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      Bill Cody Arena home to dog agility competition


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      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.


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



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      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."


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      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.


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      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.


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      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.


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      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.



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      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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