Donna and Skeeter

USDAA Agility Dog Champion
USDAA Gamblers Champion
USDAA Snooker Champion
USDAA Jumpers Champion

We said good bye to Skeeter on February 3, 2014. He was approximately 14 years old and had been doing so well, until his diagnosis of cancer (hemangiosarcoma) in early January. It was my first personal dealings with cancer and let me just say that cancer STINKS!

But on to the good stuff about Skeeter....

Skeeter was my first border collie and forever cemented my love for this breed. I had recently lost 2 dogs and was dogless. George got a call from a friend who had recently taken a young border collie out of the humane society and was looking for a home for him. The border collie was exhibiting some less than socially acceptable behaviors. She knew George was into agility and may know of someone..... He knew I was looking and even though I had not owned a bc before, thought I would give it a trial run. Within hours we were sure he would not be leaving.

Skeeter was a beautiful, classic-looking border collie and was an AMAZING athlete. He allowed me to compete with the "big guns" and was admired by many. He had some "self-control" issues which we never totally got a handle on, but together we learned as much as we could about managing that aspect of him. It was always a joy to run with him, because he made it clear that running with me was his passion. He would often "scream" while running, causing people to stop, watch, and enjoy his work. We had a health scare with him in 2004. He was eventually diagnosed with Bartonella and after a long journey to find that diagnosis he began to improve. One of my fondest memories is running him at the Talbot trial for the first time after his long recovery and we both finished the course with a big smile on our face. In 2010 he made the finals for the Performance Speed Jumping class at the Cynosport games. I was so proud of our almost 11 year old boy. I can not begin to explain how much he taught me about teaching agility to my canine partners and about the handling component of agility. All of my subsequent dogs and students, have and will benefit from Skeeter.

Skeeter had been either semi-retired or retired for the last several years so I had gotten use to the non-agility part. His "job" as he saw it, was now to be with me at all times while I was home. If I changed rooms, he changed rooms. If I sat on the couch he was curled up beside me or bringing me a toy to throw. Even though Skeeter lacked confidence with dogs out in public he was always kind and deferring to the other dogs in our household. As George often commented he was the "consummate gentleman". Once George retired he and Skeeter became "my two retired boys" and both enjoyed this role.

The things I miss most about Skeeter have nothing to do with agility... the first is his big white blaze staring out of the front picture window as I got out of my car. No matter how far back he would sit from that window we could still see that blaze and it was always there waiting for us. The other behavior that was "so Skeeter" happened when I would be out in the yard. I could be raking leaves, picking up poop, mowing, shoveling, etc., and he would pick up a yard toy and run around with pure joy, celebrating the fact that WE were out in the yard. He always made me smile. George thinks that, right now, Skeeter is nudging an Angel to throw a tennis ball for him.

George and I have now lost the "pack" we started off with when we became Mr. and Mrs. We have wonderful dogs who we love and will always love, but it is a bitter sweet time as well.

ADCH Skeeter MX MXJ XF T-B, Border Collie
January 2000 (approximate) - February 3, 2014)
Breeder: Unknown
Parents: Unknown

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Of all of the dog beds we have Skeeter prefers the one for the Corgi's.

Check out Skeeter's videos...but don't try this with a dial-up connection!

Donna and Skeeter, Oriole Dog Training Club, AKC Jumpers with Weaves Run, January 2012

Donna and Skeeter, Blue Ridge Dog Training Club, AKC Jumpers with Weaves Run, July 9, 2011

Donna and Skeeter, USDAA Northeast Regional, Performance Speed Jumping Rounds 1 & 2, June 11 & 12, 2011

Donna and Skeeter, Jumpers with Weaves Run, at the Oriole Dog Training Club AKC Agility Trial, May 8, 2010. Video by Dr. Chris Zink...Thanks, Chris!

Donna and Skeeter, Standard Run, at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac AKC Agility Trial, July 27, 2008

Donna and Skeeter, Jumpers with Weaves Run, at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac AKC Agility Trial, July 27, 2008

Donna and Skeeter, Standard Run, at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac AKC Agility Trial, July 26, 2008

Donna and Skeeter at the Greater Baltimore Shetland Sheepdog Club AKC Agility Trial, April 26, 2008