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Old 10-19-2008, 01:01 AM   #1
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Default Vid of my "other" agility dog

This is a video of Laika, my American Eskimo. I didn't have a video camera when she was showing in agility, so I don't have any video of her doing agility. She's 11, and I decided I'd better get her out to the field to take some video footage.

I carefully chose the song to go with this footage cause though she's older now...this dog still ROCKS!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoQ-pg2qVag
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Here's a column I wrote for a newsletter on Laika's story for those of you who haven't read it before.

A Champion's Heart

The first time I saw her, she was a shaking white blob of fur in the back of a cage. Her first two years of life had been hard. Physical abuse and neglect haunted her as a puppy, and now, she was abandoned in a strange shelter. Her eyes told me it was more than she could bear. So, I adopted her.

After I got her home, I discovered how truly emotionally damaged my new dog was. She had been left alone for hours a day in her crate. Her owner only let her out early in the morning, before sunrise, and late at night, after sunset. She was afraid of daylight. Afraid of people. Afraid of noises. In fact, she was afraid, deathly afraid, of everything - except her crate.

Socialization of puppies is essential. No one cared enough to take this white pup to a puppy class. She had never been taken out and about and shown a beautiful world. Because of this, "out and about" became a world to fear.

But she was beautiful. A pure-bred American Eskimo Dog - all white and silky. She even came with registration papers. I had dreams for her. I wanted to train her and show her in agility. I told my vet of my future hopes for the shaking white dog. "Well," she said, "I've seen miracles happen."

People say love will cure formerly abused dogs. And while love is a vital ingredient, healing - as full as it can come to such a dog - is obtained only through positive training. I knew this, and so off to school went Laika, the white, shaking dog.

Through positive, love-based training, Laika's personality began to slowly unfurl. I discovered my dog was an athlete. She was totally devoted to her family. She wore her emotions on her sleeve, and she had an incredible sense of humor and mischief.

Training results weren't obtained overnight. We watched as other dogs who started with Laika went on to achieve success in the show ring. But we were a determined team, Laika and I. We spent hours upon hours working, training, bonding and healing.

And finally, three and a half years later, Laika received her first title - a novice title in agility. It's not much, really, in comparison to most other dogs. They zip through their novice titles with only a little fanfare or recognition of the achievement. But for us, it's recorded evidence of one dog's triumph over adversity. It's three initials after her name - Laika of Deepfork NAJ - that prove the power of love.

I am extraordinarily proud of my white dog, and you'll have to forgive me if I brag a bit over this little title. I know what she's had to overcome just to face the world daily, and then to think she had enough love for me and love for the sport of agility to rise even further to achieve the three ribbons that represent the three little letters - NAJ (Novice Agility Jumpers). Well, let me just say I wish I had half the courage my dog does.

And, my experience as her owner has made me a better trainer. I am a more sensitive trainer - more in tune with my dogs. Laika has taught me - more than any other dog I have owned or trained - the importance of patience, love and gentleness in training.

When I looked into the eyes of the shaking blob of white fur stuck in the cage of the shelter, I knew what few could see. That inside that fearful dog beat the heart of a champion.

She's never proven me wrong.
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Great video and story. Glad we had a chance to see Laika in action and enjoying herself. Thanks for posting it!

Her story fits the words in that old Virginia Slims commercial. "You've come a long way baby!"
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Totally agree. A great story with a happy ending & wonderful to see her in action, looking like a young dog. Well done.
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Bless her what a sad start in life, you have done her well, and she looks great in that video.
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I'm with the others very sad start in life but what a wonderful dog Laika is and it shows in the video and pictures. She is still stunning at 11years old.

Thanks you so much for sharing her story and the video You two really have enriched each others lives.
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Wonderful Video as usual...............I always enjoy your video's
Seen the one of Aslan winning his MACH2 too..............he won it on the day of my birthday..........which I spent in Graceland Memphis LOL.
Congratulation Aslan.............big Hugs from us.
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Thanks everyone. Laika is a great girl and is very happy now.

Sheltie Lover, I'm glad Aslan won his MACH2 on your birthday. That was a fun day, and I hope you enjoyed your day at Graceland.
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Yes Agility.........I did enjoy my day at Graceland.........it was amazing to see !!!!
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