Meet AKC National Agility Champion Finalist: Roo!
NAC MACH2 Roo! made the finals of and placed fourth in the 24-inch jump height division at the 2015 AKC National Agility Championships held March 29 in Reno, NV. Roo! is a former AKC National Agility Champion; first place winner at the AKC Agility Invitational; and AKC/USA World Agility team member.
Stacey Campbell of Menlo Park, CA, was working as a trainer for the San Francisco SPCA when she met Roo at the shelter.
“I had been looking for a new dog to train for competition obedience for several months, and little did I know that a boisterous, big-eared, mixed breed would steal my heart,” Stacey said. “As I watched Roo! walk out of the shelter for the second time; I wondered if she was ‘the dog that got away.’ Fortunately for me, her second adopters found her a bit too mischievous and returned Roo! to the shelter three weeks later.
“At the time, she was an out of control, untrained adolescent dog with an endless supply of energy, and for the first six months, we focused on basic house manners and learning how to redirect her enthusiasm for life. Soon we started to train for competition obedience.”
Roo! breezed through her AKC Companion Dog title and quickly earned her first two CDX legs. While training for obedience, Stacey & Roo! started agility as something fun to do together, and Roo! loved it.
“She loves to run and climb, and my light, leggy dog is a natural born jumper; it seemed like the perfect sport for her. After a year of agility training, we entered our first trial, and 18 months later, Roo! earned her Master Agility Championship. It's been an exhilarating journey, and I am so lucky to share these adventures with my wonderfully naughty girl!”