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Bill Cody Arena home to dog agility competition


F

or the past three

days



some four legged friends made



the Bill C

ody
Arena their play pen for the semi annual All-Breed American Kennel Club (AKC) agility competition.


D

onna
Crary-Johnson said not many people understand her as well as her 10-year-old Miniature American Shepard.



"

S

he's my heart dog

." Crary-Johnson said. "S

he is really the sweetest

, and she reads me like a book. I can tweak my shoulder and she'll know where to go."


F

or two years
Icy-Hot has been a hot competitor on the AKC list, and she's making a run in 2014. Icy-hot has competed for nine years, and according to Crary-Johnson it's rare to see a 10-year-old shepard keep up with the pack.


"S

he has not slowed down, so
God willing that she'll keep going strong for a few more years," Crary-Johnson said.


T

here are four levels of c

o

mpetition: novice, open, excellence and masters.

As for Icy-Hot, she's no stranger to being a master at agility.


A

ccording to
Carolyn Johnson-Archer, a member of the Amarillo Obedience Training Club, all dogs must be close to perfection at the master level.


"T

hey need to be able to ignore distractions a lot

,

and work with their mom and their dad

," Johnson-Archer said.


T

his is
Amarillo's second largest agility competition with participants from Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico and parts of Texas.


C

rary-

J

ohnson and
Icy-Hot traveled from Rio Rancho, N.M., but for this duo the end goal is to make it to the Eukanuba National Championship.



"

W

e start them at eight weeks doing foundation skills

." Crary-Johnson said. "I

t's a lot work but it's a lot of fun.


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