The Pekingese "Della Rae" Superstar in action!
Della Rae writes:
“We have had a good run in agility. We
have earned so many 1st Titles for a Pekingese that I can't even
remember all of them. We are an extreme team with a bond so tight that
we can understand each other by just looking in our eyes.
have been times when I made Jenne, my owner, trainer, handler, feel very
humiliated, embarrassed, overjoyed and so very proud of me. The one
thing I have never made her feel, is mad.
True teams work
together, they don't get mad, they just learn from their mistakes. Yes,
I'm getting older and slower but so is Jenne. We are best friends and we
will compete until one of us decides to give it up. It has been a good
||DELLA RAE SUPER STAR MX MXJ NF
NUMBER 1 PEKINGESE IN AKC AGILITY FOR 6
YEARS. INVITED TO THE AKC INVITATIONAL FOR 3 YEARS
Jenne Ford writes:
As Della's owner, trainer and handler,
do you know how many times I have heard: “Pekingese can't do agility,
why they can even walk.” My Pekes have certainly proved them wrong and I
am going to do it again with my new puppy Yau-Man.
I am blessed
to have owned Pekingese for over 30 years. They all had the Royal
personalities, and the great stubbornness that comes from their Royal
When I first got Della Rae, she was very smart but
she was very naughty. Della was always in trouble for one antic or
another. I took her to puppy kindergarten and the trainer was an agility
judge and I guess the rest is history.
It hasn't been easy. She
is one fabulous jumper but she didn't like the contact equipment like
the teeter. When she finally got her MX (Master Agility Title), she got
it with a purple leash hanging off her tail. When I went to the line to
start our run, I threw the lease off as usual. Somehow, it got wrapped
around that little Pekingese tail and off we went. We qualified on that
course, our title run, with the crowds cheering and laughing. I asked a
judge at ringside, what he thought? He said he thought it was the
funniest thing he had ever seen. I love that little purple leash.
Della Rae is chasing her MACH, Master Agility Championship. She is
over half way there and still going strong. She is 8 years old but I
feel that is young for a Pekingese. Here's a painting of our dog-family.
Oreo, Lion in the Dark, was added to my Pekes along the way. I
purchased him to show. Andy, my husband, needed a dog, so he started
training him. He was so cute. He always did the strangest things in the
ring. He would stop and stare at the crowds and then finish the course.
He had the best weave poles in class but get him out in competition and
he would just run by them. Finally, I got to run Oreo and I will never
forget the day I moved him into 2nd place for Pekingese in Agility. Now
I had the number 1 Peke and the number 2 Peke. Unfortunately, Oreo died
of Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis, HGE, at a very young age. He died within
24 hours of contracting the disease. He fought so hard, but in the end,
his little heart just gave out. I was holding him in my arms when he
gasped and died.
Losing a young, wonderful dog can destroy
you. I was overcome by sadness. I blamed myself. I became depressed. I
couldn't eat. I couldn't sleep and I certainly didn't want to do agility
A lot of people called me to express their condolences
but it was Edie Jones who wouldn't let me slip into the world of total
depression. She called me daily. One day she called and said there was
this little boy at Morningstar Pekingese named Randy. Morningstar
Pekingese would offer him to me as a gift to help me get started again
and would I like him? Yes, I needed another puppy to heal me. As soon as
I saw him at the airport, I renamed him Yau-Man because I knew he would
help me survive.
Yau-Man is doing great in training. He can jump and he really likes
agility. I hope to put him on top someday.
important thing I have learned about competing in agility is, never take
anything for granted, always remember when you walk up to the line to
start your run, it could be for the last time. Love and respect your
teammate as they give you so much and they don't ask for anything in
return except a good cookie.
Yes, we have had a good run in
agility and I hope we will be able to compete for many more years.
|Jenne Ford’s Agility Team:
Super Star Pekingese MX MXJ NF
Pekingese AX OAJ NF
Spirit Papillon MX MXJ