As an 8 week old, Sioux would escape from her pen by climbing a 5 foot gate which we thought was completely puppy proof. We couldn't figure out how she was getting out until we hid from sight and watched her claw her way up the gate, perch precariously on the top before climbing down the other side. Freedom.
At 6 months of age, we took Sioux and some of her litter mates over to a friend's place to have a go on some quiet sheep. We were deciding which one or two to keep and which to sell. On looking at Sioux, our friend suggested "she'd be the first one I'd sell." I never quite understood why but I was a bit peeved as I liked this bitch and had decided she was the one I was keeping. She had been the one I picked at one week of age and I wasn't budging.
Sioux ran her first Open trial in Scotland in 2008 when she was 15 months old - 450 yard outrun, which she nailed like a pro, and finished in 4th place. Two days later, on a bigger course and a blind 650 yard outrun, Sioux finished 5th in the Open. I was gobsmacked at her ability to spot sheep and go out for them so perfectly. But being so young, I decided to keep her away from trials for most of the summer and just play around at home.
As a two year old and in my second year of trialling, Sioux won 5 Open trials and qualified for and ran in her first Welsh National.
Her 2010 trial season results were 3 wins and 21 placings. She qualified for her first double fetch final at Llanarthne in August, finishing 2nd in the final.
The start of the 2011 season saw Sioux place 4 times in trials before being sidelined in May for the rest of the season due to a dislocated toe. She underwent surgery with her toe having to be pinned in four places and her foot placed in a cast for two months. We spent the rest of the year and all winter slowly rehabilitating her.
Sioux made a return to trialling in 2012 and continued her consistent performances. She started to show what I saw as a 15 month old - that she was especially good on the bigger courses. She was 3rd in the Clun trial and then followed this with a 5th place in her first attempt at the Blaenglowon Fawr Talgarreg Double Fetch trial.