Oskar’s (and Stephanie’s) Story – A Canadian Agility Champion, and Stephanie’s Personal Pal
In 2005 I began my “mission” to keep Oskar, my Lhasa Apso, as healthy as I possibly could. My goal recognised the importance of stimulating him mentally. Animals, just like humans, will be more alert if they work to use their brains, no matter the age.
Agility training isn’t just for border collies
Oskar was 8 years old when I was introduced to the world of canine agility. This is a sport that is open to all dogs, no matter the age, size or breed. Initially I never thought that I would do more than take classes with my “little man” — after all, agility is a world in which mostly shelties and border collies thrive…no? And I was starting him at an age when many dogs are already retiring.
Hooked on agility training
Our new past time soon became a passion and my little Lhasa Apso quickly began to thrive in this world. He loved the sport and could not get enough of it. Only one year after starting classes I decided to enrol him in our first competition – again just for the pleasure. Never in a million years, would I have imagined that this would be the beginning of a very successful career.
A Canadian Champion
Oskar achieved the title of Agility Trial Champion of Canada in 2008, only two years after starting competitions. In 2008 he became Quebec Provincial Champion in his division after competing at provincial championships – and in 2009 he won the Canadian Championship in his division. In 2010 he became the 6th dog in Quebec to have achieved his Lifetime Award of Merit. He is the only Lhasa in Canada to have completed such a feat. Oskar has continuously surpassed any expectations … and I am thrilled to have been around for the ride!
So when do we retire?
At the ripe young age of fourteen he has made me more proud than I could have ever imagined. Many people ask me when Oskar will retire. My answer – is when he doesn’t want to do it anymore, that’s the day we will stop. …until then we continue on our mission to stay healthy, in shape and mentally stimulated so that I may have him by my side for many more years.