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Ruth Lewis 350WRuth got hooked on the sport of agility when she took a few classes in the basement of a local pet shop with a husky mix named Beaker. She soon after wanted to get more involved and adopted her first Border Collie from rescue and started competing in 2002. Since then she has enjoyed training and competing with her menagerie of rescue Border Collies. She has placed multiple MACHs on her dogs as well as qualified and competed annually at the AKC Nationals since 2009. In 2014 Ruth made it to the challengers round missing out on a trip into finals by fractions of a second. And in 2016 she made it in the final round where she placed third.  She also holds titles from USDAA and CPE and had the pleasure of taking a friend’s Labrador retriever all the way to the Finals at the AKC Invitationals in 2011.

Agility is not the only dog sport Ruth participates in. After many years of learning about and dabbling in musical freestyle she finally entered a competition and is on her way to more titles.Ruth got hooked on the sport of agility when she took a few classes in the basement of a local pet shop with a husky mix named Beaker. She soon after wanted to get more involved and adopted her first Border Collie from rescue and started competing in 2002. Since then she has enjoyed training and competing with her menagerie of rescue Border Collies. She has placed multiple MACHs on her dogs as well as qualified and competed annually at the AKC Nationals since 2009. In 2014 she made it to the challengers round missing out on a trip into finals by fractions of a second. And in 2016 she made it in the final round where she placed third.  She also holds titles from USDAA and CPE and had the pleasure of taking a friend’s Labrador retriever all the way to the Finals at the AKC Invitationals in 2011. Agility is not the only dog sport Ruth participates in. After many years of learning about and dabbling in musical freestyle she finally entered a competition and is on her way to more titles.

For Ruth one of the joys of teaching agility and other dog activities is bringing out the best between dog and handler and helping them create the necessary teamwork no matter their age or ability.  It’s all about having fun, staying active, and enjoying the special bond created between handler and dog.

In addition to agility Ruth and her husband, Tim, enjoy taking the dogs on long walks in the woods, camping, canoeing, swimming, and venturing to Vermont each year where they teach for a special camp for owners and dogs. Their dogs are renewed by their adventures as much as their human companions.