Posted Date: March 23, 2016
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.
Where do you live?
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
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.