Posted Date: April 17, 2008
Suzi and JIB will compete on the Mini dog team. By Brenna Fender
Suzi Cope and her seven-year-old male Miniature Poodle, JIB, live in Southlake, Texas. Suzi is retired and has pursued many titles in various sports with JIB, including the ADCH, the AKC conformation championship, the Novice Dock Dog, advanced tracking and obedience titles, and many others.
|Photo by Michael Cope.|
BF: What are you doing now to get ready for the WAC?
SC: Maintaining JIB's level of fitness has always been managed between trialing seasons by swimming in warm Caribbean waters. Since he was purchased as a boat dog, and only became an agility star later in life, he continues in his original work. We will practice with the Puerto Rican team and search for equipment on the island of Saint Maarten before leaving for Belgium. He will have sun burnt ears, but will be in great physical shape and mentally rested, like his handler.
BF: What do you think is your greatest strength in this event?
SC: JIB has proven to be at the top of his game after time aboard, and his greatest strength is soundness of body and soul. JIB comes to the line ready to rock and roll, and is often the member of the team that can run clean when faster dogs falter. He is the guy to trust.
BF: Tell us something about you that we don't know.
SC: Though I am the Grandma on the team, at 60, I was once the world record holder for most 100 mile trail run event completions by a woman.
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