In 1994, I visited the Lake District in the United Kingdom and attended a sheep dog demonstration in Keswick. It was there I saw an advertisement for a year old Border Collie called Sweep.
I began agility training Sweep August 1994 and began competing July 1996. Sweep was not an easy dog to train as he had many confidence issues and we had to go very slowly with his training.
In January 1996 I was lucky enough to be given Wiggy a beautiful six month Border Collie who had the work ethic to die for. My involvement in agility by then was complete but I still wanted to try other disciplines as Wiggy was a natural at everything she tried. At flyball she was running in just over four seconds and in obedience she naturally gave me full focus and attention; she was the dog of a lifetime. Hence, we competed with the British Flyball Association 1997 to 1999 and continued competing in UK obedience and agility with much success right up until I came to Canada in August 2007.
Wiggy has been followed by Echo, Grace, Ruby and Tay and Ruby and Tay's pups Drummer, Tinsel and now in 2015 Piper. Misty or Starside Hushabye Mountain joined our family in May 2014 and now her and Piper are best buddys. Tinsel and Drummer are not too left out however, as they love to join in the play too.
AGILITY: Wiggy, Echo and Grace competed both in UK and Canada agility trials with Echo qualifying for the AAC nationals several times. In 2018 Tay and I qualified for the AAC Nationals in Maxville. We continue to work in agility and I am so proud of my boy. Misty and now Piper are showing real promise in agility and so I plan to begin competing with Misty in 2019 and Piper later.
OBEDIENCE: I still enjoy trialing with Ruby and now Drummer has been added to the team. Drummer has really found his niche in obedience and loves the work.
CONFROMATION: Ruby, Drummer, Piper have all achieved their Canadian Championship titles and Misty her Grand Championship title. I love showing my dogs and have received praise on the structure and movement of my dogs by judges.