Luke -- Luke was the dog who started it all for me. I adopted Luke from my local Humane Society in early 2004 and he was my constant companion, coming with me to work and to the barn every day. In 2007 I signed us up for an agility class and the rest is history! Luke competed exclusively in NADAC agility and over his career earned 5 NATCH titles and 2 Versatility NATCH titles. He retired from agility at the end of 2015, only two runs from NATCH 6. Luke attended NADAC Championships in 2009, 2011, and 2013, earning a spot in the finals on his last trip. Luke has been the best partner ever.
Kaiser -- Kaiser is an Alaskan Klee Kai and joined the family in 2008. He has taught me so much as a trainer and really showed me the value of positive reward-based training. The Klee Kai can be a challenging breed with their incredible intelligence combined with strong will, so it was important for me to learn to work together with Kaiser as a team. While brilliant throughout his initial training, Kaiser struggled when we first started to compete in agility. We overcame our challenges and Kaiser has gone on to earn 3 NATCH titles and 2 Versatility NATCH titles in NADAC. In June of 2017 Kaiser earned his PACH in AKC and also has agility titles in TDAA and USDAA. In addition to his agility career, Kaiser also earned his GRCH title in UKC conformation and UWP (weight pull). Kaiser has attended NADAC Championships in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 making the finals in both 2015 and 2017. In 2017 Kaiser won his division to become the Medium Veteran NADAC Champion. Kaiser qualified for and attended AKC Nationals in Perry, GA for the first time in 2017 and made it into the finals round, bringing home the award for 3rd place in the 8" Preferred division.
Secret -- Secret is a border collie, adopted through the Border Collie Rescue of MN in December of 2009. Secret has been another great opportunity for me to grow as a trainer, as she proved to be exceptionally challenging to motivate from a young age. Secret is my most precise dog and has excelled in AKC agility. She has earned 2 MACH titles and one PACH after moving to Preferred in 2016. Secret also earned one NATCH in NADAC and holds titles in USDAA and UKI as well. Secret attended NADAC Championships in 2011 (at only 2 years old), 2013, 2015, and 2017 making the finals in both 2015 and 2017. She also qualified for AKC Nationals in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and attended Nationals in Tulsa in 2016. At AKC Nationals in Perry, GA in 2017, Secret made the finals and was the 3rd place dog in the 20" Preferred division.
Kizzy -- Kizzy is an Alaskan Klee Kai with a special story. I was not looking to add another dog when she arrived, but it turned out she was here to stay. Kizzy came to me as a foster dog when she proved too difficult for her previous owner to contain. She is a little bundle of fire and I knew if I could harness that energy she had the makings of a great little agility dog. Kizzy is now running at the Master level in AKC agility and attended NADAC Championships in 2015. She also holds titles in USDAA and UKI, and qualified for the Masters Series Finals at UKI US Open 2016.
Jedi -- Born on Valentine's Day, Jedi joined us in spring of 2016 from Challenger Border Collies. Jedi is one of the most brilliant dogs I've had the pleasure to work with and every day is a new adventure. He attacks life with gusto and loves play in any form. Jedi earned his Senior Dock title (NADD) at only 6 months of age and earned an invite to the Eukanuba National Championships with a 20'3" jump in finals -- an extraordinary feat for such a young dog. Jedi started his agility career in May of 2017 and I look forward to an exciting future for him!
Ren -- Ren hitched a ride home with us from NADAC Championships in October of 2017. I broke my own rule of having at least two years between dogs, but sometimes you've got to throw caution to the wind and go for it. Ren is out of some nice working lines that I've been a fan of for years and he's showing strong promise from an early age. I'm looking forward to getting to play foundation games and going through the learning process as Ren matures. Early indication shows that I have another water lover on my hands, so perhaps dock diving is in Ren's future as well?