Posted Date: December 9, 2015
DAWG celebrated their 30th anniversary on October 17 and 18, 2015.
by Heather Smith
Can you imagine a world without dog agility? Well, a
bunch of dog enthusiasts got together to try out a new activity brought from
England by Ken Tatsch. Ken and his father built equipment to the
specifications found in England, except they added jump heights for small dogs
to participate. Every weekend this group of folks would load their cars
with agility equipment from Ken's garage and set up in a nearby park, practice
and then load up again to carefully put the jigsaw puzzle of equipment back in
his garage. There were no shows, no regionals, no world
championships in the U.S., just a bunch of Texas folks enjoying the company of
their dogs and others as they felt their way through training.
DAWG members from left to right kneeling in the front row
are: Valerie Evans, Crystal Ragan, Barry
Mattingly, Donna Ward, Lisa Brower, Lisa Jarvis, Kay Stimson, Courtney Keys.
Standing are: Herb
Blasé, Helena Roman, Bevy Boyer, Mark Shaw, Gail Clark, Pam Opanowitz, Ken
Tatsch, Martina Gooch, Jo Unbehaun, Autumn Jones, Heather
Smith, Charlene Chaney, Dori Page.
few demos, this group had the opportunity to provide a demonstration at the
Gaines Classic in Houston which took the form of a "competition" with a group
of people from the El Paso area who had been doing the same thing so our group
needed a name. The Dallas Agility Working Group was born. Spectators
were eight to ten deep as they watched and cheered as our dogs ran what now would be
considered Intro/Starters-style courses. It was 1985 and USDAA followed
the next year.
Ken presenting show chairman, Mark Shaw, with 30th
anniversary memento in front of DAWG's trailer on 10/17.
DAWG is the oldest continuously active agility group in
the U.S. and owes its longevity and success to hard-working, dedicated people
willing to give their time and resources to enjoy this activity with their
dogs. After 30 years, were still just bar hoppin' with our friends.
The DAWG 30th Anniversary cake. Ken and Andy from USDAA brought the ice tea.
DAWG put together a timeline of events for their newsletter: