ATChC VBA Shelamo Code Name Spitfire
HIC, CRAMCL, CRNT, ITD, AGNJ, IND, SSN, MTRDC, Bronze Award of Merit, ExSt Bronze, ExS Bronze, ExG Bronze, ExJ Silver, ExSC Bronze
May 2010 - June 2017
Why have one, when you can have two?! When we were planning to add another dog to our fur-family we were planning on another older puppy or young dog. We shopped around a while, put some feelers out on some older puppies but the process was just not progressing as we hoped.
Meanwhile, the breeder we got Travis from had just had two litters – well her two dogs just had litters, not her – with 14 puppies!! Can you image 14 bundles of furry Sheltie awesomeness running around!? I kept up-to-date on the puppy’s progress as they grew and learned and started going to their new homes.
As the puppy numbers dwindled down, I joked to my husband that what I really wanted was a new fluffy puppy. I wasn’t being 100% serious – more like 36% serious – in wanting a puppy but my husband has never been one to say no to me – well not for long anyways.
It was a shock to me when he actually said we could get a puppy - and before long we were making our way to the breeder to see if she had a puppy that would fit with our lifestyle. There were 7 puppies left to choose from. Some were going to be too big (over 16”) and some were going to be just a little too small (about 14”). We had decided beforehand that we would get another male (for no particularly good reason) so we really only had 2 puppies to choose from. As all were from healthy parentage and were similar in personality it came down to one factor – which one wasn’t barking like crazy.
Indie and Travis were fast friends and were showing each other the ropes right away. While Travis has never really liked (and still doesn’t like) the company of puppies he was grateful to have a new lifelong friend join our family. These two do everything together.
Indie started his agility training a little later than I had anticipated – he had strained a ligament in his back leg when he was about four months and to keep him safe and healthy his “freedom” was restricted for a few months. On occasion – like when chasing a cat through the house – he would aggravate his leg again – so we knew we were making the right decision.
At 10 months of age we felt Indie had grown enough - and his leg had not been causing him any problems for about 2 months – that we could begin his agility training. We started slow but he progressed quickly.
Today, Indie is a remarkable agility student. He excels at everything he does - and boy is he fast! When he is on, his times can't be beat!! Because there isn't anything this little dog can't do, we're now trying our hard a Tracking and Obedience - Rally here we come!!
I love this little dog!
UPDATE 2012 - Our first year of competition was WILD!! I discovered I have a little work-a-holic, rocket ship on my hands! Indie is completely different from Travis, and adjusting my handling has been difficult. We earned some hard fought for titles this year and I am very excited to see what next year brings us.
UPDATE 2013 - I thought I had a fast dog before...with the new handling he is even faster! Progress has been slow as we learn together but I can see how our relationship is maturing. We continue to grow together as we take on new and exciting challenges. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish together next year.
UPDATE 2014 - What a year! 4th place overall at Ontario East Regional and 7th place in Jumpers-2 at Nationals! The titles really rolled in for the little guy this year - we really came together as a team.
UPDATE 2015 - Another fantastic year for the the little rocket. We outdid ourselves at Regionals this, placing third! Couldn't be happier about that one. No Nationals as it was clear across the country, but we did run at the next best thing - Canada Cup! Indie placed 4th in Gamblers and 3rd in Snooker!
UPDATE 2016 - While the year started out well, placing in two events a the UKI Eastern Spring Cup, it was all downhill from there. An injury sidelined Indie soon after that event and the year was mostly spend trying a bit of everything to get him better. Hopefully he is on the upswing, however that chapter wont be closed until well in to next year.
UPDATE 2017 - The year started much like it ended - non-stop trips to the vet to try and get his shoulder sorted out. Two rounds of PRP treatments and about 10,479 physio session with laser and ultrasound.
**Sadly, and unexpectedly, Indie passed away in early June 2017 from cancer.
ADC - Agility Dog of Canada - April 6, 2012 @ Dream Fields
SGDC - Starters Games Dog of Canada - April 16, 2012 @ Dream Fields
AGDC - Advanced Games Dog of Canada - March 2, 2013 @ Absolute Agility
AADC - Advanced Agility Dog of Canada - Jan. 5, 2014 @ Club d'agilité de Montréal
MADC – Master Agility Dog of Canada – May 15, 2014 @ Dogz
MJDG – Master Jumper Dog of Canada – Apr. 18, 2014 @ Morning Star
MSDC – Master Snooker Dog of Canada – May 23, 2014 @ Morning Star
ExJ Bronze – Expert Jumpers Bronze - Jul. 19, 2014 @ OVBCC
MSCDC – Master Steeplechase Dog of Canada – July 31, 2014 @ More Dogz
MGDC – Master Gambler Dog of Canada – Oct. 24, 2014 @ Morning Star
ATChC – Agility Trial Champion of Canada – Oct. 24, 2014 @ Morning Star
ExSt Bronze - Expert Standard Bronze - Apr. 17, 2015 @ Morning Star
Bronze - Bronze Award of Merit - Apr. 17, 2015 @ Morning Star
ExS Bronze - Expert Snooker Bronze - May 31, 2015 @ Dogz
VBA - Versatility Bronze Award - May 31, 2015 @ Dogz
ExG Bronze - Expert Gamber Bronze - Jul. 16, 2015 @ More Dogz
ExJ Silver - Expert Jumper Silver - Sep. 6, 2015 @ Dogz
ExSC Bronze - Expert Steeplechase Bronze - Sep. 7, 2015 @Guides Canins
IND - International Novice - March 2015
SSN - Speedstakes Novice - March 2015
CRNMCL - Rally Novice Magna Cum Laude - Jul 18, 2015 @ Maple Myst
CRNT - Rally Novice Team - Nov. 21, 2015 @ Performance Plus
CRAMCL - Rally Advanced Magna Cum Laude - April 16, 2016 @ T.A.C.
AG.NJ - Agility Novice Jumpers with Weaves - August 25, 2012 @ SD & G
HIC - Herding Instincts Test - May 23, 2011 @ Ewenique Farms, Alfred ON
HIC - Herding Instincts Test - April 28, 2012 @ Ewenique Farms, Alfred ON
NOTABLE EVENTS AND PLACEMENTS
AAC Regionals 2013
Overall 9th place (16")
Standard 2 2nd place
Jumpers 2 3rd place
AAC Regionals 2014
Overall 4th place (16")
Standard 1 4th place
Standard 2 2nd place
Jumpers 2 2nd place
AAC Nationals 2014
Jumpers 2 7th place (16")
AAC Regionals 2015
Overall 3rd place (16")
Standard 1 4th
Jumpers 1 3rd
Standard 2 1st
Jumpers 2 1st
Albright Canada Cup 2015
Gamblers 4th place (16")
Snooker 3rd place (16")
UKI East Spring Cup 2016
Speedstakes Challenge 3rd place (12"S)
Games Challenge 1st place (12"S)