See them on Your Tube!
The attached You Tube video shows Scamp, Cy and CT zooming through a flexible tunnel and dodging in and out of poles. Not only do Cy and CT do agility, but also they are therapy dogs and pet fashion models. Like the top human athletes, canine athletes donate valuable time to charity work and model their own clothing lines. (Check them out in retail at http://carolynsoriginals.weebly.com ) Raja insists I bark up that it should now be obvious to all doubters that Shih Tzus are not just for laps! (But they like laps too.) Scamp, Cy and CT compete on weekends at various trials, racing against their own records and staying fit and healthy.
Meet me in the St. Louis Olympics!
The 13th Annual Spirit of St. Louis Canine Games, open to all dogs and benefiting Samoyed Rescue, is happening Sunday September 27. There’s still time to sign up- and it’s all about fun, so no experience necessary. Is that cool or what?! http://www.stlsamoyed.com/uploads/2009_Entry_Form.pdf
Raja’s friend, Bailey the American Eskimo Dog is going, but Bailey has had considerable experience. She, along with pup pals Jackson, Duffy, Georgie, Gilbert and Buster (all 6 have met through Dogster.com and the Games are an opportunity to meet nose to nose!) has been working at agility for quite a while. Bailey has never stayed in a hotel before, so this trip is the beginning of Bailey’s own Travel Dog adventures on the road! Bailey learns agility in her doggy daycare. She loves the A Frame, the Teeter, the Dog Walk and the Tunnels. See her pictures practicing at her daycare giver’s farm.
Meet a rising star puppy athlete and her mentor!
Little Cara the Shih Tzu puppy is just starting out following in her older canine sister Chloe’s paw prints in agility and therapy work. Cara’s finding walking on a ramp and running through the tunnel challenging and we can see her thinking about it watching her earnest little back She’ll likely pick all her skills up fast since she can follow Chloe who loves agility. Look at those flying, fluffy Bichon ears! Chloe and Cara’s human has an agility set up in her house so the girls can work out their routines on rainy days and off hours, keeping their svelte figures. Chloe also does charity work as a therapy dog. Now with Cara teaming up, maybe there’s a clothing label in their future.
The motto of the St. Louis Canine Games is:Tap your dog’s talents and strengthen the bond of friendship while having fun! And that’s basically the motivation for engaging in agility activities with your dog. You, your dog, a sunny day and a bar to jump over. Go ahead!
Find out about agility clubs: http://www.agilityevents.net/
Buy equipment for your backyard or rec room: http://www.pet-super-store.com/pet-supplies/dog-agility-equipment/
To find local events, google “canine agility” along with the name of your city, or ask about training and events at your vet’s office and local pet supplies store.