World Agility Championships
World Team in Italy: Day One
September 20: Submitted by Sharon Anderson, AKC Agility Director/World Team Captain
The AKC/USA World Agility Team has arrived in Italy right on time and all handlers
and dogs are in great shape. The two departure destinations of Atlanta and New
York afforded great co-operations from Delta and dogs were walked and watered
and carefully loaded. After a two hour bus ride thru beautiful country side to
reach Desenzano and the three different hotels all the 87 Americans are settled
The World Team is staying at the hotel that accepted dogs, Plaza Garni. It
is located overlooking beautiful Lake Gardia with a white sand beach. This top
tourist attraction boasts many Italians walking their dogs for their stroll
along the walkways. The first team meeting was held by Coach, Dan Dege and the
practice schedule laid out and michrochips read to make sure all would pass
the vet. Inspection given by the Italian Kennel Club.
The Italian Kennel Club was called and notified that there would be a change
in the small team running order due to a car accident had by a team member.
The new team member will be Kimberly Sisak and Phoebe, Papillion, replacing
Katie O'Day in the Individual competition. Kim was originally the alternate.
This change occurred in the last 48 hours before departure.