Canine Performance Agility Nationals 2011: Ribbons & Barks!

Posted by Raja on June 15th, 2011 — Posted in Agility

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On the weekend of June 9th through 12th, qualifying US and Canadian agility dog athletes and their humans convened for the National Games at the Washington County fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.  This was a wonderful event, really inspiring and positive in spirit; Raja and I were privileged to be attending as bloggers and press. 

This democratic and embracing canine sport offers opportunities for almost everybody who wants to join in at any level, club, group or national. 

As the Canine Performance Events (CPE) literature states: 

  • Membership is open to all purebred and mixed-breed dogs
  • 15 months of age or older
  • Veterans 6 years or older compete at lower jump heights
  • Enthusiast and Specialist compete at lower jump heights
  • 5 Levels of Titles (from Beginners to Championship)
  • Standard Classes and many Games Classes
  • Junior’s and Physically Challenged Handlers are welcomed!

Club teammates support each other.


And the motto is: “Success can be achieved through positive training and teamwork.” Which is basically true for every challenge in life, right? 

CPE agility competition, unless you lose your good heart and begin to be a snob or a critic, is like golf.  You always play against your previous best.  The goal is not to beat the best dog there, but to come out a better dog than you went in. 

Raja for sure came out a stronger dog than he went in.  He met his friends and came home with a little more swagger, if that’s really possible. 

CPE not only create opportunities for dog sport, they create community and lasting friendships across the US and Canada, bringing together an ephemeral village of enthusiasts, many of whom have traveled long distances and sacrificed all year to be present to compete.  And they bring out the creativity and talent in all participants as they meet challenges and develop patience and spontaneous kindness.  Small dogs and big dogs are all welcome as dogs are classified by how high they jump not how tall they walk.

Team Great Dane

Team Italian Mastiff

Raja joined the clubhouse cabin of the Fisherdogs, athletes Cy, CT, and Skamp from Michigan.  Their motto was “We’re Fishing for Fame, Fashion, Agility Q’s, Friends and Fun!”  Dressed in Fisherdog Gear made by Carolyn’s Originals ( ) they proudly represented for their group in a decorating competition along with contestants as far away as Texas and as close as Washington County.  Fun fun fun for everybody! 
A horse barn stall becomes the Cabin of the Fisherdogs!

Raja says four paws up for Canine Performance Agility!  Agility gets everybody off the couch and out into the playing arena healthy, smart, artistic and proud!


Comment by Sheryll & Critters.

Oh Baby Darling Raja….

I did not get your blog now for several times and therefore PLEASE emailme and the critters for me and you……darling do not leave me waiting again please?

I figured out what went wrong…. those darn jealous kitty kats erased all…… you know with the brand new babies and all, Sapphire is so jeaolous.

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Comment by Pat &Buttercup

Raja.. What a fun time .. Love your agility theme!! You are quite the traveler ,and blogger ! Congrats to all the champions that competed ….. They are all winners to us !

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Comment by Cy & CT

Raja & Helen,
We feel so fortunate to have met you both at the CPE Nationals. We had such a fun time and are so glad you shared it with us. We hoped you like watching us work with our mom to complete our courses. CT says he tried to follow mom but sometimes he just had to go and visit the bar setters so they wouldn’t get lonely out there by themselves.

This was 3 days of lifelong special memories we will always cherish and we would encourage anyone to give agility a try. You don’t have to be speedy, you just have to want to have fun with your dog, in the process you build a really great bond with your dog, help them build confidence with themselves and make many new friends.

Your Fellow Fisherdogs,
Cy & CT

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Comment by Rhea

It was great to have you at Nationals. Your lucky paw is what I needed!! And I’m glad Helen and you had a chance to see what Agility is all about and how all of us can have so much fun.
Thanks for coming to cheer us on!!
Puppy Love,

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 2:33 am

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