| Me and My Sheltie
By Sarah J. Kiely
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My name is Sarah Kiely and I am 10 years old. My Sheltie’s
name is “Allie Oop” and she is almost 1 ½ . Allie is the most
wonderful dog a kid could ever ask for. Allie was a tremendous surprise
for me! It was a cold fall day, and my mom surprised me by telling
me we were going to meet an old friend she used to ride horses with
for dinner. As we drove on, I was unsure why we were stopping at McDonald's
since we were supposed to be meeting her friend for dinner. Anyway,
didn’t really think much of it, so I ate too.
We got to my mom’s friends house and they had a bunch of
Shelties and Sheltie puppies. Little did I know at the time, that
one of those most adorable puppies was to be mine. My mom said to
me “Wow Sarah, look at all these puppies, aren’t they
so cute!” I, of course, agreed. Then my mom picked “Allie”
up and said “say hello to your new puppy.” I was so
lost for words, I couldn’t believe it. I even got teary-eyed! I had been asking
and asking for a dog to do agility with and my mom made my dreams
come true. We drove almost two hours each way and just to go to dinner?
What a tremendous surprise!
Now, Allie and I show at AKC agility trials and I am part of
the “AKC Junior Handler Program” which I feel very proud
to be a part of and wear my Junior Pin very proud. Allie and I aren’t
just a kid and a dog, we are a “TEAM.” Allie and I
started with obedience classes and then went on to weekly agility
classes in Andover, New Jersey, and practice often in our backyard
with my mom and her Pomeranians. My mom helps me a lot and we
read agility magazines and watch any kind of agility on TV that
comes our way. Our training also includes taking our dogs everywhere
we go to socialize them well so they can handle any situation without
a lot of stress. Allie and I just started trailing in September
2004, and got through the Novice Standard and Novice JWW. Allie
and I are now starting OPEN Standard and OPEN JWW, I am very excited.
We also appeared at the “National Dog Show” in Fort Washington,
PA November 13 and 14, 2004, as part of the “Agility Demos” which aired on Thanksgiving Day on NBC. That was
very exciting and an overall great experience for me and for Allie.
I owe my mom a lot. My agility experiences have been the time of
my life! When I grow up, I want dogs to always be a part of my life
and I would also like a career with dogs!