Rodear means to go around, or circle, or surround something. In Fort Klamath, in August, it means
"a competition of one rider, one horse and one dog, sorting cattle out of a large herd followed by dog work and team work..."
That's what happens at the 2007 Championship Rodear from August 24th through the 28th. It's a good chance to see some of the best cowdogs [and handlers] west of the Mississippi. For an up-to-date list of cowdog trials, check out the USBCHA links in the sidebar and visit the calendar page of the Cow Dog News.
And yes, there are good cowdogs and handlers east of the Mississippi. At the 2007 National Cattledog Finals in Torrington, Wyoming, the top three finishers were all from Virginia. Denise Wall took this photo of Sonny and owner/handler Roy Johnson of Gladys, Virginia, at the Red Top Challenge Cattledog Trial three years ago. This month, 2007 Cattledog Champion Sonny is on the cover of the latest issue of The Working Border Collie Magazine.
Patrick over at Terrierman's Daily Dose, also in Virginia, has a good post filled with "odds of dying" data, along with a helpful graphic illustrating the comparative odds of hanging up your tennies due to heart disease [1 in 5], bicycle accident [about 1 in 5,000] or bee sting [1 in 56,700], and reminding us that the odds of dying of any cause are holding steady at a thought-provoking 1 in 1.
Patrick has superimposed a red arrow on the graphic indicating that the odds of being killed by a dog are about the same as the likelihood of dying in an earthquake, which must be comforting news to someone who lives in Virginia with spannable Jack Russells. Kind of a major bummer for those of us living next to the San Andreas Fault with packs of pit bulls, though. [Coroner: "Cause of her death is undetermined at this time. Oh, who am I kidding! It was the dogs and the falling chimney."]
I've added a link in the sidebar to the Kansas City Dog Advocates site, where you'll find information on this year's Canine Legislation Conference. Important issues and interesting speakers.
My hero Wallace the Pit Bull will be there with his human, Andrew "Roo" Yori. Roo and Waz deserve a blog post all to themselves, and one is in the works. Here's a teaser ;~)