L.S. How old was Roo! when you adopted her? Did you know anything about her history?
S.C. “Roo! was 1 when I adopted her from the San Francisco SPCA.† She is 6 now.† My guess is that she is part Husky, Shepherd, and maybe some sort of Sighthound.”
L.S. Were you looking to adopt a mixed breed dog?
S.C. “Iíve always had mixed breeds, but I was actually looking for a purebred rescue to train for competitive obedience, since AKC was not allowing Mixed Breeds at that time to compete.” (NOTE: AKC started allowing All American Dogs to compete in a variety of events in 2009.)
L.S. What was her history?
S.C. “Roo! was found roaming McClaren Park in San Francisco.† She was adopted out and returned two times because she was just too much dog for the owners and she wasn’t a good fit for them.
L.S. What would you advise someone who is looking to adopt from a shelter and comes across a high-energy dog?
S.C. “Ask yourself if the dog fits my current lifestyle, not the lifestyle you think you want to live.† Often people will say that they are looking for a running partner when they donít even jog.”
L.S. “What are some of Roo’s! biggest accomplishments?
S.C. “In her 24 inch height category, she was the 2012 1st place winner at AKC Invitationals, the 2013 AKC National Champion, and a 2013 European Open Large Team Member (first Mixed Breed, along with Kelly Maier and Tucker to make the team).
L.S. What do you think she loves the most about the sport?
S.C. “The rewards Ö food, toys, momís attention, attention from just about anyone,†and just running!”
L.S. What do you love about running agility with her?
S.C. “She always gives 110%.† My favorite moment is right before I release her to run the course.† I look back at her and she looks ready to go!†That always makes me smile.”
Paws crossed for clean, fast runs for Crush and Roo! Westminsterís agility finals competition will air on Fox Sports 1 at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8th.
Main Post Photo Credit: Erika Maurer
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