Border Collies are a popular dogs when it comes to agility and dancing competitions because of their dexterity and intelligence. Falco is one such dog when he and his owner/handler Lukas Pratschker took to the stage at Crufts 2018 to perform in the Heelwork to Music competition.
The auditorium saw wonderful performances by legendary Mary Ray and the heelwork to music winners Skiffle and Lucy Creek. Falco and Lukas’ performance also brought down the house with their country & western routine, performed to “Fake I.D.” by Big and Rich. There’s even a lasso! Many people loved it. “This is great. It’s not often (unless I am mistaken) you get country music with heelwork to music. Wouldn’t it be fun to see a line-dancing dog at Crufts one day,” wrote one.
“What a wonderful dog!,” wrote another. Every year, dog lovers unite for the famous Crufts dog show. In addition to it being a traditional dog show where a best in show winner is named, Crufts also has agility, obedience and flyball competitions. One crowd-favorite at Crufts is the heelwork to music competition. The Kennel Club describes: “Heelwork to Music (HTM) is a relatively recent competitive activity in which participants devise routines of up to four minutes, set to music, and perform the routines with their dog.”
My favorite routine is this cowboy and his Border Collie dancing to the Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson hit song “Fake I.D” These two dance their way through a complicated routine that has lots of fun dance moves that even involve the dog doing the choreography without looking at his owner, and never loses focus! The best part of the routine came at the end, which is when the dog grabs on to the lasso and wrapped it around his owner.