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Celebrate Shelter Dogs at Cynosport for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

A look at some of the fabulous shelter and rescue dogs who competed in Cynosport last week.


The first week of November is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. We thought we would feature some of the shelter and rescue dogs who competed at the USDAA World Cynosport event last week in Murfreesboro, TN.

Hayley - Competitor Bettina Markowitz turned to agility to bolster her newly rescued dog Hayley's confidence. Agility was a sport I had had an interest in for quite some time after seeing it on TV. I was excited to try it and help build her confidence. We started training about six months into our relationship. We both fell in love with the sport. She's been easy to train and so fun to work with. The top comment I receive from people that see her run is she runs so happy. She does, and I love it. She's been an amazing partner to work with and I am so grateful all her misfortune brought her to me. I hope I never let her down. Read more...

Star - Stars first USDAA trial was in May of 2009, where she took First Place in Snooker. Stars first Cynosport was in 2013 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with a Bye in PGP Semi-Finals. Star received her PDCH in April of 2015. Star's owner, Melissa Muniz, says "We are looking forward to another great time at Cynosport 2015!" Read more...

Jack - Sandy Morris', Jack's owner, says he was "often into mischief, and we finally discovered agility a few years ago. We were taking an obedience class, and the teacher pointed across the park to the agility class and gently suggested that Jack would be much happier in agility rather than obedience! She was so right  we are both thrilled to be running together as a team. I now try and get other rescue dogs involved, as I think it's a wonderful bonding and confidence builder, especially for dogs that have been bounced around from different homes. This will be our first time at Cynosport, and hopefully not our last!" Read more...

Serendipity - Mary Metelko and Seri are enjoying a very successful agility career. Seri is the first and only Bluetick Coonhound to achieve the United States Dog Agility Association's coveted Agility Dog Champion title. In 2013, Metelko and Seri and their teammates took 19th place out of more than 200 teams at Championships that year. Read more...

Fiona - Grammy awarded Recording Engineer and Music Producer, Nick Sparks from Nashville competed with his nine-year-old Shetland Sheepdog, Fiona. Nick and his wife adopted Fiona as a pup from the Middle Tennessee Sheltie Rescue Group. Agility has helped both Sparks and Fiona focus on all the positive aspects in both life and in competitive dog events. Read more...


Read more about the many shelter dogs who participated in Cynosport this year at the Cynosport website.

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