Zippity the Border Collie lives for agility, said her human Denise Thomas.
“She is really a talented dog physically,” Thomas said. “She’s a very graceful jumper.”
Thomas said agility is in Zippity’s family – her brother and father competed in agility on the international level. The 5-year-old Border Collie was scheduled to tackle the courses in her first world championship at the 2009 FCI Dog Agility World Championship in Austria.
The Pennsylvania resident said she felt a bit nervous participating in the large dog team. Thomas said the team is great because of the returning members.
“It should be good, it should be exciting,” she said before leaving to Austria. “There is certainly a lot of talent sitting there.”
Thomas spoke of her goal for Austria. “This being my first year, I want to go clean (a run free of errors) for the team events,” she said. “That’s what it’s really all about, getting all three dogs to go clean.”
Thomas began showing dogs when she was a 9-year-old involved in 4-H. She started judging at the AKC level in the mid-1990s. She was showing in obedience when she became enamored with agility.
Now Thomas is the secretary for her agility training center, Countryside Agility. The business also manufactures equipment for courses.
Zippity has a Masters in Agility Championship 2 among other titles.