Magic is seven years old, and my second Australian Shepherd teammate for AKC, UKC, and the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) Obedience and Rally. She is also my teaching partner for many rookie Obedience and Rally classes. She has her own opinion of how things should be, which occasionally puts us at loggerheads in the ring, and I can never quite know if Dr. Jekyll, or Ms. Hyde, will appear when her leash is removed on the start line!
For all the times she frustrates me, she equally makes me laugh at how serious I take competitive dog sports – after all, she’s a dog, not a toaster! So far, she and I have earned 37 separate titles in competition – seven of which she was the first dog ever to earn. She’s earned three separate Invitations for the yearly ASCA National Obedience Finals in Open Obedience, actually claiming the National Championship at Bryan, TX in 2013.
The lovely trophy included a beautiful hand-tooled leather leash, complete with Texas Stars….but unfortunately, I have a contact allergy to leather. When I saw the photos on line of a collar for a smaller dog featuring Texas Stars, I ordered one for Magic, in lovely Texas bluebonnet blue – to commemorate her National Championship. As she has the typically full Aussie coat, you’d never see the collar (she’s wearing her purple collar that matches the 4ft leash in the picture). Magic swims in both collars, works livestock in these collars, prances about the neighborhood in these collars, and because they are both beautiful and durable, they are the collars we have chosen to bear her ID tags when traveling across country for shows, or family trips.”
We’re so glad we can help such an accomplished pair stay in training!
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