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IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Mike Padgett

A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Mike Padgett and his dogs Kona and Elsie.


We are featuring regular profiles of all of the IFCS 2016 Team Members. Today we feature Mike Padgett and his dog Elsie.



I am a semi-retired engineer and full time agility nut. I gave up full-time engineering job over eight years ago to be able to spend more time with my wife Jan and all of our furry little kids. I am honored to be a part of the 2016 IFCS WAC Team USA with my two girls, Kona and Elsie. Kona is an eight-year-old Sheltie who loves agility more than anything, except for pudding, ice cream and her mommy, but agility is way up there on her list. Elsie is a four-year-old Sheltie who just loves to play and play. Both girls possess a seemingly endless supply independence and stubbornness, which I absolutely love. We are very, very excited to be a part of Team USA.      

Questionnaire:

Where do you live?  Anderson, SC.

How did you first get involved with agility? I adopted a rescue Border Collie.

What made you decide to compete? I wanted to see my wife on the weekends as she already was competing in agility.

Do you participate in any other dog sports or training with your dogs?  I do casual obedience and herding.

Tell us more about the dog(s) you will be competing with as an IFCS Team Member? Kona is an eight-year-old, very tiny Sheltie. She is an experienced international competitor, but will be sitting out this year due to injury. Elsie is a four-year-old Sheltie and is Kona's niece. Elsie will be making her second IFCS WAC appearance this year.

Are there any challenges you have faced with your dog that you'd be willing to share and how you both overcame the challenge and achieved success? Kona and Elsie are both severely handler challenged. They have been working hard to improve their handler.

Do you have other dogs/pets aside from your IFCS dog? Tell us more about them: We have a full pack of seven Shelties at home.

Describe for us what you do in your "other" non-agility life, work life? If retired, what did you do before?  Other non-agility life? What is that? 

How does it feel to be on the IFCS Team this year? Awesome!

What are you looking forward to the most at the World Agility Championship event in The Netherlands this April? Being a part of Team USA.

Do you do anything special to prepare yourself for a big competition? Rest.

People who enjoy agility with their dogs are often intimidated by the idea of competition - what advice would you give them to encourage them to take the plunge?  No matter how big or small the competition, it is just another day to play with your dogs. Enjoy every minute.

Do you have a favorite dog from a book, movie, TV-show or video game? Gromit from Wallace and Gromit. 

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