My given name is Ashley Marie, but it's just "Ashley" to my friends and family (unless Mom is mad at me ). I am a border collie/something else mix.
My life began when Becky, my mother-to-be, came into a Michigan Humane Society and spotted me in a pen with my 2 brothers in 1987. We were found walking down the road and some kind person brought us in. Becky was there just to "look." YEAH, RIGHT!!!! Like she was going to leave there WITHOUT ME???!!! I didn't think so! :)))
When I was around 3 years old, she decided that we were going to go to obedience classes! She felt like she didn't want me to drag her down the street and be "rude" like her first dog (my brother then) TEDDY, the basenji. Oh, what troubles he caused!
So, off we went where we really excelled! I learned quickly and very happily. We went to matches where I actually was winning... and mom was getting HOOKED!!!!
Then a friend told us of another thing we could do called "agility." It's where you run around an obstacle course together and try to complete it correctly and within the time allowed. See, there is an organization called USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association-copyrighted) that allows "mixed breeds" (I guess that was me) to compete as well as purebreds (they think they are better than me??? I think NOT!).
So we started training and 6 months after starting, that club held its first trial (that means it's real, not a match). Well, of course we entered and, lo and behold, we both did it correctly and within time!!! Mom said we earned our first title ...an "AD" (Agility Dog-copyrighted) and that I was the FIRST DOG IN FLORIDA TO EARN AN AGILITY TITLE! WOW!
We also ran another run that qualifed us to go to the Grand Prix National (a REAL BIG show) in Texas...YEAH! ROAD TRIP!!!! My mother keeps saying ignorance is bliss as we both were so new to agility we weren't nervous or scared!
Well, we did pretty respectably. We made it to the 2nd round where she pulled me off an obstacle (she says, "No, not on purpose!!) creating an "off course." I don't know what that meant, but I know I didn't get to play anymore :((.
We have been to a few more of those BIG shows since and had a blast!!!
Well, I could go on and on. I do have 17 years of stories to tell but I won't!
The Reader's Digest version is:
I went on to earn my CDX in obedience through AMBOR (American Mixed Breed Obedience Registery) and also my USDAA - "MAD", "JM", "SM" and "RM" titles!!!
My biggest and most important jobs though have been to help bring up the next "stars" in line for Mom. These would include 3 goldens and another BC (he's 100% BC, they say, but acts just like me!)
I am QUEEN BEE and will NEVER act my age. Thanks for stopping by and listening to an "olde gal" go on and on. Enjoy life and have fun. It's what's it's supposed to be!!!