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Agile dogs fetch their owner a clutch of top prizes.

Byline: Katie Bodinger

JACK and Lucy are two top dogs!

While some pooches may be happy just to fetch their favourite toy, this pair are fetching their owner Susie Josty a string of prizes.

Jack, a 13-year-old rescue dog, came second in two categories of the Supadog Agility Rescue League championship finals last Friday.

Meanwhile Lucy, a 10-year-old working sheepdog, has been chosen for a Great Britain team that will travel to Germany next month for the European Open Championship in Gelschenkirchen.

Susie, from Thornhill, Cardiff, who travels to the tournaments with husband Nick and seven-year-old son Dan, said: "I'm very proud of their achievements.

They have both done really well."

Life for Jack, a Labrador Retriever cross, has not always been so good. When he was a puppy, his life hung in the balance after his alcoholic owner was admitted to rehab, leaving him without anybody to look after him.

Susie, a book keeper, took him in, never imagining that, over the next decade, he would dominate the sport of dog agility, winning countless competitions. He has secured more than 200 first places over his career, including three wins at Crufts.

"It's remarkable that he's still going strong - most dogs retire from this when they're nine or 10. But Jack is an independent little thing, and so long as he wants to do it, he'll do it," she said.

She added: "He's a very wise dog with a lovely nature."

And Susie is hoping Lucy will achieve similar success when she travels to Germany next month.

"I love going to the shows," said the 36-year-old, also owner of sheepdog Billie.

"The atmosphere is great and the dogs really enjoy it."

But what does an athletic animal do to wind down when they're not training hard?

"Jack is partial to any treats, but he does like eating sausages," said Susie. "Lucy likes to sleep. She's very laid back when she's not competing."

katie.bodinger@mediawales.co.uk

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Date:Jun 19, 2008
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