Local Dog Show Attracts All Ages

1 decade 3 years 1 month ago Saturday, December 03 2005 Dec 3, 2005 Saturday, December 03, 2005 9:36:17 PM CST December 03, 2005 in News

Seven years of hard work and dedication is paying off for Rock Bridge Junior Sarah Carlisle.  She and her dog Lizzie had two nearly perfect runs at Columbia's first American Kennel Klub competition.

"I was definitely in the place where I needed to be for my dog, so I think it went pretty well," said Carlisle.  "I was excited and I'm definitely pleased with it."

Agility is the fastest growing dog sport in the world.  Dogs of all different shapes and sizes compete in categories to see which one is the fastest and most obedient.  Jumps, tunnels and weave poles are all obstacles the dogs must successfully pass though to qualify for a ribbon.  And the course isn't just tough on the dogs. 

"We got a little tired," said Kansas City dog owner Cynda Vanorsdale. "The first part was real good, and then at the end he just didn't want to jump." 

But Sarah loves the competition and competes at least two weekends a month, travelling all over the country.  There are also scholarship opportunities for someone her age. 

"AKC has a scholarship program, I think they've had that for a while, I'm definitely going to go for that," said Carlisle. 

Now that Lizzie is getting older, Sarah got a new puppy that she will start training soon, and she has high hopes for their future, with an ultimate goal of making the world team.  For Sarah, these trials aren't all about the competition, but about spending time with friends, family and her dog.  The competition continues all day Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

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