In January 2023, Teebo and I welcomed a smooth-coat Border Collie named Fly.
Fly is a young, driven BC learning about life, agility, swimming, hiking, and more and she is turning into a pretty good teaching assistant. So far, she simply loves everything including leaves! We hope to make our agility debut sometime in the early summer of 2024, but we are not in any rush.
If you are a LOTR fan, you will understand her name:)
Fly was born on 11-20-2022
In March 2019, I welcomed our young padawan learner, Teebo.
I've had Border Collies only for nearly 23 years, so Teebo was a bit of a change of pace. According to his DNA, this bundle of cuteness is a Pug-Zu. He has more joy than any dog I have met, including Bogart. He's learning agility, dock diving, hiking, romping at the shore, and fun. He is a very good teaching assistant, helping reactive dogs learn that some dogs can be fun.
Teebo debuted during Covid-19, competing in the UKI At Home trials, where he earned his novice Speedstakes title. He is currently competing in UKI and AKC agility and loving life. He will do anything for a ball and the "food machine" (manner's minder).
Teebo was born on 12-31-18
Love is letting your best friend go to end her suffering, knowing that yours is just beginning. Another piece of my heart is gone.
Tease, Finster, Squeeze cheese, cheesy, finny fin fin. So many names for my girl and she knew them all.
Tease was my happy-go-lucky but sensitive gal. She was from a litter of all girls; the cutest, speckled puppy ever and the spitting image of her mom.
Tease would try anything but she loved romping at the shore or swimming hole most of all. She caught frisbees, chased tennis balls, played agility and dock diving, hiked, biked, excelled at foundation games, loved learning new tricks (brain games), dabbled in canine freestyle, and also slept with one eye open at all times.
Her favorite toys were an IKEA soccer ball and a chuck-it. She always disliked thunderstorms and fireworks.
Tease officially retired in March 2020 although she sometimes served as a "test" dog at UKI trials, getting to run the courses before we start the day. She stepped up big time to help bring up Teebo in the BC way.
Run free my brown-eyed girl.
July 20, 2007 - January 20, 2022
You have left my life but you will never leave my heart.
Flicker was a princess and rock star all rolled into one. She enjoyed life, had a great sense of humor, and always offered the most amazing smile in the world.
In addition to agility, Flicker was a therapy dog for most of her life - she loved to have people admire her! She had a math challenge for the kids and she played a mean game of Candyland in the after-school program:)
She loved a good romp on the beach, a swim in a pool, walks, hikes, doggie puzzles, and snuggling. Her favorite toys were her flying squirrel and any unstuffed road kill toy she could find. She hated any loud noise and she really never enjoyed riding in the car, although she traveled much of the eastern half of the US. My darling girl was also the best secret keeper ever.
Flicker enjoyed her last "official" agility competition run in October 2017 at 13.5 years old. Her journey to The Rainbow Bridge came far too soon.
July 28, 2004 - November 18, 2018
I loved you your whole life and I will miss you the rest of mine.
Torch was my very first puppy, coming home with me at the tender age of 7 weeks old. He would do absolutely anything I asked of him.
He competed in flyball, dock diving, and agility and was also a therapy dog with Flicker. He loved the shore, snuggling, chasing his jolly ball, hiking, swimming and just being next to me throwing himself into everything with every fiber in his being.
Torch once spent an entire semester as a reading buddy with his student buddy making a large paper mâché dog in his honor.
Torch is missed every day. I have yet to write Torch's tribute but will someday soon.
December 7, 2001 - July 8, 2016
With you as my copilot, I will never travel alone.
Bogart was my first border collie coming home with me when he was 10 months old. He was probably the happiest dog I have ever met!
Bogart played agility and flyball and dabbled in obedience. He often ran in competitions with my students.
He never met a toy, person, or cookie he didn't like. Bogart swam, hiked, chewed bones, ate treats, played, snuggled, and barked, a lot:) He simply loved life, every single day of it.
He was always my co-pilot, sitting next to me as I drove home from competitions.
I still hear his bark. Read Bogart's tribute here.
February 1, 1999 - September 20, 2012
My first dog as an adult; we started this journey together and I am forever grateful.
I adopted Jewel in 1998 soon after I bought my first house. She was probably around 8 years old.
We enrolled in obedience classes and had a great time learning together. One day we tried this thing called dog agility and soon after we were competing; she was about 9 years old.
She loved attending training classes, would hike for days on end, and was never far from my side. I had Jewel for just a few short years and during that time she helped me raise Bogart and Torch. I am forever grateful that she came into my life and taught me how much a dog could bring to my life.
She journeyed to the bridge in September 2002, passing quietly in favorite her spot in the yard after a morning of playing agility.