"MACH Never Had Braces UD" aka Katie

(05/17/1998 – 10/21/2010)

MACH Never Had Braces CDX aka KatieKatie came off the track January 2001 and became a heart dog. At the time, I was picking out my first greyhound specifically with agility and obedience in mind. I had competed two other greyhounds and had learned it might be nice to have a greyhound with more drive, motivation, and energy. I hit the jackpot with Katie. She could not have been more perfect. Katie was high drive and extremely food motivated. Even at the end, she was eating creme cheese and scrambled eggs as she dozed off for the last time.

Katie competing in agilityKatie was the hardest working greyhound I have ever met and was such a pleasure to work. She was so cool and confident. Each new destination, Katie immediately owned it. Her social skills were flawless and she was an excellent dog to call on when working with another dog that was afraid or defensive of other dogs. Initially, she was very aloof, but once she bonded with me, she never took her eyes off of me. I truly cannot express how much this little greyhound means to me.

In Katie's first 15 months off the racetrack, she trained, competed, and earned AKC Novice, Open, and Excellent Standard and Jumper titles. Katie's agility claim to fame is that she is the first Master Agility Champion Greyhound. She was the #1 Greyhound in AKC Agility in 2002, 2003, and 2004. She is currently the #2 Greyhound for lifetime achievement, second only to Travis who was just a little faster that she was.

Katie and JenniferKatie also earned her Utility Dog obedience title. This is the hardest thing I have ever done with a dog and it took over 3 years of training and showing. She is the 14th Utility Dog Greyhound which is quite extraordinary when you consider that the first obedience trial was held in 1936.

Katie suffered a neurological injury on October 10th, 2007 and was retired from competition. Initially this was very scary and devestating as her left hind leg was paralyzed. Katie worked very hard at rehab and we even had fun doing it. She recovered to about 90%. I feel extremely blessed that we had no unfinished business, she exceeded all my expectations, and we accomplished every goal we set out to do.

Katie passed away from bone cancer October 2010.

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