Posted Date: April 24, 2012
Deborah Davidson Harpur chats with Papillon Masher's owner about the upcoming event.
Handler Name: Daneen Fox
Dog Name/Breed/Age: "Masher" ADCH MACH4 CH Livewire It's All Gravy/Papillon/5 years
Hometown: Acton, California
Occupation: Owner of Daneen's mobile grooming & dog boarding, Action Dog Sports, and AgilityandMore.com
Years competing in agility: Started agility in 2000 - so 12 great years
This year the IFCS World Agility Championships are being held in the U.S.A. Did knowing this affect your decision to try out for the team?
Even though I love to travel to places I have never seen before, I thought it was cool that the IFCS Agility Championships were going to be held in the United States.
Being in the US did not affect my decision to try out this year. I enjoy IFCS and the jump height is great for my dog.
Have you ever tried out for the team in the past?
Masher and I tried out for the IFCS World team in 2010.
Have you represented the USA at an event before?
Masher and I have had the honor and privilege of representing the United States in 2010 for IFCS and in 2011 for WAO [World Agility Open]. We won a gold medal for the United States at both events.
If you have represented the USA at an event overseas before, do you find yourself enjoying any type of "home court" advantage?
I am not sure I would call it a home court advantage but I am looking forward to having more people I know watching and cheering.
What were some of the challenges you faced during the world team qualification process?
Having every run count during the world team qualification process can be a little stressful.
How did your family and friends react to the news that you made the USA IFCS team?
My friends and family are always incredibly supportive of me and my dreams and goals.
Will any of your family or friends be traveling to the event to cheer you on?
My sister and aunt, a few of my students and of course my faithful advocate and partner, Julie, will make the journey to Texas.
What is your goal at this year's event?
My goal at this event is to be where I need to be, trust my little dog, and have fun.
As the event comes closer and closer, are there additional stresses to your daily life because of your participation on the team?
The only additional stresses are preparing myself for the international-type courses. I show almost every weekend and we just don't get to practice what we will be needing as much as I would like.
Have you done any specialized training to prepare for this event?
I have been working with Dawn Weaver as much as I can to help Masher and me on the intricacies of international courses.
What do you think will be the most difficult part of the event for you and your dog?
The most difficult part of the event will probably be snooker....because it is not my favorite.
Do you want to give any "shout outs" or share any other comments?
We are looking forward to a wonderful event. And I highly recommend attending it because the energy and level of competition is just amazing!
Photo courtesy of Nick Josty.
Deborah Davidson Harpur has been competing in agility since 1998. She currently handles 16 dogs of various breeds including Rat Terriers, All Americans, French Bull Dogs, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a Shetland Sheepdog, a Border Collie and more. She enjoys competing in USDAA agility and is the proud mom of USDAA roving reporter Rickie Roo. Her dogs are all proud canine ambassadors for the Active Care line of dog food by Breeder's Choice and for ilovedogs.com, tj.la, and ilovedogsdiamonds.com. You can learn more about Deborah and her dogs at pm2dogagility.com.