But She is Still My Baby Dog . . .

Posted on 04/21/10 23 Comments

Well big news came in tonight, the CKC Agility Team Canada (FCI World Team) was named. I am very pleased to report that Missy Encore and baby Feature have both be named to the Large Dog team.   For Feature, being named to her 2nd World Team before her 3rd birthday is both exciting and a little scary. I did give this scenario a great deal of thought before submitting her application. However, Feature is just such a mature dog for her age. I am sure she will take all the hoopla in the same laid back attitude with which she approaches everything in her life.

Feature & Encore will keep each other company on their overseas trips this year.

The other big news is that my friend and one of our Say Yes Instructor’s Lynda Orton-Hill and her kick ass fast Sheltie “Favor” has also earned a spot on the CKC team. This is Lynda’s third trip to the World Championships as Favor is following in Lynda’s great Golden Retriever “Spirit’s” paw prints.

Lynda Orton-Hill’s Sheltie “Favor”

Here is the entire Canadian team, I am thrilled that more than 50% of these dogs started right here in our Say Yes Foundation program. Also noteworthy is this is the first time Canada is sending a Large Dog Team made up entirely of Border Collies. It is a great group of people and I am proud to be associated with each of them.

Mini Team
Jessica Martin and Dice (Sheltie from Ontario)
Lynda Orton Hill and Favor (Sheltie from Ontario)
Cathy Taylor and Brigs (Sheltie from Ontario)
Suzanne Labrie and Copine (Sheltie from Quebec)

Midi Team
Nicki Gurr and Ninja (Sheltie from British Columbia)
Justine Davenport and Preston (Sheltie from Alberta)
Teri O’Neil and Cypher (Sheltie from Alberta)
Lucie Dessurault and Nitro (Sheltie from Quebec)
ALTERNATE Justine Davenport and Riot (Sheltie from Alberta)

Maxi Team
Susan Garrett and Encore (Border Collie from Ontario)
Susan Garrett and Feature (Border Collie from Ontario)
Fred Waters and Tanafon (Border Collie from Quebec)
Adrian Rooyakkers and Fizz (Border Collie from Ontario)
ALTERNATE Theresa Rector and Phoenix (Kelpie from Ontario)

Today I am grateful for the opportunity to once again compete at agility’s highest level and am honoured to be named within such a fine group of dog and handler teams!


  1. Janis says:
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 6:47pm

    Congratulations! Was there ever a doubt? You, Encore and Feature make a terrific team.


  2. Richard says:
    Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:17pm

    Congratulations on getting both dogs on the team. I know you will all do a great job and I wish we could be there to see more of your great pressure runs. Congrats to Lynda and all the other handlers as well 🙂

    Richard & Stevie Ray


  3. Naomi dh says:
    Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:59pm

    should have been with a v … live 🙂


  4. Naomi dh says:
    Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:58pm

    Good luck- we’ll be watching life 🙂


  5. Darcy says:
    Friday, April 23, 2010 at 7:42pm

    Way to go Susan, Encore and Feature! You deserve this!

    Good luck to you and all the SY people!!


  6. Suzanne Wesley says:
    Friday, April 23, 2010 at 2:36pm

    Congratulations to you, Encore and Feature. Just amazing to think that Feature less than 3 years of age! WOW. Carol Smorch said it all. It is indeed a fabulous validation of Say Yes’ training philosophy!!


  7. Douglas says:
    Friday, April 23, 2010 at 12:28pm

    Congratulations. Quite an accomplishment!


  8. Nicola Garrett says:
    Friday, April 23, 2010 at 3:45am

    Congratulations to all of you but especially my special girl Feature, she has all the ability to get a gold medal and follow in her fathers footsteps. Looking forward to seeing you both at the IFCS and hopefully the FCI WC as well. Nicola Garrett


  9. Theresa says:
    Friday, April 23, 2010 at 1:42am

    wow… I could not be happier for you , Susan.
    I cannot imagine anyone else who deserves it more.


  10. Mary Lou says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:14pm

    Congrats to all! I am thrilled for you and can’t wait to watch your fabulous runs with both dogs!


  11. Tiffany says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:43pm

    Looks like a fabulous team! Go big Red Dogs (and Fizzy too!)


  12. Karey says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 2:42pm

    I so excited for both you and Lynda. What wonderful news!!!! Congrats!!!! GO CANADA GO!!!!!!


  13. MJ says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:02pm

    Susan, if that is any indication, LA (Simply the Best), Silvia’s PS, won the individual at less than 3 yrs old 😉
    Good luck


  14. Justine Davenport says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:42am

    Good job Susan, Encore and Feature! Looks like a great team this year 🙂


  15. Kelly says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 10:10am

    The relationship you and Lynda have with your dogs and the work you’ve done on creating an incredibly solid foundation have paid off big time and are models to anyone who desires to form a world-class team! Congratulations to you and Lynda, and what an awesome team we have this year!


  16. Christine says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:02am

    After witnessing the amount of detail and committment that the SY team has to their dogs foundation and training this is no surprise that Feature, Encore & Favor have made the team.

    Congrats ladies and the entire team on being selected!


  17. Judith Batchelor says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:51am

    Congradulations- Susan (Encore -Feature) and Lynda (Favor)- your hard work and dedication has paid off!


  18. Carol Smorch says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8:14am

    How exciting! Fabulous validation that Say Yes training philosophy breed success for dog and handler. Well done Susan for not only your personal accomplishments but also touching the lives of others – salute’!


  19. Dianne Spring says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:16am

    What a proud day for you, Lynda and all the great dogs that have come through Say Yes.


  20. Deb D says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:01am

    That’s great news!


  21. Andrea says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:56am

    Wow that’s awesome news! I’m sure there was a big party at Say Yes last night.


  22. denise says:
    Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:26am

    Congratulations to you and Lynda (and Encore, Feature and Favor)!! Apart from one rogue Kelpie it looks like the Sheltie and Border Collie show for the Canadian team 🙂


  23. Kari says:
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 10:59pm

    Congratulations to you, Lynda and the whole team!


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