A dream come true
Holly Davies always wanted a dog. She dreamt of the day when she be at Crufts with her own dog, but she was never allowed to have one - and that was that! So she took up horse riding, but it wasn't as good because you can't take a horse home! When a lady at the stables announced that her dog was having puppies, Holly couldn't believe it. She went to see them when they were only one day old. 'All sold - sorry,' the owner said 'but the little girl one. We want to find her a better home.' And they did.
The puppy's owner turned to me and asked. 'What d'ya think?'
'Wow,' I thought.
I raced home to tell my parents. After hours and hours of whining, Dad gave in, 'Okay, okay,' he said. That was how Penny became my little girl.
When I collected her, she couldn't wait to get away from her brothers. Can you blame her!
'Sheís always wanted to get to Crufts,' my Mum said to the bitch's owner.
'I think you'll have a job, being a mongrel,' she laughed!
At the age of one, we bundled her into the car, and arrived at a field to train her. I let her off, expecting her to be like the good little dog that she was in the garden. Woof, woof, woof she went, rounding up the horses in the next field, running through a tunnel and refusing to come out the other side. She even tried to start a fight with a dog four times her size. I could've died!
'I'm not coming again.' I cried, Mum wiping the tears from my eyes. But I had no choice. We'd booked the six week course! I took her along each week, and she slowly improved.
We had her registered for the shows as Holly's Penny Black, a name we chose as she was from Kidderminster, home of the famous stamp. Dad's idea was 'Little Black Bullet. You have to laugh!
road to Crufts
She went on to become Intermediate, then Senior and at the end of 2001, Advanced. She has been to Crufts several times, winning her demonstration classes each time. At 14" high Penny showed those Standards a thing or two, he he! She came runner-up Junior Agility Dog of the Year, just one-tenth of a second behind the winner. For which she was pictured in several newspapers. She did her first Championship class a few weeks ago, and she was clear in the Jumping and Agility, but we didn't get anywhere in the final. She is off to Crufts again in March having just won 16-18 year old Mini class at the YKC qualifiers at Birmingham.
Because of our achievements, in the year 2000, we had another dog, Sophie, a blue and white Border Collie. She's well... pretty useless at agility! Actually she's getting there... slowly. You canít knock her enthusiasm! Her fortť is Obedience and Working Trials.
Iíll be lucky to get another Penny, but Iím keeping an ear out for any pups from the riding stables!
As previously mentioned, I started agility at the age of eleven, and have been addicted ever since! My other dog related interests include Working Trials, Obedience and the odd spot of flyball!
If you are ever out and about, youíll hear me and my dogs before you see us, we must be the noisiest trio about!
Borriello with Tessa...