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HTCH WTCH Mikatura's Raine Maker

 "Raine "

TuckerCreek Ballad'O SallyRose DNA-VP ATDd OTDs STDc, CKC HS x Ruff Stock Power Stroke STDsdc DNA-VP

Date of Birth ~ September 2, 2004

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Raine qualified for an ASCA 2009/2010 Award of Merit as the #7 Post Advanced Trial Dog - Sheep!!


25 October 2008...

We are extremely proud to announce that Raine received her final qualifying score
to become Mikatura's first WTCH!
HUGE congratulations to Raine and her fantastic owner Laurie!
And many thanks to ASCA Stockdog Judge Wally Butler, and all the other ASCA judges,
for seeing the "star" in this young lady!

Raine lives Missouri with Laurie, Colin & Collier, a great family, both human & canine! 

Laurie is a certified animal behaviorist, teaches obedience classes for Noah's Ark & specializes in working with difficult dogs.
Laurie is Raine's trainer & handler...what an AWESOME pair! We are very proud of them both!!!

Updates from Laurie & Raine:

October 12, 2010 - note from Laurie...Just wanted to give you a quick update on Raine. She finished her PATDs this weekend with a score of 110 and a 3rd place, judge was Jerry Rowe. She had a beautiful run. Then she worked the stock pens all weekend as the set out dog for cattle and everyone said the cattle were never calmer or worked better. Raine loves to do chore work. I don't know if you saw this or not but also finished #7 Merit Award PATDc and #7 PATDs. She is still my right hand on the farm and is doing well she is probably the most requested stockdog at trials as she sets them so quietly from the pens.

For 2009/2010 in ASCA, Raine finished #7 in the Merit Awards for PATDc and #7 in the Merit Awards for PATDs!

Raine likes to keep you busy updating.  She finished her ASCA novice obedience title this weekend (November 2009).  So gets to add the "CD" to her ASCA titles.  Also she finished her ASCA Elite Jumpers title in agility...She got 2 first places in agility and a 3rd place in obedience!

September 15, 2009 ... Raine finished her Advanced Farm Trial title (AFTDs) this weekend in Wisconsin with a first place win. She is also working hard on the new farm. We just had Gordon Watt over from England for 2 weeks for clinics and lessons. I couldn't have pulled it off without Raine. She did all the sorting and bringing sheep to wherever Gordon wanted them. She also played set out dog for the BC's at that level and held sheep for young dogs to go around. She started work each day at sunrise and still did chores after the clinic was over. She never quits.

June 9, 2009 - note from Laurie...We went to Georgia this last weekend and she finished her ASCA open farm trial dog title on sheep. She gets to add OFTDs.


June 1, 2009 - note from Laurie...Raine finished her AKC Advanced Course A sheep and duck titles this weekend. She placed 4th on ducks and 5th on sheep in mostly bc trial.  So she gets to add HXAsd!


May 10, 2009 - note from Laurie...I was helping out at our breed/obedience/agility trial this weekend so I entered Raine. Raine finished her open agility title in jumpers with 2 first place wins. I also entered Raine in obedience for the first time and she got 2 legs of her CD. She got third place today.

May 6, 2009 - note from Laurie...Raine and I took time off from the new farm to trial last weekend. Raine finished a couple of AHBA open field titles. She finished her HTDIIId (second place) and HTDIs (third place). She also picked up 2 more championship points (She only needs 3 more). I don't think I told you but she got her first leg in ASCA open farm trial in Georgia a couple of months ago. She got 4th place. Hope to get in a couple more farm trials and PATD this year.


Her main job right now is chicken dog. She gathers the chickens in the evenings when I need to leave the farm before they want to roost. She loves it. I've had several people tell me you can't work chickens but Raine can. They are different than ducks but Raine has figured out how to group them and put them through the little chicken door. She then puts her head in the little door to keep them in until I can close it! Of course she also does sheep chores each day. She loves the new farm.


November 2, 2008 - note from Laurie...Raine and I had another great weekend herding at our fall AHBA trial. Raine finished 2 titles HTADIII on sheep and ducks Her scores this weekend earned her 5 championship points...10 needed for HTCH!

25 October 2008 - We are extremely proud to announce that Raine received her final qualifying score to become Mikatura's first WTCH!  HUGE congratulations to Raine and her fantastic owner Laurie!  And many thanks to ASCA Stockdog Judge Wally Butler, and the other ASCA stockdog judges, for seeing the "star" in this young lady!

