Cathy Withall never had any intention
of writing a write a
blog. She'd has never considered herself as a creative writer in any way,
shape or form. In fact, she used to hate having to write stories at college. Her heart
would sink when faced by nothing more than a title and a blank page. At one
stage, she did
keep a diary, full of the usual teenage angst, but as she grew older, a
diary became just a way of tracking appointments and events. But then she got
Storm, a Husky X and now it is a
Akitas & Agility - Think Again
Walsh was introduced the Akita as a breed about five years ago when he met another dog walker
with a lovely Akita girl. When the bitch became too much for the owner to handle, she was
rehomed to another family. Billy was devastated as he would have jumped at the chance to
give her a home. A while later, he got his Akita puppy Otis and now they can be seen
frequently around the agility rings in the North West. We asked his to write a short
article about his experience with his running partner Otis (Musn't Grumble)
Big Dogs Can Jump
Although Great Danes are not usually known for their agility, Blake, a 70-kilo Harlequin
Great Dane, is ever ready to spring into action. When his owner Jill Gibson took him
along to her local agility club, they said he was too big to cope with the obstacles.'
Undeterred, Jill decided to set up her own agility club for giant breeds.
The Bracco Italiano
Brierley has owned a Bracco Italiano since 2002. They are a rare breed of dog in
this country and were even rarer in 2002. She was first introduced to the breed
at Discover Dogs and fell in love with them immediately. As they are high energy
dogs that need to be well exercised and their minds kept occupied, Anne thought of
doing Agility with them. Well, why not...
Competing with a Kooikerhonje
When Mark and Gill Duggan spotted the
Kooikerhondje in a dog breed book and it was like a eureka moment. They
had finally found the dog they were looking for. When they started their
agiity journey, they did not realise how much it would change their
Competing with a Xolo
ever you’re doing a pub quiz and get asked to name a dog breed beginning with X,
the answer is Xoloitzcuintle. Also known as the Mexican Hairless, it certainly isn’t the first breed
you'd think of as a sports dog! Sarah Hamblin has kind of fallen in to the world
of agility and dog sports - as many of us did! It certainly wasn’t a
consideration when she became a Xolo owner! She gets a lot of questions about
competing with such an rare and unusual breed when they're out and about so she
was more than happy to share some with the Agilitynet community!
was in 1988 when a friend named Jill Crawford introduced 11 year old Jason Loper to the sport
of dog agility. Little did she know that he would be hooked for life! Jason likes to share his
insights and stories with other Samoyed owners and people who do the sport of Dog Agility. He
believes it's helpful for beginners to learn about other people's 'First Times' at an agility
trial. With that he is going to tell you about his first show with his boy Quazar!
X Lurcher Deefer (10) has been training with her owner Amy Lawson at Chippenham Agility Club
for nearly nine years now. For the most part, she really enjoys it except when she'd prefer to
sunbathe. During that time, she's had
quite a few clear rounds in Jumping and the occasional clear in Agility. There'd have been more
Agility clears if Deefer hadn't insisted on jumping the Up contact. But that was before the
accident. Now she gets nearly all of her contacts! This is her remarkable story...
Renée Heginbotham and her husband were suffering from empty basket syndrome when they
decided to get another puppy. They chose Mabel who ma be the fastest Westie in...
agility. Oh yes, don't mention her ears!
Niko secured himself an early Christmas
present recently as he jumped, ran and weaved his way to his Bronze Agility Warrant,
making him only the second Pug ever to have achieved this award.
Paddington's First Holiday
It's Dogs in Need time and the Smith family
are off to an agility show in Suffolk with their three bears - Rupert, Big Max and their
new puppy Paddington. Baby bear Paddington reads from his diary...
Pancho the Pug
Usually when you say agility dogs, most people think
Collies or Poodles' but when you say Pugs, you should see their faces! Pugs have a reputation
for being fat lazy dogs who can only jump onto the sofa. So when we met Laure Metairie and her
all black pug Pancho at the Axstane show we were pleasantly surprised. So charmed were we that
we asked Laure to write a few lines about their agility goals and experience thus far.