The Membership and Communications Secretary for UpAndOver Dog Agility Club is responsible for maintaining the membership list, keeping the waiting list, communicating all club matters to the membership, running our Facebook page and designing the website. I live near Salisbury and am married but do not have any children, so my dogs are my family.
My family had a dog when I was born—a Cairn Terrier called Bunty. Then, when I was 8, we inherited a Jack Russell Terrier puppy called Titch who lived for 17 years, by which time, I had left home, been through University and got married. Unfortunately, I did not have a dog of my own until I was 30 - my lifestyle was not suitable. However, during this time I fell in love with Bearded Collies.
My first dog, Tess (Black Lilitt vom Karthäuser Hain 1990-2005), was my first slate Beardie, which I bought whilst living in Germany. Maren (Toriavic Bobby Brown 1995-2006), my second was a beautiful brown. They were both lovely, well-behaved dogs but never did agility; it was only near the end of Maren's life that a friend of mine introduced me to agility, so when Maren passed away I decided my next puppy would start agility when old enough.
I did the Introduction to agility course with UpAndOver Agility Dogs in October 2007 and have been a member since January 2008. I currently have two Beardies, Hannah (Willowmead Royal Hannah b. 2 August 2006) and Ellie (Willowmead Glenlossie b. 12 April 2011). Hannah is a blue Beardie and Ellie is another lovely brown. Hannah is currently semi retired, running Anysize/Allsorts/Veteran having progressed from Grade 1 to Grade 4 and running UK Agility Champ Level. She has attained KC Agility Warrant Silver and UK Agility titles WCAP CAPV CSC III OAA OAC. Ellie is KC Grade 5 and UK Agility Performance Senior Level and Steeplechase Champ Level. She has attained her Agility Warrant Bronze certificate.
Hannah's agility successes include:
Other than agility, Hannah is multi-talented. She has won out of Pre-Beginners in Obedience, she has learnt tracking and nosework and has won two Bearded Collie Pentathlons; Nosework (search square), Obedience, Agility, Conformation and Scurry (fastest over 100m). Ellie, however, has been brought up just to do agility but is progressing well and I have great hopes for her in the future.
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.