Protect those Feet!


Toby did a tumble because he tried to lift both front feet at the same time as he squatted in his frozen facilities. Not sure what the pup thought would happen with no feet on the ground, but he lay there, startled. It was time to break out the new winter wear.

What you need:

  1. PawZ boots (look for the proper size for your dog)
  2. Proper size of PVC pipe that will fit over your dog’s feet.


How to quickly place on your dog’s paws





Send them outside

They will walk very funny at first and then they won’t want to come in. Just note that as they are out for a longer time running and playing, they can get a slushy mix of snow inside the booties.





UPDATE:  Neat as these are, they quickly developed holes/slits in the rubber. Just not sturdy enough to manage doggy nails (even trimmed ones) and maybe the ice?

For the fun of it

Practicing with their humans, some dogs almost walk the course as they are learning new moves, others bounce around just having fun with their owners, and others work hard so that they may please their masters.

Each animal’s personality really shows up, which is fun to watch. While these pups are not spit fires on the course like Bailey, it is easy to see that they are enjoying themselves.

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Joie de vivre

Some dogs exude a particular joy when running the agility course, while others compete for the love of their owner. Bailey has been featured in previous posts, not only because of the challenge of capturing such a fast competitor, but also because she exudes a joie de vivre that is rare to witness.

Bailey’s stats are over 5 yards a second. She seems to be airborne through most of those seconds. Without the camera, the spectator has no opportunity to even grasp the beauty of her running. It is simply a blur of fur in motion.

I am not a part of the agility scene, yet I watch her and feel a pull to be a part of her run. I want to experience that pure, clean, crisp joy that she demonstrates with each jump and stride. 

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Bailey trains at Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center on the South side of Indianapolis, Indiana, where her owner is a pre-agility instructor. She is also a member of the Greater Lafayette Kennel Club and a rescue / member of Indiana Sheltie Rescue.

Born to Herd

Like a spring on a tight coil, as indicated by her alert ears, the Border Collie, Pee Wee, goes into a “down” in a strategic maneuver delivered by a whistle from her handler.

Within seconds another whistle sends her circling the flock, herding them in the proper direction.

Kris, a young trainee, looks on with eager anticipation vibrating in every fiber. The Border Collies competed at the AKC sheep herding trials during the 2012 Scottish Festival in Columbus Indiana.

Backlit Shelties

Bailey – rescued through Indiana Sheltie Rescue in 2006 – a top competitive agility champion.

Toby – rescued through Indiana Sheltie Rescue in 2009 – top agility competitor.

Early in 2006 Indiana Sheltie Rescue (ISR) received a call from a local veterinarian to pick up a 4 month old pup. Although she was an expensive pure bred and still a young puppy, Bailey’s owners brought her in to be put down for “viciousness”.

Shelty pups are cute and cuddly. However this can deceive new owners who are unware that they can be high drive even as pups. Bred to be working dogs, many of them need a job to do. Happily, Bailey’s new owner gave her a job competing in the agility ring and she continues to grow and develop into a pure bred champion.

Toby was surrendered directly to ISR as a puppy when his young owner developed allergies. He is more of a lover than a dog with a lot of drive, but he competes with all his heart for his owner and is catching up with Bailey in his list of agility titles.

ISR is one of a number of excellent rescue organizations in the state. Often, these organizations work in conjunction with the local humane shelters and veterinarians to give unwanted pets a second chance.