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By Robert Rodi

Top in convey meets Marley and Me within the hilarious (mis)adventures of an not going duo competing for glory at the seasoned puppy circuitAn city highbrow and a scruffy, disobedient Sheltie crew as much as overcome the canines Agility pro-circuit during this hysterical account of the hunt for glory within the aggressive puppy international. A cousin to the preferred best-in-breed exhibit, agility competitions resemble doggie boot camp: canine scamper throughout teeter-totters, leap tires, and scoot down tunnels-without leashed information from a human. Taking domestic ribbons calls for a targeted handler and a cooperative puppy. Robert Rodi is a self-proclaimed Blue-stater who prefers effective wine and Italian literature (in Italian) to SUVs and suburban sprawl. His puppy Dusty's scrawny construct and skittish character make him an unnatural competitor. however, Rodi recounts a yr packed with victories, disasters, and hysterical personalities, and the loving bond among one guy and his bug-eyed puppy.

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Her husband appeared behind her; he was barefoot, which I took as an indication that we would not be standing on ceremony. I was eager to get a look at Dusty—whose voice I presumed was one of those still yapping furiously a few rooms away—but first I was obliged to sit at the kitchen table (piled high with canine staples and accessories) and go through the contract, clause by clause. I was beginning to wonder whether it might in fact have been easier to just get that Romanian baby. Though I had my doubts about how well a little Constantine or Irina would maneuver the weave poles.

They possessed a kind of integrated, whole-body awareness that made them agility naturals. ” Marriage to a breadwinning husband provided her the luxury of time to discover her destined place in the world. But even as she wafted through a succession of office jobs, the future was never really in doubt—just waiting for her to stumble on to it. In fact, almost literally so. Among the handful of possessions to survive her transition from childhood to adulthood was a copy of the pioneering text The Koehler Method of Dog Training—a method she later came to regard as too “yank ’em and crank ’em” but whose presence among her belongings was a testament to her early interest in the pursuit that would become her career.

Oh, we don’t want to get fanatical,” I said, somewhat appalled at the idea of actual competition. I had the typical urbanite’s disdain for people who became too deeply enmeshed in their leisure-time activities—who, for instance, frequent Star Wars conventions or play golf. “But giving her a good workout a couple times a month? That sounds ideal. ” Sally directed us to a doggie day-care facility on Chicago’s Near North Side, which boasted a large training room and a full complement of equipment.

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