I am the newest member of the committee having joined in November 2016.
I’ve always had a love and passion for animals, but particularly dogs. Growing up, we started with two boys. Caspar; a very gentle and polite Labrador, then Harvey; a Labrador X Springer who had selective hearing and was always on fast-forward mode.
After moving out of the family home, I had a few years without dogs, but when the time was right I began looking for my perfect companion. After many visits to rescue centres I encountered a pair of Collies who’d only arrived a few hours before – immediately, I was smitten. Billy (2011-2015) was an athletic tri-coloured Collie, who enjoyed the finer things in life, had the sweetest temperament, and won over the hearts of all who met him. Frankie (Dec 2011) is a traditional black and white Collie who’s fast, super-smart and has endless energy.
I’ve always had a real love for the Newfoundland breed, so later we introduced a Newfie called Mila (June 2013). She exhibits typical traits of the breed; she’s loving, loyal, powerful…...and stubborn, although she can be tempted with food. She’s also very intelligent and sometimes outsmarts the Collies!
When all three dogs had settled into their new home, I was re-reading Frankie’s adoption profile and came across the following statement; “Feel he would be perfect for agility.” So, having never heard of agility I decided to research and came across a fun agility club nearby. In 2015 Frankie and I had our first lesson. From the very first moment I noticed he was enjoying himself and eager to please. After a few months of progress in the lessons, I decided agility was the perfect way to keep the dogs fit and stimulated. The competitive streak in me prompted my hunt for club which could support this, so I found UpAndOver Agility Club which I joined in July 2015.
Frankie and I have competed at UKA, however have been mostly training throughout 2016. Hoping for good results in 2017.
Also, in 2016 having well and truly caught the agility bug, we welcomed our newest member to “the pack”. Goose (April 2016) is a blue-merle Collie who is currently learning foundation and flatwork at UpAndOver.
Want to have a go at Agility? Try our Fun Taster Session Thursday 20th September 2018. Keep checking back here for more details.
UpAndOver Dog Agility Club came into existence on 1 September 2013 but remains very much the same club as it was, under the charge of Mark and Karen Laker, as UpAndOver Agility Dogs.