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If you’ve ever watched a dog compete in agility, you can guess the unique bond it creates between a dog and the handler. Even the amateur observer can notice the way the dog looks up at his master for direction and later for approval after soaring through those tunnels, dodging through those weave poles, and flying over jumps. Truly, this sport requires the dog and owner to work and move as a unit, and the relationship that results from participating runs strong and deep.

Here, see a dog embark on her last loop around the ring after a 10-year career from last weekend’s AKC agility trial in Great Falls. Lakota doesn’t do any jumps and moves slowly from old age, but Lakota’s spirit is as young and bright as the young star he or she once was.

Get started on building a bond with your dog like you’ve never experienced. Learn about getting involved in agility here.