting into a country isn’t piece of cake.

Fortunately, my friend made all necessary preparation for my journey, except for the business-class flight ticket. I had to spend the whole trip in my crate, somewhere in the lower compartment of something called Airplane.

Now what do you need to know for this journey, it is the following:

  1. Vaccination : First, you need to check what are the requirements for import to Canada. since Canada is NOT a rabies free, therefore all dogs are required a rabies-vaccination. since I hold an EU Pet Passport (Romanian nationality), my friend had to prove that I am rabies-vaccinated. this can be shown on my EU Pet Passport (an alternative would be a veterinarian certificate).However, I highly recommend that your friend checks again using this link of the government of Canada : Automated Import Reference System
  2.  Air Transport : each airline has its requirement to transport pets. However, most of them share similar requirement. in my case, I needed the following:
    • A certificate from the veterinarian that I am fit to travel
    • proof of vaccination against rabies
    • and as most humans, I still needed my EU Pet Passport to board on the airplane
    • tranquilizing pills (some airlines prohibit giving pills to pets during air transport)
    • a crate should be sized with specific dimensions. some airlines will require the following measurements on international flights. United Airlines is an example of this:
      The length of the kennel must be equal to A + B.
      The width of the kennel must be equal to (C+1) x 2
      The height of the kennel (top flat or arched) must be equal to D + 3″.source: Crate size
  3. Connection flight : I had my connection flight through CDG Paris airport . depending on the airport, my friend had his luggage send directly to final destination. however, he had to pick me up from the “special cargo” belt, and check me in again at the counter for the connection flight. this was a great opportunity for me to have some break. walk a bit and play with other passengers at the airport. I was allowed to be inside the airport building, but under one condition, to be on leash. Also, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport allowed me to be on leash at the terminal.
  4. Clearing at the custom : I had to undergo inspection by a CBSA officer. my friend had to pay the fees. back then, it was CAD 32. today, it might have changed a bit (apparently higher). the inspection is first to make sure that my EU Pet Passport shows a valid vaccine, as well to make sure that I was transported in a humane way (in one piece with no broken bones).

this is all you need to know about travelling from a European Union country to my lovely now home in Montreal-Canada.


Must have items for a happy dog!

No, that’s not Santa in disguised, it’s me styling a red cape and boots I received as a gift from my friend. I swear, I tried to please him and show appreciation but I guess my face says it all… .



Well, he buys me lots of things. Some I like more than others but I know he is doing his best.  So I’ve made the tour of my assets yesterday and this is what I have in my inventory:

  • A bed (or two 😉
  • Food and treats
  • Toys
  • Chewing bones
  • Poop bags (oups, what is this, I never used it)
  • Collar and tag attached (very useful when I get lost)
  • Leash
  • Water and food bawls (always full)
  • Grooming Supplies
  • A car
  • A yard
  • A sofa and king bed (but only when my friend is not at home:))
  • and my favorite … the bin!