Emily grow up on farm in Surrey with her Grandparents. They always had dogs but it wasn’t until she moved to Donegal in Ireland, 12 years ago that she got our first dog. Jesse was a Lab X, and definitely a great first dog but not really agility material. However, she was quickly followed by Badger, a border collie from a working farm (his grandmother had appeared on ‘one man and his dog’.) He was the runt of the litter and although super clever, not destined for the hills of Donegal, so he came to live with Emily.
Emily had always wanted to try agility with Badger, but it wasn’t until she moved back to England in 2010 and did an agility course, that she started to catch the bug. She joined UpAndover in 2013. Badger and Emily trained at the club for over 4 years, the highlight was coming second in the Starter’s cup at KCI in 2016, which took them to Discover Dogs Final at the Excel Centre – they came 5th in the Agility.
Badger is now enjoying his well earned retirement. Emily’s third dog is Jango or Mr Jelly Legs. A pointer X Lab X mixed mutt breed – he is rescue and now 6. He is fast, loves life and is very enthusiastic, perhaps a bit too much sometimes but together they are having lots of fun together. Finally there is little Foxy – she is a five year old Jack Russell cross rescue. Super- fast and full of attitude. Emily has high hopes for this little pocket rocket.
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