Amy turned 94 today, and she ran Joy at an Agility trial to celebrate. Twelve years ago my friend Pam called and said her 82 year old friend wanted a sheltie to train in obedience and agility. Pam said that she would be the co-owner and take the dog should anything happen to Amy. I sent her Quill, who became Acadia Aquilegia, UD, RE, MX, MXJ, MJB, MXP, MJP2, under Amy's guidance. Last month, at age 12, Quill passed away. So much for worrying about an 82 year old owner.
Joy is fully trained and she and Amy are on "auto pilot" and Amy's only other dog is a retired Border Collie. She is ready for a new training challenge. Why not. I think the dogs, the mental challenge of training, the physical activity, the responsibility, keeps her young. I will send her another sheltie and look forward to writing about Amazing Amy for years to come.