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Meet Anne Andrle, USDAA IFCS WAC Team Member

Anne and Ski are part of the midi team.  By Brenna Fender

Anne Andrle is a clinical pharmacist, specializing in cardiology, who lives in Buxton, Maine with her WAC canine teammate, seven-year-old Border Collie, Ski.

Photo by Jose Franco

BF: What are you doing now to get ready for the big event?
AA: Driving up and down the east coast finding any trial within a 16 hour drive!  "Peaking" by May 9th when you live in New England can be challenging!  There are not too many shows this time of year, so I am traveling quite a bit.  I find showing a lot right up until a big competition helps sharpen both me and my dog.

BF: Which of your strengths do you think will come in handy in IFCS competition and why?
AA: I think my strength as a handler is my mental game. I try to remain connected to my dog at big events, staying "on" despite distractions.  I also think I add my positive mental attitude to the 2008 World Team, I work to keep things in perspective and find the silver lining to most situations, where possible.  Ski's strength is her undiminished enthusiasm!  She thinks she's the best thing since sliced bread!  Actually though, she is a great gamble dog, and her ability to go from "0 to 60" is impressive.  She excels at extension, and is able to "leap tall buildings  in a single bound", so course sequences incorporating this skill are her specialty!

BF: Tell us something about you that we don't know.
AA: I use Bikram Yoga techniques to help center myself mentally for big competitions.  I love disco and hip-hop and enjoy dancing to either!  

Photo by Lo Baker

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