October 5, 2008 - Raine and I stopped off in Atlanta this weekend on our way to Kentucky to do a little cattle herding. She had a great weekend. She finished her Open cattle title with a first place. We then moved up to Advanced cattle and she got her first leg with a first place and high scoring cattle prize. She only missed high in trial by 2 points (her first advanced score was 108!) So she only needs 1 more leg to get her WTCH (I guess all our hard work on cattle is starting to pay off). Raine was so good this weekend both judges commented on how nice she was. Many thanks to Judge Bill VanHeck and Judge Joey Judd!

September 21, 2008 - Laurie wrote..."I was going to help our herding club by working at an AKC trial last weekend so I entered Raine so she could get some more practice on cattle. On Saturday Raine got a Reserve High In Trial from the started cattle class. She had a beautiful run and was only beaten out of High In Trial by a half a point. She also picked up her first legs in Advanced Sheep and Ducks with a Fifth place win."

September 8, 2008 - Raine and I tried ASCA agility this weekend for the first time and she did quite well. We are starting to have a few trials in the area so we thought we give it a go.  Raine finished her Novice Gamblers title with 2 first place finishes. She also completed her Novice Jumpers title with a first and a second place finish!

August 9, 2008 - Raine finished her AKC Rally obedience title today. We just missed placing but she had a nice run. Also a couple of weeks ago Raine earned her first MACH points in agility!

April 20 2008 - Raine and I competed at a local AHBA sheepdog trial this weekend and Raine did very well. Our AHBA trials offer stiff competition from some of the top BC's in this area so they are always top notch trials.

On Saturday Raine qualified both runs with Fourth Place finishes to earn her Herding Ranch Dog III title! She placed fourth behind 3 of the best BC's in this area (she beat several). Raine's pen work scores were the highest of any dog. On her first run she got full points on her outrun lift and fetch (about 150 yards). In fact her turn around the post was so tight the sheep almost did a 180.  Sunday Raine qualified with Third place finishes to earn her Herding Trial Arena Dog II title. Her driving was great and she got full points at the pen both times. She is also becoming really good at shedding, I think she likes the challenge.  Now that Raine has the HRDIIIs title she can compete for championship points!!!

April 2008 - Raine and I found an AHBA trial in Memphis last weekend on the way home from a business trip to Kentucky, so while Colin was at a gun show in Memphis, Raine and I tried the local sheep.  Raine finished her Ranch Dog II title with a first place win!  The sheep were very different from what we are used to working. They were used to being moved by people not dogs. They were difficult to work, they ran over some of the dogs. They didn't challenge Raine at all, of course she is used to holding and moving our ewes and lambs so she isn't bothered by a sheep that faces off with her.

March 2008 - Raine and I made it to the trial on Sunday and she qualified to earn the second leg of her AKC Rally Obedience Excellent title with a fourth place finish!

A week earlier...Laurie had this to say about Raine..."She has only worked ducks at a trial, she really isn't sure what they are. Thank goodness she takes my commands! Sheep are her thing."
(Laurie & Raine had a chance to meet & work with Alasdair MacRae, 9 time USBCHA Finals Champion Border Collie breeder & trainer), Alasdair said "I can see that she would be quite a useful bitch." High praise, we think, from a man who owns some of the best working dogs in the world!!!  Laurie went on to say, "He said that he thinks Aussies come on slower than BC's so she's too young to see what she might someday be. So in other words we have to keep training. Raine spent the day sorting out lambs to wean and helping me catch them to worm and vaccinate. She is the best farm dog. There isn't anything she can't do and she never gets tired or bored with it. She's always there when I call but not bugging me when I want her out of the way. Anyway she's exhausted so I hope she has some energy left for the obedience trial.  I have some cattle photos I'll send you, she has only worked cattle at a trial as well but seems okay with them."

March 1, 2008 - Raine and I hit the trial arena today and she came home with her started duck title! She also qualified with a Fourth Place to earn the first leg of her Advanced Sheep title!

March 3, 2008 - Raine finished her Agility Excellent Jumpers title this weekend with First and Third place finishes. With her 3rd place she missed first place by less than 2 seconds. Agility competition is so tough. She also got the first leg of her Open Fast title with a Third Place finish!

