Her superstar beginnings were rather humble. I joined a local dog club to start obedience classes with Murphy and my then housemate Felicia came along and joined one of the classes with Soda. Murphy was a bit of a natural and picked it up pretty quickly. I was enjoying it so much I wanted to get more involved in obedience so I ventured down to Southern River and the Collie and Shetland Sheepdog Club to join in obedience classes. It was at the Canine Grounds that I started to meet other border collie people that were into obedience and from there I became involved in the wonderful sport of agility.
|Our first team win 2001 Western Classic Agility Teams. The BC Bandits with Helen & Dee, Rod & Bundy.|
|Western Classic 2003 Masters Jumping winner|
|ANKC National Agility Trial 2003 - Victoria|
|Never happier than at the beach!|
Soda enjoyed a long and healthy retirement until probably the last year of her life when she slowed right down. Her arthritis had made walking slow and uncomfortable for her but being the tough individual that she was she never stopped trying. In the end at the age of fifteen years and nine months of age it was clear that she'd had enough and it was time to let her go. A decision I'd been dreading for the few months prior. But as I'd been told by friends who had gone through the same thing, when it was time there was no doubt in my mind that I had to be brave and let her go. With one last weekend to spend with her I plugged the very dusty VCR in and sat down and watched hours of old agility video footage with Murphy and Soda asleep by my side. It brought such a smile to my face seeing her in her prime, black coat shining in the sun and such joy on her face. Such joy on my face. Soda was without a doubt my one in a million. She was special and I'll never see another like her. I'll certainly never forget her. Rest in peace Soda.