Our dogs are our greatest teachers! We have had the great pleasure of living and learning with these four incredible dogs...
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Strata is our rock-steady, good-as-gold sheltie! He is a go-anywhere, do-anything dog, equally happy in the agility ring as he is snoozing on the couch. If we could bottle Strata's temperament, we would be millionaires. Nothing fazes him. He also has a great sense of humor and wags his tail at the drop of a hat. Pet him just once and you'll have a friend for life!
Katherine and Strata have made several USDAA Regional Championships finals, finished 50th (of 211 teams) at their first AKC National Championships in 2013, and competed at AKC International Team Tryouts in 2013. During his "spare time," Strata earned an AKC Rally Novice title (including one perfect score) and a UKC United Weight Puller title.
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Our sheltie Spark was named for a punk rock band, and he lives up to his namesake's genre: fast, bold, occasionally obnoxious, and loud!
He is Strata's young nephew and we have high hopes for this little rockstar. He finished his Novice Agility Jumpers title in two weekends of trialing and continues to cruise through his AKC agility titles.
Spark is also making a name for himself in the conformation ring. As of October 2014, he has 8 AKC points including two Best of Breed wins over specials and a specialty Best of Opposite, and is also a UKC Grand Champion and winner of a Reserve Best in Multi-Breed Show.
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Finch is our "pocket Springer," weighing in at just 29 pounds! He is incredibly athletic, enthusiastic, and impulsive. His absolute favorite
things are round objects - tennis balls, soccer balls, anything round!
We have had to take our time with Finch due to his fearful nature, which became evident at a very young age. Every day with him is a learning experience for all of us! He is progressing steadily and we are hopeful that someday soon, he'll be able to show off his awesomeness in the agility ring.
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Tessie is Katherine's family pet, the dog that got us started in this wonderful sport! She did not attend her first training class until she was two years old, when she was quite
the handful. Tessie was trained through Novice level obedience when she was attacked by two dogs at a training facility, which resulted in a huge set-back in her behavior.
She flourished when Katherine discovered clicker training and effectively re-trained all of Tessie's behaviors using positive reinforcement. Overcoming her stress in the ring was a career-long task, but Tessie made steady improvement.
Though she enjoyed obedience, rally, and agility, Tessie's true passion was for weight pulling, which she and Katherine discovered in 2007. She has the distinction of being the first English Springer Spaniel to earn a United Weight Pull Champion title from the United Kennel Club. Tessie competed through the fall of 2011 and is currently enjoying her retirement.