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~ ~ Dogs are like children that you don't have to send to college. ~ ~ (unknown)

(dog agility sport - "weave" command)

10 Commandments for Dogs:

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that BEFORE you get me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3. Place your trust in me, it is crucial to my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, entertainment, and friends. I have only YOU.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget.

7. Please don't hit me. I can't hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I really don't want to do that.

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food or I've been out in the sun too long or my heart is getting old and weak!

9. Take care of me when I get old. You will get old, too.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. NEVER say, "I can't bear to watch, or let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. And always remember, I LOVE YOU!

~ (unknown) ~

(dog agility sport - "tunnel" command)


I never cry
when I am sad,
Never complain when I feel bad.
I wait patiently to be fed,
never argue
when it's time for bed.
Never speak
when I'm spoken to,
no one knows
when I feel blue.
I make no big demands
but just wait for a loving hand.
I try to do what I am told,
don't understand it
when you scold.
I wish I could speak like you
for I would say
"I love you, too."
I am your dog.


(dog agility sport - "jump" command)

Dog Haiku

I love my master;

Thus I perfume myself with

Long-rotten squirrel.

Look in my eyes and

Deny it. No human could

Love you as I do.

The cat is not all

Bad-she fills the litter box

With those Tootsie Rolls.


(dog agility sport - "tire" command)

What Is A Dog?

1. Dogs spend all day sprawled on the most comfortable piece of furniture in the house.
2. They can hear a package of food opening half a block away, but they don't hear you when you're in the same room.
3. They can look dumb and lovable all at the same time.
4. They growl when they are not happy.
5. When you want to play, they want to play.
6. When you want to be alone, they want to play.
7. They leave their toys everywhere.
8. They do disgusting things with their mouths and then try to give you a kiss.
9. They go right for your crotch as soon as they meet you.

Conclusion: They're tiny men in little fur coats.

~ (source unknown) ~

(dog agility sport - "walk" command)


Every dog must have a soul

Somewhere deep inside

Where all his hurts and grievances

Are buried with his pride.

Where he decides the good and bad,

The wrong way from the right,

And where his judgement carefully

Is hidden from our sight.

A dog must have a secret place

Where every thought abides,

A sort of close acquaintance that

He trusts in and confides.

And when accused unjustly for

Himself, He cannot speak,

Rebuked, He finds within his soul

The comfort he must seek.

He'll love, tho' he is unloved,

And he'll serve tho' badly used,

And one kind word will wipe away

The times when he's abused.

Altho' his heart may break in two

His love will still be whole,

Because God gave to every dog

An understanding Soul!


(dog agility sport - "table" command)

He's just my dog.
He is my other eyes
that can see above the clouds;
my other ears
that hear above the winds.
He has told me more than a thousand times over
that I am
his reason for being --
by the way he rests against my leg,
by the way he thumps his tail
at my smallest smile,
by the way he shows his hurt
when I leave without taking him.
(I think it makes him sick with worry
when he is not along to care for me).
When I am wrong,
he is delighted to forgive.
When I am angry
he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.
When I am a fool,
he ignores it.
When I succeed,
he brags.
Without him,
I am only another person.
With him,
I am all powerful.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion is loyalty itself.
With him, I know the secret comfort and a private peace.
He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.
His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
His presence by my side is protection
against my fears of dark and unknown things.
He has promised to wait for me ... whenever ... wherever ...
in case I need him, and I expect I will, as I always have.
Who is he? -- He's just --

Author unknown


Michele's Ginger her Shih Tzu / shihtzu4u (on the "teeter totter"), of Iowa.
(scanned & submitted by Barb / shihtzu4u -- Barb's "Show Me Tzu Magic" page (agility))
March, 2001

(photo / text are copyrighted)

"Ginger is 5 years old. I started Ginger in obedience at 8 weeks old. She has her U-CDX, CDX, and her Canadian CD. I do Agility with her for both the fun of it and to compete. In Agility, Ginger has her UCK Agility Trial Champion (U-ATCH). I recently started AKC and Ginger has her Novice Agility title (NA). I decided to start Agility because I thought it would be a fun break for her from obedience."

From September to November 1994, I enrolled Beau for an 8-week beginner Agility course called Jumping Chollas Agility Club (colors: blue & yellow), run by Billie Rosen* with her assistant Michelle Vroman, at somebody's horse ranch in Glendale, Arizona (at nighttime). It was $50 non-members / $40 members for beginner class. Beau turned 2 years old and excelled! He & I joined just for fun and not to enter tournaments...

Here are a few agility equipments below featuring a Tzu that I found, as follows:

I used the JUMP command.
Beau loved this equipment!

I used the TUNNEL command.
Beau loved this equipment, but needed practice!

I used the TIRE command.
Beau loved this equipment, and had to jump higher to get through!

For more information on dog agility, click United States Dog Agility Association / and also North American Dog Agility Council / .

Also, author Jane Simmons-Moake released a 1991 book / video, "Agility Training: The Fun Sport for All Dogs".
There's also another book, "Agility Trials and Tribulations", a funny book written & illustrated by James Liddle (Howln Moon Press), poking decent fun at the sport of agility. Here's his sample below!

Here's a complete animated agility sport "in action" below- pay special attention to the dog for each equipment. Enjoy!

There's an agility magazine published by Clean Run .

Hey, cat lovers, there IS an agility for cats- yes! Dogs & horses have their own agility-type sports...check out International Cat Agility Tournaments .

Enjoy, enjoy...

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Man convicted in assassination try

Faces life in prison in botched attempt against prosecutor

Dennis Wagner

The Arizona Republic

May. 15, 2003 12:00 AM

A Scottsdale man who tried to assassinate one of the state's top drug prosecutors faces life in prison for his conviction Wednesday in the botched attempt against the life of Assistant Attorney General Billie Rosen.

Mark D. Branon, 39, a suspected marijuana smuggler with homes in Arizona, San Diego and Baja California, was convicted in U.S. District Court of attempted murder, weapons violations and operating stash houses.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Branon was free on $1.7 million bail when he conspired to kill Rosen and his own lawyer so that drug charges would be thrown out.

"If you engage in drug trafficking and you think that if you kill the prosecutor your case will vanish, you're wrong," Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven P. Logan said after the verdict. "Members of law enforcement and prosecutors in the District of Arizona will not be held hostage nor intimidated."

On March 19, 2001, while Branon faced Arizona grand jury indictments under Rosen's direction, three shots were fired into her Phoenix home. The bullets missed Rosen, but one struck her 40-year-old brother, Richard, who survived.

A silencer discovered outside Rosen's house was linked to Trevor Dreilich, 30, of Phoenix, who was indicted for manufacturing the device. Further investigation led to Branon, the suspected kingpin in syndicates that smuggled tons of marijuana into the United States from Mexico.

Branon's attorney, Sheldon Sherman, was targeted for murder after he cut a deal with prosecutors. Copley News Service reported that Sherman pleaded guilty to tax evasion in San Diego on Tuesday after admitting that he not only represented Branon in criminal matters, but became a partner who laundered money in return for nearly $200,000. Sherman, who had agreed to testify against his client, was sentenced to probation.

Branon could not be reached for comment.