We are thrilled to introduce this month’s DogLogic Training Team of the Month, Morgan Rhodes and her partner, Eddie!
Morgan has been a member of our growing DogLogic family for several years now, and is a familiar and welcome face in classes, at our events and at agility trials around the country. Recently, Morgan and Eddie, as one of the 5 top teams in their breed category, were invited to compete at the AKC Invitational event in Florida. Out of 147 dogs entered in the 8” class at this event, Morgan and Eddie finished 31st. Eddie also ended the event as the top Parson Jack Russell Terrier in the country! Congratulations team Morgan and Eddie!
We hope you’ll enjoy reading about Morgan and Eddie’s agility journey!
Eddie finished 31st out of 147 8″ dogs! Such a special boy! 🙂 Let’s see, I started agility 7 years ago with Eddie on a whim. I was at a festival and someone had agility equipment set up and I thought I’d like to try it. I knew Eddie (who I also bought on a whim at a horse show) needed a “job” and an outlet for his energy and it happened to be the perfect fit. I found DogLogic within a few months of starting classes and really enjoyed and understood the positive and methodical style of teaching. I knew DogLogic would help me meet my goals with Eddie – at the time my only goal was to compete. Who knew that we would end up so far down the road with 5 MACH’s, 3 years invited to Invitational and 3 years qualifying for Nationals and so many other perks along the way. Sometimes you never know where a small statement may lead you! I would say agility training has enhanced my relationship with all of my animals, horses included, mainly due to the awareness that even when you are asking for nothing, you are still staying something. It’s a very powerful communication skill and so often our animals are teaching us things that we are unaware.
While agility is my hobby I believe every hobby should have an application like competing. I love putting our skills to the test and the best thing about agility is that it is objective. In my opinion, at the end of the day your only competing against your last run and sometimes my 100% that day might not be as good as it was the day before but I still got to the opportunity to run my dog. Some of my favorite runs are ones we did not qualify in but we had a good time. The start line is my favorite part of every run. It is a moment of stillness and connection with your dog (don’t miss out on this moment). In agility we do not get many moments of stillness but it is important to take a moment and be thankful for another start line.
I love my agility family and I think they are some of the best people around! I look forward to many more start lines with Eddie and Lux and the commodore with my dogs and two legged friends as well.
Thanks Morgan. We are so glad you chose us to be a part of your incredible journey. We’d also like to congratulate you on the imminent arrival of your 2-legged baby. Miss Lillian Rhodes. Can’t wait to meet her in person!