This photo was taken at the first AKC "C" course trial held in California. At that time there was a lot of controversy about whether a dog trained in the normal gathering and fetching style could accomplish this course, as it is AKC's somewhat distorted version of the German HGH course, normally run by two dogs who are trained to work in a very different fashion. Well my feeling is that control of stock is control of stock, and that a really experienced herding dog should be able to control almost any stock in almost any situation. So I entered Bones, and of course he did an exemplary job. As a bit of a joke, I chose to appear in my version of continental European herding garb, which is traditionally a heavy cape (usually wool for protection in cold and rainy weather). I choose a lightweight nylon cape in one of my favorite colors, lavender, plus a purple French beret. As the weather was hot , typical of mid-summer in California's central valley, underneath I was wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt.
This photo was the Judge's idea. Honest, it was his idea. I suspect we had both seen the same classic Art poster, "Expose Yourself to Art", which is rather similar, except of course there is no dog in it.