|A Tale of Two Schnauzers
by Katie Johnson
All my life, I have been surrounded by cats. Don’t get me wrong, I love cats, but my passion has always been dogs. My parents finally gave in when I was 8 years old; we adopted 2 retired racing Greyhounds. I loved those dogs to death, and when they moved on two years later I was devastated. The house felt so empty without a dog, there was nobody there to greet you, nobody barking at the people jogging around the block and nobody to stretch out and hog the bed. This time around, we decided we wanted a terrier. My dad wanted a Cairn, my mom wanted a Miniature Schnauzer and I wanted a Scottie. My mom won and on October 5th 2001, a six-week old fuzz ball named Annie entered out lives and it has never been the same.
At the time, I competed in soccer and Annie would always come to the soccer games and sit in my mom’s lap and get tons of attention. I even taught her to stop a ball and pass it back to me. We entered a puppy class with her and she was horrible! She had way too much energy and couldn't understand why she had to stay in one place while I went to the other side of the room. So, we decided to try Agility. She was amazing, she quickly grasped the concept and we have gone on to earn our MACh and we are half-way to the second one. Annie and I also went to the 2007 & 2008 AKC Agility Nationals, which was a blast.
However much I loved Annie, there was something I wanted more, there was something missing. I remembered how much our Greyhounds used to play with each other, and decided that Annie needed a canine friend. After months of pleading, my little Komet came home. I found what I missed in Annie in Komet, he had fun. Annie can be very serious when we enter the ring and I have to really work to loosen her up. Komet is the exact opposite. Whenever we get close to the gate, he starts screaming and is usually gone before I set all 4 feet on the ground. Running Komet is a lot of work, I am usually exhausted at the end, but it is so much fun.
Komet seems to fly around the course, not always where I want him to go, but he is absolutely amazing. We are still in Exc A, and will probably be there for a while until he can focus for longer than 3 obstacles. Komet and I are also starting Flyball, he really enjoys that since he can run in a strait line and it doesn't require too much thinking on his part. There would be no way that he could be happy in a pet home, he needs a job and needs something to do. Komet loves life; I can see it every time he wakes up from his 2 minute nap and every time I take out his leash. He has this glimmer in his eyes that can’t help but make your heart melt.
When I step into the ring with Komet, with him pulling at the lead with all his might and screaming at the top of his lungs, there is no better moment for me. This is what I have been waiting for my whole life; this is what I live for. As soon as the leash goes off and Komet rockets over the first jump, it just takes my breath away. He is so happy. There is just this huge smile on his face and I know that there is no where else he wants to be than running the course together, and I feel the same way. Komet is my best friend.He is everything I ever wanted.