Ian Dobison & Tyler - Ag Ch Call me Mr T
I got Tyler at 6 weeks old from The Dogs Trust in Darlington, and I had previously got Amber (The Foxy Lady) who was my first agility dog, from there a few months before, when she was about 18 months old (now running in Anysize).
It was clear from the beginning that I had a special bond with Tyler, and when we starting training we seemed to be totally in tune with each other. At his first show (April 2002) I think he ran under more jumps than jumped over. However, by the end of the year he had won his first novice class, and then won his second novice to make him senior at the third show of 2003, just a few months later he was advanced.
In April 2004 we entered our first Championship class (at S.B.C.C), I had no real expectations, just to try to get in the final. The qualifying runs went perfectly and we got to the final, that run also went perfectly and we won. I couldn't believe it we had done it at our first attempt.
A year later at the same show as our first win, and more experienced at running Champ classes we approached this one in the same way, just aiming to get to the final, and we got through to on faults. We had a perfect run in the final and won our second champ ticket. One week later at Woodside I managed to keep focused and we won our third and final ticket to make my little rescue dog 'Agility Champion Call Me Mr T'. We haven't entered a champ class since then, as I don't think I need to. Every time he gets his name read out at a presentation, which is very often, I feel so proud of him.
I also run my 4 year old tri bitch Meena (little miss Meena) she has been more difficult to handle, but, she is up to Gr5 now and i am hoping for good things from her in the future.
Myself and partner Clare Stainton have 7 dogs altogether, 6 are rescue. I also run Clare's none rescue Gr6 (Foxy Tia). Clare runs a Gr5, William (One in a William) and a Gr3, Walter (Can't Fault a Walter) and they are both doing quite well. We also foster and re-home dogs on a regular basis and we are always keen to promote rescue dogs and how well you can do with them in agility.
*Update Ian & Tyler won the Pairs at Olympia
Tyler & "Amber The Foxy Lady "
2007 Allsorts winner & Ian's first agility dog