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Border collie and trainer enthralled on “America’s Got Talent” to perform at National Western Stock Show – The Denver Post

There will be dogs aplenty performing and competing at the National Western Stock Show this year, but even in a field where smart animals are routine, 6-year-old Hero is a show stopper.

A border collie who can walk on his front legs, jump rope and dance, Hero is a dervish on stage spinning and jumping on command, landing on trainer Sara Carson’s back and balancing on the bottom of the trainer’s upturned feet.

Hero has been featured in commercials for Petco, the Pet Network, and this year he and Carson placed fifth in America’s Got Talent’s 12th season.

He is one of four border collies in Carson’s Super Collies act. He will be the only one of the four to appear at the Stock Show.

Carson, 23, and Hero will perform in the NWSS Xtreme Dog Show, a family friendly event that features dogs doing tricks, aerial stunts and comedy antics. The show is at 3 p.m. on Jan. 15, and at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Sara Carson and Hero appear on "America's Got Talent" in July 2017.

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Sara Carson and Hero appear on “America’s Got Talent” in July 2017.

But they won’t be the only dogs appearing at the show. Stock dog trials, featuring dogs that herd cattle and sheep, are scheduled from Jan. 18 through Jan. 21.

Most of those about 100 or so dogs are border collies, as well, said Bob Wagner, NWSS stock dog superintendent.

They are motivated by the same drive to work that makes Carson’s collies eager to learn and go through their paces. But, Wagner said,  “that’s kind of a different skill set.”

Speaking in a telephone interview from Reno, where she and her dogs were appearing at the Eldorado Theater’s Christmas Extravaganza, Carson said she and the dogs get a lot of attention.

“We drive around and Hero and I are on the side of the bus and we’re on signs all over the mall. It is a very cool feeling.”

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