Loki (January 1991- December 2003)
Although Loki always walked to the beat of a different drum, it is hard for me to admit I am where I am today because of him. He is responsible for me finding the world of agility and clicker training, not to take myself too seriously, agility is just a game, for me becoming an agility instructor, acquiring too much agility equipment and finding the nice dog folks and best friends around.
BREED DESCRIPTION: Loki was an Oxford Terrier. An Oxford Terrier is a unique and odd, little dog that originated just south of Norwich, in the small town of Oxford, New York. They are also known as a Rough-coated Rathound. Do NOT let the cute looks of this breed trick you. They are an extremely mischievous lot. They are known to bark like a howler monkey, jump out of agility rings for amusement and vanish when you least expect it. The survival of the breed is due to their ability to be utterly entertaining when their existence is threatened.
Loki was an excellent representative of the breed. He was named after the Norse god of evil or mischief. He lived up to that name until the day that we put him to sleep. For info on the Loki Award click here >>>
At the delicate age of 11 years, my “heart dog” Mikey (aka Microburst) is semi-retired. She has nothing left to prove but she does love the game that much that it essential to her being. Her snooker and gambler skills are hard to beat. Running her is like driving a high performance car- if you know what you are doing, it looks easy and is effortlessness is extremely precise… Jack Russell Terriers are the opposite of couch potatoes, and Micro is no exception. I named her “Microburst” because that’s the term for a very intense, short-duration storm with high winds that does lots of damage – I have to admit that when Mikey first entered my household, the name was a perfect fit. Her combination of shyness and insanity could have pushed me over the edge, but instead it pushed me to fully embrace clicker training, with amazing results. More information on Micro's carreer and accomplishments >>>
Life doesn’t always go as planned. Poor Hoot has had an unusual number of health issues for such a young dog. Between them and my personal life he has not gotten the training time he needs so I can’t blame his lack of achievement on his “boy Jack Russell” brain However with some maturity and more consistent training he seems to be on the right track again.
Hoot's Accomplishments: Tippy board, Bang the teeter, Trot the ladder, Back up, Follow the hand, Touch stick, Start line position, Table (the dining room one), Looking cute, Playing in the tub, and working on rolling over.