Best Tricks: Agility, obedience commands, "take a bow", spin, speak, voice retrieves
Arrival Story: It was Memorial Day of 2006, resulting in his registered name of STAR's 'n Stripes Forever Meant To-be. A friend saw a "free to good home" ad in the paper and contacted me knowing my love for all setters, not just the English variety. I called the rescue coordinator for a local IS club and went to check him out with the intention of picking him up for rescue. I knew before I had him in the back of my car that this dog wasn't going anywhere. The first night, I cried thinking about releasing him to rescue. I knew he HAD to be a part of my life, or I would just *die.* And so he stayed.
Bio: This boy and I have had our ups and downs but I love him so much I can't imagine life without him. He has taught his mommy a LOT about patience, persistence, and how to stay on my toes! From fabulous foster brother to agility star in the making, Toby wears many hats, but the one he wears the most is that of my best friend. We are attached at the hip. Toby's trainability and puzzle-solving skills have already taken him far and I know that in the years to come, he'll outsmart his good ol' mommy. That beautiful face I fell in love with has only gotten more beautiful over the years and even though he's not the flashiest Irish I've ever seen, he'll always be my stunning boy. He is not intimidating in stature or coat but has a huge heart that he wears on his sleeve. He passed his CGC/TDI test but we opted out of certifying him for therapy work- it's not his niche. He is training to compete in Rally and Agility and is exceeding my hopes and dreams in our quest for regular competition. There's nothing he can't learn. Best of all, we have tons of fun together and I'm so thrilled to have a special redhead like him in my life.
Forums Motto: Let's do it!
Tricks/Commands: Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Come, go to Heel, get in line (when his heel is crooked), Go around (from front position around and into heel, shake, high five, "wave hello", speak, "like a bear", touch target, spin, circle (c-clkws spin), "what sound does a bear make?" "*grrrrrr*", Get [object], bring it here, hug, ring the bell, crate
Yesterday Toby and I competed at a CPE agility trial in Washingtonville, OH. We had a good day, considering this was our first trial ever!
He did have some zoomies and was extremely fascinated with some hairballs rolling around on the ground ("are those bunnies??") but otherwise was very good about coming back to me when I needed him to and completing the course. He would have been excused from an AKC ring for refusals as he kept blowing right by jumps in his absolute glee to be out there playing. If nothing else, this dog was having a blast!! The second time we went into the ring, other than rushing past a couple jumps he did really well. He LISTENED to me, came when I called, did every obstacle (even if he had to be directed to it a second time) and hit all his contacts. He made his mama proud, that's for sure. We were there from 7:30am to 5:30 and even though he had to spend a lot of that time in a crate, he laid down and slept most of the day, didn't make a peep, and was generally just a good dog. He's made for this sport!
We weren't aiming for Qs (qualifying legs toward a title) as I'm not concerned with titles really. We were just going for ring and trial site experience for the both of us- I was surprisingly not nervous at all about running!! At the end of our really nice run, I twisted my foot and sprained it, tripping and causing him to knock a bar, disqualifying us. :( The good news is that if it weren't from that, it would have been a qualifying run and halfway to a title. But today I couldn't have been more proud of this boy!