We will now take some time off agility trialing so I can sharpen up her weaves and turns. We have several herding trials coming up in the next few months and we will be returning to Wisconsin in May to work with Derek Scrimgeour. Also Alasdair MacRae moved and he now lives about 40 miles from us. We have our first lesson this Friday. We'll see what the 9 time USBCHA champion thinks of little Raine!

21 January 2008 - Raine finished her AKC novice agility FAST class title this weekend with a Third Place win! The dog's that placed 1st and 2nd were owned by a USA world team member.  Raine is really doing well. She is happy because we have lambs now and she loves the new baby lambs. Our sheep numbers have grown to almost 50 which of course Raine approves of. She helps almost everyday with the sheep, I have to make her take a day off, she would work herself to death!


2 December 2007 - Raine finished her AKC started sheep title on Saturday with a fourth place finish.  She had a very nice run, despite the weather: windy and freezing rain.


November 2007 - Raine and I have been busy training, but have found time to pick up a few legs and a new title!  This weekend Raine finished her AKC Open Jumpers title with 2 First Place and 1 Second Place finish. So I moved her up to Excellent A Jumpers and she not only qualified but ran the course in a smoking 11 seconds under course time. On a jumpers course that's incredible (it was a 43 sec. course and Raine ran it in 32 sec.)So she picked up the first leg of her Excellent Jumpers title with a First Place finish! Raine also finished the first 2 legs of her Novice FAST class title with a First place and a Second Place.


A couple of weeks ago Raine ran in an AHBA trial in the Ranch Large Flock class. She qualified with a Fourth Place for her first leg. Raine was the only non-border collie to qualify on this course. The gather, and drive were in a fifty acre field with 25 head of sheep. Raine was the only non-border collie that could be sent and gathered the sheep successfully.


September 2007 - Raine and I competed in the ASCA Whiskey Creek Classic this weekend and she had a wonderful weekend!  She finished her started cattle title with 2 Third Place finishes. She also completed her Open sheep title with 2 Third Place finishes as well. She had beautiful runs on the sheep and cattle. Calm and Confident. She got her first leg on Started ducks with a Second Place finish. This was the first time Raine had ever seen ducks.


Raine is really doing great. It's hard for me to believe she is 3. We have several agility trials coming up and some more herding a little later in the fall. I want to get her in novice obedience but can't fit it in yet. Too many herding and agility trials coming up this fall. We are also going out to California in October to work with Derek again. So her name is longer again!!


April 2007  - Raine qualified on Saturday for the first leg of her HRD II-s title with a First Place win and a very nice run. She also qualified on Sunday for both legs of her HTAD I-s title with SECOND PLACE wins on both legs!



Taken this spring at a USBCHA trial...Raine was waiting at the post to go on outrun & then showing off her beautiful movement!


March 2007 - Raine qualified both days to finish her ASCA Started Sheep title this weekend!  Raine had two beautiful runs. Cool on her sheep but definitely in control.


November 2006 - Raine finished her AKC Novice Agility Jumpers title with another first place win!

earlier in the month...Raine competed in her first AHBA Ranch Dog Trial this weekend. She finished her HRD I title with 2 First Place wins. On her second leg she also got a Reserve High In Trial !

She really did a wonderful job. Both judges said she was just great.


Judge Kathy Heileman gave her a first place and Judge Wendy Peters gave her a first place and Reserve High In Trial.  Raine really worked well and Wendy said that Raine was really my partner and we were working together and not just following commands.  I stopped on the way home and got Raine a sirloin steak. She said YUM.


Raine is so cool. Thanks for letting me have such a wonderful dog.    .....Laurie"


High In Trial - 2006

Raine and her talented owner Laurie do so many things, and do them so well!  Herding & agility are their current venues.




September 17, 2006 update - Raine debuted in AKC agility this weekend with a bang. She qualified both days in Novice Jumpers with perfect scores of 100 and TWO FIRST PLACE finishes.

I only entered in jumpers and not in standard because I didn't want to stress her on her first weekend. She wasn't stressed at all. She just burned both her courses and everyone thought she was amazing. She will be in a trial in October!

Whooo hoooo Raine!!!! We're very proud of Raine and her wonderful "Mama" Laurie!


Last weekend at the AKC herding trial she earned the first leg of her PT under judge Dana McKenzie. Dana said Raine was one of the nicest working Aussies she had seen. She spent about an hour after our run talking to me and drawing out some elaborate diagrams which she thought might help Raine. She really just couldn't say enough good things about Raine. She wrote on her scoresheet that Raine was an excellent dog!!!

