My best friends

We all have our best friends, our friends, and then the people who we only know by the name of their dog. In the game of agility there’s usually someone there to cheer you on.

Since I was a shy six year old in a world of adults, I didn’t the very many agility friends. I also had a crazy Parson Russell Terrier who was far from perfect. At the dog shows I would go do my thing in the ring and go right back to coloring or running around. It took me a little bit to get comfortable with people and actually become friends. (I mean come on, who wants to be friends with a kid) Usually during walk-throughs there was always one lady who would come and talk to me and I would just shake my head and smile. Then I would run back to my mom and say; ‘Do you see that lady? She just talked to me!’

Eventually that lady turned into one of my best friends and also introduced me to some new friends who are now like my second mothers. These people (Diann, Elsie, and Judy) all got me started with my border collie Seacrett. They helped me through issues ans cheered me on in the rings! Along with them I’ve become close to a lot of other people who cheer me on and support me. Without these guys I wouldn’t be where I am today, so thank you.

I’m very excited for invitationals this year because they will be driving down with us just to support and watch me run my girls and Phil! I love you guys!

And I can’t leave out everyone else who has congratulated me or cheered me on over the years. I have made a lot of good friends who I will always be friends with because without them too, I would never be where I am.


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I’ll take you with me, where ever I go

Picture from Stephenie Pickrill

May 20th, 2012 the agility community lost a precious soul. Judy Shinogle was killed in an accident on the Washington beltway on Sunday morning. She had Bruni and Siegfred in the back of her car and sadly Sieg was the only one to make it out. Even though Judy and Bruni left us that day, I refuse to forget her. The whole time I had known her, she was always optimistic and exciting. Her German Shorthaired Pointers (Bruni and Siegfred) would do anything for her. Bruni and Siegfred went to the 2011 Invitational in Orlando, Florida and Bruni even made finals. This past year she moved Bruni to performance and ran through her novice and open titles. Siegfred was working on going to the upcoming invitationals. She also wanted to go as the number one GSP. Seig will go to invitationals, but it won’t be the same without Judy there.

These last couple weeks that Seacrett and I have been pushing our way through the standings, hoping to run at the invitational as well, I feel Judy has been with us. She was one of the first people to know that I was trying to go and starting from a position in the top 20, it was a long shot. She supported us till the very end and I know she helped get us there. She was always cheering us on in the stands and always asked how our runs went. Judy would usually try to help me with some of my school work that I took to the shows (being a student I usually had a boat load of work).

 When we go to Florida, I intend to take part of Judy with us. I will wear her ribbon and bracelet when I run. We all miss Judy and wish we could have her for one more show. Her story proves the saying ‘You never know when your last run will be so enjoy every moment you have with your dogs.’ That Saturday was her last run together with her dogs and knowing Judy she was most definitely leaving happy. I know she’ll be watching us from somewhere out there and cheering us on from above..

Kruiser: My Miracle

Kruiser is my ten year old Parson Russell Terrier. I’ve had him since I was six and he was six months. He was my first agility/confo dog (even though conformation didnt last that long) He was a very sweet dog but in the ring he was a devil dog. He would bite, jump A-frames, not sit on the table, trip me, miss weave poles, etc… Having all his training done by a seven year old he was not mechanically skilled. I didnt have very much patience with him and some times were rough and when we did actually do well it was wonderfull. Everyone came to love our team. When he was four years old he ran into a door and cracked two vertibrae in his back and knocked his head off his shoulders. We didn’t realize this until after a vet had told us he needed to be put down and a chiropractic adjustment that just made his injuries worse. Kruiser came to learn that when people he didn’t know touched him it hurt. Therefore he would grow at people and other dogs who got in his ‘space.’ After recovering from the injury (he took a year and a half off) he came back to showing in open standard and excellent a jumpers. He still had his same old issues as before but with new issues to work through also. After another 6 months he finally got out of open (with his normal embarassing moments) and into excellent in both classes. Slowly he became more consistent with his issue areas and we ran around the issues instead of training through them. Eventually he had one double q then two and so on.. My goal was to get all 20 double q’s before they changed the table to a stand/sit/down. At the berks show in august Kruiser got his last double q for his Mach. The first day after the table rule change. Along the years Kruiser had picked up some followers and there were a lot of tears shed here. It was truly my miracle. A small girls dream came true..

Worshops 2012

<p>I recently went to a two a day workshop in Barto Pennsylvania with Mary Ellen Barry, Rachel Sanders, and Jen Pinder. I did running dog walks and sizzling seesaws with Jen and weaves fix it and directional with Rachel. (Unfortunately I we not get any time with Mary Ellen) I took Phil my 18 month on border collie. I we not get a lot out of the other sections but the weaves really got me thinking. Some of the old methods that have been ‘abandoned’ are now.coming back into play. 2x2x’s are definitely the best way to train the weaves. But since every way has its down fall there is also a need for fixxers. Wires are a great way to build speed and confidence. Weave poles that are three inches shorter than the dogs head will cause the head to lower making the dog quicker. These fixes shocked me but they did make sense, sometimes we try to make it harder in ourselves than need be. Philly and I had a great time and learned a lot!

About Me

So this is my first blog post so it will be short and sweet. I have three border collies that are named after the tv show Deadliest Catch (Seacrett, Karli Renay, and Phil). Seacretts register name is Sagehills Deadliest Catch Ever. Karli was named after a boat that sank with the register name Wrens After the Catch (also after a tv show related to Deadliest Catch) and then there is Phil who was name d in memory of the Captain of the Cornelia Maria, Phil Harris. his register name is Sagehills Floating of Forever. I also have another older border collie named Tera and a Jack Russel named Kruier. That’s all for now!