About My Dogs

Dogs were always a part of my life when I was growing up.  Then in the early 1980's, I trained and showed in conformation, but shortly after that I found the performance venues to be more to my liking.  I currently compete in CPE Agility, and keep up to date on Rally exercises as well.  I am proud to have competed in the past in NADAC Agility, CDSP Obedience, AKC Obedience, and all flavors of Rally (especially World Cynosport, which is my favorite!).   Following are some of my dogs' accomplishments:

Lottie, my lovely Coonhound mix (otherwise known as an All American Dog), came to live with us after we adopted her from a rescue group when she was ten weeks old.  She started out as our resident "house mouse", and big sister to our other two dogs.  But then in 2009 I decided to see if she might enjoy Rally as well.  That was the beginning of a whirlwind ride, when she showed that she was a natural Rally dog.  She loved competing, and has earned many titles to date.  She was also in the Top 20 dogs in the country in APDT (now WCR) Rally in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and earned her 2nd round of Rally Master Champion title in 2013.  We have also competed in AKC and UKC Rally, as well as AKC and CDSP Obedience.  In 2013 we started training and competing in Agility, and we both fell in love with this awesome sport, especially CPE Agility.  She has earned multiple Agility Championships to date, her most recent being in January 2018.  More than her success in the performance sports, however, she is just the sweetest dog, with such a lovely temperament and gentle nature ..........a true companion dog, and my girl!  The best breed is truly a rescue!  I was honored to be a part of "Team Lottie" in the performance venues.  And, though she retired from Agility in September 2018 at the age of 13, we are still a team in life!    


Zaina, my small and spirited Shih Tzu, is retired and enjoys walks and playtime.  Before retiring, she earned her AKC Canine Good Citizen Award, and competed in both CPE Agility and World Cynosport Rally.  She has competed in AKC and UKC Rally, as well as CDSP and AKC Obedience.   Before retirement, she earned numerous titles.  She loves everyone, has a lot of attitude, makes everyone smile, and is, in general, high on life!  


Hattie, another "All American" (hound mix) is our newest rescue.  We adopted her at 6 months of age.  She has a ton of energy, loves retrieving, running and jumping, and my hope is that we will be Agility partners in the future.  We will be starting a baby dog agility class soon.  She is very sweet, and we are so happy to be her forever home!  She has some big "paws" to fill, following her big sis, Lottie, in the Agility world!  But she will make her own way, I'm sure.  


My Shih Tzu, Tara, was my first performance dog.  She earned her AKC CGC award, and we then moved on to train and compete in AKC/UKC Obedience, where she earned her Companion Dog Obedience titles.  We competed for a brief time in AKC/UKC Agility.  After "retiring" from Obedience and Agility, we then went on to discover the wonderful world of APDT Rally (now WCRL), where she was the FIRST Shih Tzu in the United States to earn Championship titles and awards in that venue.  She was the No. 1 Tzu in the country in APDT Rally in 2005 and 2006, and No. 2 in 2007, and was in the Top 20 dogs in the country in 2006.  She also competed and titled in AKC Rally.  We lost her at the age of 13 back in 2008, but she lives on in my heart, and was truly a great little dog.