Thursday, January 21, 2010

An Introduction

I'm totally new to blogging, but I thought it would be beneficial for myself and others to blog about my experiences in the world of agility...with dogs on stumps.

My name is Megan, and I have been training in agility for almost three years, competing for two years this March. I started out with my Welsh Pembroke Corgi, Dallas Mae (aka "Dally." or Frontiers Honkytonkbadonkadonk CGC, AX, AXJ) doing agility when I moved to Lexington, Ky., as a means to exercise her and her mind, plus give us something fun to do together. After less than a year of training, we started competing in Canine Performance Events (CPE) and American Kennel Club (AKC) trials.

Dally is now 4 years old, and we moved up to Excellent B for both Jumpers With Weaves (JWW) and Standard (STD) last fall. We're now trying to earn enough MACH points and Double Qs for our first MACH (Master of Agility Champion), which is the ultimate goal in AKC agility.

I had always wanted to get a second dog in order to give Dally a canine companion, but I had always wanted to get a male Corgi. This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to co-own a Swedish Vallhund. For those who don't know, a Swedish Vallhund is a descendant of the Corgi. They look very much alike, except a little taller, with smaller ears and a more square muzzle. (You can read more about them here:

She's currently a 10-week-old red sable female from a line of champions. Her father finished 2009 as the top Vallhund in the nation and is showing in the 2010 Westminster Show. He is also the littermate to my mom's Vallhund, Smoke.

My hopes with this puppy is that I can take what I've learned with Dally (my "Novice A Dog") and improve on things and maybe go farther. It will be a whole new experience and I'm looking forward to it. Check back with photos of the puppy (I pick her up this Saturday) and more on me and Dally's quest for that elusive first DQ (Double Qualifying Score) and hopefully many more.

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