Posted Date: October 24, 2015
Introducing a dog-handler team from this year's Cynosport event, Bobbijo and Hope Jones.
by Kama Reuschenberg
Bobbijo is a seven-year-old
Bassett Hound, and Hope Jones is her patient, dedicated handler from South
Carolina. Not only is Bobbijo Hope's first dog
competing in agility, but the 2015 USDAA Cynosport World Games is also their
first time attending a national competition!
Bobbijo fell into agility by accident. They were looking for an obedience
class, but the instructor they called no longer had any available. The
instructor did, however, offer agility and she encouraged Hope to just give it a try.
What Hope didn't know at the time is how much fun agility would be for Bobbijo, and
how addictive agility would be for them both. After being encouraged to enter a
competition with Bobbijo, that is exactly what happened - Hope caught the agility bug.
Bobbijo currently train in Charleston, South Carolina at SCoot Dog Agility
with John and Becka Thrift. Through her training there and her profession as a
special education instructor for grammar school, Hope has developed an
incredibly positive attitude. She follows the statement, Never say never, and always believe, and wears little reminders to believe in her agility jewelry and competition clothes.
team began training in 2010 and after only five years of agility training, her
trainers and friends at SCoot encouraged her to enter the 2015 Mid-Atlantic
Regional in Pennsylvania and, later, the 2015 USDAA Cynosport World Games.
This year, Hope
and Bobbijo are entered in Performance Versatility Pairs with Anna Blanton and
her Border Collie, Bea. Hope attributes a big part of her choosing to come to
the 2015 USDAA Cynosports World Games to Anna. Hope and Anna are both teachers
and appropriately named their team Teachers' Pets. As they walk
to each and every start-line they are competing with Anna's philosophy, You can't win if you
entered the Performance Speed Jumping Quarterfinals with Bobbijo, and she has
set goals to qualify for more events for the 2016 USDAA Cynosport World Games.
Bobbijo are an inspirational team who embody the concept of perseverance will
get you far. "You have to work hard, you have to put the time
in; you can't go to class once a week and think that's going to do it," said Hope.
"People have told us to quit, and I'm so glad I didn't," Hope continued. "Every team has adversity, but
it is a matter of belief. You have to build the relationship and trust,
and have people who believe in you so you believe in you," Hope
added with tears in her eyes.
teams are attending the 2015 USDAA Cynosport World Games from the dog agility
school Hope and Bobbijo train with, and you can hear them cheer for one another
before, during, and after runs. In addition to support from her school, Hope
has teachers from home sending text messages of encouragement and praise.
"I never thought this day was going to come, and
I almost didn't come when I found out I had qualified. I'm glad I took a chance," Hope said.
To anyone out
there currently competing or planning on competing, Hope wants to say, "You can do it if you have the desire and you believe."
Let Hope and
Bobbijo know you believe in them too! Send encouragement through the Facebook page for SCoot, where Hope and