My dogs, 2003 to the present-

The Girls, Abby and Haley– In the first picture Haley is left and Abby, right.

UCDX, UAGll, Little Miss Dynamite Abby, CD, CDX-H, VER, RL3,(AOE), ATD, TDI, CGC

UCD, UAGll, Miss Princess Haley, UD-H, RL-3, (AOE), ATD, TDI, CGC,

My introduction to competitive dog sports was in the 1970’s, when I trained and competed with our family pet at the time, a Great Pyrenees named Heidi. These were what I call “the dark ages” of competitive dog sports, when a happy dog and having fun was not a priority in training, so I moved on.  Over the next 20 years or so I went to college, got married, operated a dog grooming business, worked as a licensed veterinary technician, trained horses, and managed our purebred sheep flock with my husband. All the while dogs were my mainstay- I have had dogs in my life since the age of 5.

In 2003 it was Abby, our little terrier mix, who brought me back to dog sports when I decided to try what was then the “new” sport of APDT Rally. Wow, the dog sport world had changed so much since the ’70’s! Abby was an exceptional bright light and my teacher in the “new age” of dog training sports (for those of us that are old enough to remember the “dark ages”). Haley joined us later that same year as we took to the new paths of evolving training methods, education and opportunities.  I will always treasure those years with Abby and Haley as my time of enlightenment and growth in dog training.

From 2003-2013 Abby and Haley competed in a variety of sports including Obedience, Rally, Tricks and Treibball, with a couple of Agility titles along the way as well. Combined, they earned 7 Highs in Trial in Obedience (UKC, CDSP) and Awards of Excellence in all 3 levels of APDT Rally. In 2011 Haley earned the #10 spot in the national rankings of CDSP  Utility. In 2012 Abby (at the age of 12 yrs.) earned AKC recognition for being one of the first two All-Americans to earn the AKC Obedience Versatility title (VER). In 2010 we began training Treibball, and in 2012 started participating in the first World Treibball League. In late 2013, Abby (13+ yrs.) and Haley (11 yrs.) both earned their Advanced Trick Dog titles (ATD) through Do More With Your Dog.

We said our final goodbye to Abby on May 5, 2016 at age 16+. She will be greatly missed, and always in my heart. As of Mar. 2018, Haley is still going strong at age 15+ and she still loves to go for walks, play a little treibball and even some fitness parkour! She enjoys bossing our boys, Flash and Wilkie;)

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Flash“, our Whippet boy. His full AKC name is Shannon Down Color in Lines. Born 10/14/2012 and joined our family on May 31, 2014.

Flash is a purebred whippet from racing lines. He is smart, quick, sweet, sensitive and playful. Since his arrival in June 2014 I have been working with him on competition Obedience, Treibball, Parkour, Tricks and FastCAT coursing. He presents some challenges being so sensitive, and definitely not bursting with confidence, but as always my priority is that all training and performing are positive experiences. He is a quick learner who loves to work, and I just adore him-

Flash’s accomplishments so far:

2017- BCAT, (AKC Fast coursing title), with 3 HIT’s! (fastest dog in trial)

2017-TDA (AKC Trick Dog Advanced)

2017- Advanced (ATD) and Expert Trick Dog (ETD)

2016- Obedience- TEAM 1-Fenzi TEAM Titles, Level 1 and Pre-2.

2016- NTD- Novice Trick Dog

2015- IPKD-N, Novice Parkour Dog

2015- Completed  NATE Treibball Skills Certification, Level 2 in all 3 categories: Distance,  Directionals, and Pushing.

2015-17-World Treibball League player

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April 2017, enter 18 month old “Wilkie”, the “Cirpet”! Wilkie is a cross of Whippet and Cirneco dell Etna. Technically that makes him a “Longdog”, which is defined as a cross of 2 sighthound breeds. Or a “Lurcher” if you don’t consider the Cirneco as a true sighthound:) Because of his insatiable curiosity, his official AKC name is “Wilkie Wants To Know”.

We are just now getting acquainted and will see where his sweet disposition, curiosity and high energy takes us!

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