Best Tricks: My biggest crowd pleaser is high stepping my with back legs while I walk backwards for several feet. I also dance, spin, roll over, gimme 10, retrieve, etc. I target like crazy. Not to mention all that agility stuff I do.
Arrival Story: Originally I had been planning on buying a purebred puppy as an agility prospect...I even had a couple of breeders lined up. I must have been bored one day and was surfing around Petfinder...I saw some BC mix puppies and went to the rescue group's website to look at them a little closer...when I did, Ollie's picture randomly popped up in the corner as "also available" and I thought..."well that looks interesting". I ended up emailing the foster for more information about him. He had been picked up as a stray in another state, then pulled from a shelter and brought to my area by the rescue group. I was looking for some specific things as I wanted an agility prospect...fairly high energy and drive and intelligence as well as lots of personality and sweetness too. Ollie seemed to fit all these criteria...so I filled out the online app...his foster called me shortly thereafter...we went to meet him a few days later and he came home with us that night. I was so lucky to find him...he's a treasure!
Bio: Ollie is the light in my life and I am so fortunate that he and I came together to share our lives. He amazes me every day! He's FULL of personality. He's turning into a fantastic agility dog. He's a natural.
We're not sure exactly what breeds went in to creating the Ollie. I think he is a mix of several breeds. Possibilities include Beagle, Jack Russell, Chihuahua, Corgi, Dachshund, or some other small fiesty breed like Minpin or Rat Terrier...mostly he looks JRT and Beagle though. One thing is for sure...he is unique and that's what I love about him! He's just Ollie. As someone once said to me, he has a face that just MAKES you have to look at him, like magnetism.
Accomplishments:: CPE: Earned all his level 1 titles in the minimum number of runs possible. Has earned all his level 2 titles April 2007. CL3-R & CL3-F titles May 2007. CL3-H title Aug 2007. CL3-S, CL4-R & CL4-F Feb 2008. CL4-H May 2008. USDAA: Earned his SSA title (4/29/07), then his Agility Dog (AD), Starters Jumpers (SJ) and Starters Snooker (SS) 6/2-3/07. Starters Gamblers (SG) Oct '07 & Advanced Snooker (AS) (in only 2 trials) Oct '07. 2008 DAM Team Qualifier. Q'd in Grand Prix 1st attempt Feb 2008. Advanced Agility Dog (AAD) title, along with Adv. Standard Agility (ASA) and Adv. Jumpers (AJ) titles April 2008. Completed his Adv. Gamblers (AG) title June 2008.
I'm not sure...but I think I must be famous and am now on tour showing off my agility skills because this weekend we went to another place to demonstrate my abilities. This was called USDAA, whatever that means. First I got to run a course where I did all the agility obstacles. Mom says this is called Standard. Mom says I Q'd and got 2nd place. She showed me the ribbons, but they weren't as fun as the squeaky toy I won. Then I ran in a class called Gamblers. It was fun running around fast trying to get as many points as possible. Then the whistle blew and mom told me to run really fast over a line she couldn't cross and do some stuff before I could come back to her again. Wheeeee...that was fun! I Q'd and got a blue 1st place ribbon for that one...but the squeaky toy was the best thing! I wanna do this every weekend so I can accumulate more toys! Mom won't let me chew on ribbons, so winning them is no fun at all!
This weekend was one of the strangest of my life. On Saturday, mom got Wave & I up really early and we went for a very long car ride. Then we got to this building where there were a lot of other dogs in cages and a place where they had agility equipment set up. Now on Saturday, all I did was sit in my crate and go for occassional walks with mom. Let me tell you...I wasn't very happy at all. There were too many dogs walking around and barking and even though I couldn't see them because mom had a sheet over my crate...I had to let them all know very loudly, not to mess with me. Wave got to go run around the agility part with mom and she won lots of ribbons. I was so jealous. When was The Ollie going to get my chance to shine? By the time we got home Saturday night, I was so tired from throwing hissy fits in my crate all day, I didn't even have the energy to jump up on the bed. THEN mom had the nerve to get me up early AGAIN on Sunday morning and go for that long ride AGAIN and put me in that crate AGAIN. HURUMPH! I'd had it! I wasn't very happy at all.
But then something good happened in the afternoon. Mom took me out and we got to go over to the place where the agility equipment was. Finally - Ollie's turn to shine! This is what mom meant by saying I was going to my first trial. I got to run around twice and mom said I qualified both times (whatever that means) and I also won two blue ribbons. Mom says that means I won first place both times! I always knew I was the best. Now I have tangible proof! Mom says I also got some letters to put after my name. CL1-F. The "F" stands for Fun. And here I thought I already had the fun title without having to prove it in a trial! So, see Wave, you're not the only award winner in the family. I'm a winner too. Thhhppppttt!
One year ago today, I finally found my forever home! It's so nice to be loved and have people who love me back - even when I chew things up. (Today I obliterated a pen and the thumb of an oven mitt. Yummy.) Best of all...I got a nylabone to CHEW on in celebration...mom calls that appropriate, I call it heaven. This is one stray who has come along way! Guess what...this weekend I make my agility trial debut. I don't know what it means, but mom says she *hopes* it doesn't mean d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r. Awwww...come on ma...you know I can spell! I will *TRY* to be good...............maybe.
I love my home.
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