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Achieving Goals with Dreams, Focus & Occasionally Letting Go

“Set a goal so big you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” -unknown I was told many years ago by a friend that the reason I hadn’t reached my goals yet was because I wanted them too much. That I was too focused. I needed to forget about it, to… read more

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Time Will Come

“Your time will come…” I’ve heard that a lot over the years. Even with my first dog, Flame when I was just eleven and twelve years old running around the Open ring literally praying for a Q in standard so we could start our MACH journey. I heard it when I started training Nike, when… read more

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Fast Cat Becomes Newest AKC Event

Fast CAT, a timed 100-yard dash where a dog chases a lure, is the newest AKC event. The event is a fun and healthy activity for dogs and their owners, and is open to dogs that are at least 12 months of age and are individually registered or listed with the AKC. In competition, the dogs run… read more

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AKC Agility Stars Rosanne Demascio and Dog “Strafe” Will Compete at Crufts

Rosanne Demascio and her Border Collie, MACH All Zet Air Attack Strafe MXB MXJ “Strafe” have been selected to represent the American Kennel Club in the prestigious International Agility Competition during the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England. The pair will compete against 25 teams from countries around the world.  Crufts is considered the birthplace of… read more

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Coming up short

Recently I heard about a social science experiment that explored what almost winning did to a person’s outlook. This was related more in context to coming close to winning the lottery (think of that outrageously massive Powerball jackpot last month) and what that would do to someone’s overall motivation. The predicted result was that getting… read more

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Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility?

Yes, much more so than the casual competitor realizes. The 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place at New York’s Pier 94 on Saturday, Feb. 13th, 2016 and will be followed by Westminster’s 140th Annual All Breed Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday. So what’s the big deal? The chart below (generated… read more

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Harbor City & Torrance Residents to Compete at 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship At Westminster KC

Harbor City resident Deborah Davidson Harpur will have 2 dogs competing in The 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 13, the opening act of the famed Westminster Week and its celebration of dogs. Torrance resident Robert Moray will be handling one of her dogs at this event…. read more

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Failure is an option

In college I loved listening to TED talks. I was totally wrapped up in them when I was an undergraduate, always enthralled with the new technology and ideas being discussed. After school ended, though, I had a disconnect from a side of me I really loved– the curious, bookworm self that seemed to disappear under the… read more

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Thrill of the Hunt Test: Reflections From the Cocker Spaniel Club of Georgia’s Event

A Cocker Spaniel Club of Georgia member shares his experience in taking part in the club’s hunt test in December.  The air is crisp and the sky is a rich blue with stars on one horizon and the sun trying to rise on the other. Trees and hedgerows line fields that are thick with tan… read more

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Junior Spotlight: The 2015 Junior Agility Competition

BY FAITH ROGERS, JUNIOR HANDLER   Agility is in every sense of the word a team sport, a combination of speed, consistency, and trust. This is a sport filled with magical runs, but also frustrating disappointments. Perseverance builds character when training plans don’t succeed and the only choice is to try again. The dedication and… read more

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