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Bailey was my first dog. She was adopted through the St. Francis Humane Animal Protection Society in 1987 and introduced me to the world of dogs. She went literally almost everywhere with me and was a most wonderful companion for almost fifteen years, as comfortable in downtown San Francisco as she was high up in the mountains. She changed my life.
Bo was adopted from the Roice-Hurst Humane Society near Grand Junction, Colorado in November, 2001. After a long and valiant battle against nerve sheath cancer, he passed away in December, 2012. Bo and I did every outdoor activity that I could think of - he was a skilled fishing companion, and we skied, mountain biked, canoed, kayaked, golfed, hiked and camped at every opportunity. It seemed there was nothing he couldn't and didn't want to do with me.
Given just a few months to live in 2011 when a crippling cancer was discovered, Bo qualified and then competed in the DOCNA Agility National Championships late the next year. After that, he enthusiastically hiked up Snowmass Mountain through pretty deep snow for the last time in late November of that year. It was his favorite thing of all, to be in the mountains and in the snow and I will never forget how much fun he was still having, even with cancer, on what would be our last hike together.
He never gave up, and he lived like a warrior to his very last day. He was, and still is to me, a most remarkable and unforgettable dog.
Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) is the rescue shelter where I work as a volunteer and is located outside of Glenwood Springs; Bo and I took a liking to a three month old border collie puppy that we were fostering...
Jackson came to live with us in September, 2008 and is an agility champion several times over. He competes in the highest level of DOCNA agility and earned his Masters Excellent (MEX) title in February 2015 after just four years of competition. We also started competing in USDAA agility in 2014.
Bo taught him how to swim and how to be a fishing dog, and he's the most wonderful companion I could imagine.
Kate was adopted through Western Border Collie Rescue in May, 2013. She was 16 months old and had been adopted to multiple homes and returned to shelters every time. I truly believe that she was just destined to follow a rocky path until it was time for me to find her.
She started competing in agility just 3 months after Jackson and I decided to bring her home, and in agility it seems that she found her calling. Nine months after first trying a simple jump in my driveway, she qualified for the 2014 DOCNA Championships and is now competing at the highest (Specialist) level in DOCNA. We also started to compete in USDAA events in 2014.
She doesn't understand what fishing is all about yet, but she's an enthuiastic hiking companion and loves her frisbee.
I first Met Harry at C.A.R.E. in August, 2009 and he was one scared puppy. I thought I'd bring him home to live with us for a few days while I worked with him. Five months later, we were still in the middle of an adventure together...