Lori & Her Girls

 

LORI BIELAWA

Owner of Waggles, LLC, Trainer and Instructor

Certified by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (“NADOI”)

 

I began on the path to training in 1996, when my husband and I acquired a Weimaraner puppy that had behavioral issues.  I went to my first obedience class and never left.  After many obedience classes, private lessons and having fun with agility, I began shadowing the owner and instructors and worked my way up to instructing classes and private lessons.  Long story short, and several years and 5 dogs later (1 Weimaraner and 4 German Shorthaired Pointers), I’ve competed in conformation, hunting (mostly Roger), rally obedience and obedience.  I have obtained a Canadian Champion title, Junior Hunter titles, NAVHDA Prize I, and rally titles.  My love, however, is agility.  We completed many titles in agility, including Master Agility CHampion (“MACH”), and Hannah was in the top of her breed in 2007 and 2009, earning her invitations to the AKC AGILITY INVITATIONAL in Long Beach, CA in both of those years.  We made the cross country trip in 2007.  What an exciting trip it was, and what a spectacular event!!!!

 

In May and October of 2009 we were devastated to lose our two old girls, Ripley and Kelly.  Both were 13 years old.  On May 15, 2015, we had to say good-bye to Hannah.  She was just shy of 15 years.  On April 12, 2019, we hugged and kissed our Riva for the last time.  Riva earned her Junior Hunter title, Novice Water Retrieve title and she competed in the highest level of AKC agility.  She was the last of our original four girls and her loss is felt on an extremely deep level.   

 

 

 

 

Looking forward, it's all about this little monkey, Ellie.  Already three years old, she holds much promise in the world of agility.  She strutted her stuff in May of this year, running in NADAC's barrelers and tunnelers courses.  She far exceeded my expectations for her first outdoor agility show.  We'll continue to play with these courses as we put more show-ready performance training on the contact obstacles and weave poles.  I hope to be testing out our training on these obstacles this summer.

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Stay tuned....