Raine didn't pass the first day under the other judge Gerard Boudet. He didn't like the fact that we were driving the course instead of fetching (rules say either is okay). He actually got in front to the sheep and tried to get Raine to fetch the sheep to him.  Dana actually said Raine was pretty awesome to be able to drive those fetchy sheep away from the judge who was doing everything he could to get Raine to fetch. Raine only missed one obstacle, otherwise she would have passed. Anyway this judge couldn't let this go and kept asking people about how I ran the PT course the next day. Raine was the talk of that trial and we were only there for practice in the PT. It was fun and Raine is so cool to work. My friend Paula was watching and she told me how nervous she was. She asked if I was nervous and I really wasn't because I just feel Raine can get the job done and she really works for me not for herself. She's so awesome. I think I have a closer bond with her than any dog I've ever had.

She loves the new pup Bandit and is teaching her the ropes. Raine has become the undisputed leader of the canine pack and she is a wonderful teacher and leader.

May 11, 2006 update - Raine passed her Therapy Dogs International test tonight. So now she can officially accompany Ellie and Brownie on therapy visits to the hospitals etc.!

May 7, 2006 update - another note...Raine qualified on Saturday with a nice score of 98 to earn the last leg of her AKC Novice Rally Obedience title!  I decided to move her up to advanced today and she qualified to get her first leg in Rally advanced and she had a great time. She also won high scoring dog with a herding title both days.


Whoohooo a new game!!!
Note Raine has come a long way since this first time with sheep! :-)

Other wins:

~ May 11, 2006 - Therapy Dogs International certification
May 7, 2006 - AKC Novice Rally Obedience title

~ October 2005 - AHBA HCT-s title
~ 1st place in the 9-12 month puppy bitch class - Judge Sharon Rowe

Raine's first show...

1st place in her class of 2-4 month puppy bitches

Judge Wayne Fessenden

Laurie & Colin made the long trek from Missouri to Alberta to pick up Raine and meet all the other dogs.

Watch for Laurie & Raine in more conformation, obedience, agility & herding as well!

Raine says, "I love this...I can chase sheep and they call it herding!" :-)

(underlined names on the following pedigree are links to either a photo or web page for that particular dog)

Ruff Stock Power Stroke STDsdc OTDc DNA-VP

WTCH Crown Point Crimson Tide PATDcs RTDcs DNA-CP

Crown Point Kemo Sabe

WTCH CH The Hawk of Las Rocosa CD RDg

CrownPoint Tarcoola Blue RD STDc OTDds

Crown Point KK Khyan

WTCH LasRocosa KubliaKhan Crown Pt RDX

CrownPoints Just-a-bear

Deharos Mystic Mistress Cali DNA-CP

Deharos Rio Bravo

WTCH Las Rocosa Charlie Glass CD RDx

WTCH Windsongs Seasoned Salt RDX

WTCH Zephyrs Black Magic Woman RDX DNA-CP

HOF WTCH Las Rocosa Bonny Kyle RDX

Windsong's Dark Delight STDc

TuckerCreek Ballad'O SallyRose DNA-VP ATDd OTDs STDc, CKC HS  ASCA HOF Can CH WTCH LasRocosa
 Toms Thunder HA RTDcs HTDIIId HTDIIs
 CH Las Rocosa Tom Bull Wolf STDs  HOF CH Las Rocosa Little Wolf STDcd
 STDcd (HOF)
 Las Rocosa Tumbleweed of Coppertone
 LasRocosa Riata  HOF WTCH Las Rocosa Bonny Kyle RDX
 Las Rocosa Four a Blossom STDc
High Plains Pincie Creek Panda HS STDsd  PetersRanch Dillon  Hangin' Tree Spook OTDc STDds DNA-CP
 Hangin' Tree Roja
 Pincie Creek Bittersweet Babe RD STDcds  WTCH Hangin' Tree Blue Bear CD RD
 WTCH Slash V Bittersweet Sis STDcds

Back Row l-r ~ Ellie the worried rescue Aussie, Raine leader of the pack
Front row l-r ~Bandit aka the demon dog, Brownie the happy dog, Dream the wannabe Aussie

Raine and her new canine family!

Best friends!

Raine at 10 weeks of age

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'Bella' & 'Raine" ~ enjoying a treat

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