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Strength, Among Other Things

August—already? Welcome you hot, uncomfortable month, you. The summer has been slipping past, a blur of celebrations, and joy, mingling with a profound pain for my family and for a good friend. It’s been a confusing one, a good one, a terrible one, the best—and worst— all wrapped up in one. That’s the gorgeously complicated… read more

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Competitor Spotlight – Tina and Darryl Power

Last month, Tina and Darryl Power packed up their RV and Border Collies and trekked the 220 some miles from their home in New York to Geneva, Ohio for Title Mania. They competed with three of their dogs at the event – Loudon, Joliet and Rock. Thirteen-year-old Bristol spent the weekend with his human grandparents… read more

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Persist

I’ve been trying to write about this for weeks but I have been struggling. The words have come in fits and stops. I find myself sitting down, writing, typing, and then walking away, unable to finish. Before tryouts I started a post about patience– a topic I had been mulling over quite a lot beforehand…. read more

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What Makes a Great Competitor?

What makes a competitor great? I’ve been mulling this question over for quite a while. Because I think, at the heart of it, a great competitor is composed of much more than just what can be gleaned from the surface. Is it based solely on results? On how many nationals/ invitationals/ tryouts/ worlds an individual… read more

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81-Year-Old Agility Competitor Defies Stereotypes In The Ring

Athleticism and age tend to be combative traits and polarized positions for most. But when it comes to 81-year-old Marge Yonda, you can throw the book away. A mother of five, grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of one, she has mimicked the Energizer Bunny while segueing from marathon running to American Kennel Club agility competition… read more

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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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