Houston’s own Reliant World Series of Dog Shows is always a fan favorite for local dog owners. From the fabulous dogs to the amazing vendor booths and everything in between, this event is not to be missed! And one of the most incredible areas at the Dog Show is the agility and flyball staging area. If you’ve seen these hot dogs in action you know what unbelievable athletes these canines truly are. And the most awesome thing about it is there is no breed requirement at all! Any mix, size, shape, sex, or color qualifies… well, as long as they are a dog!
In fact, one of the biggest champions in the show is Bree, an amazing mixed breed with a gorgeous brindle coloring. But something that might surprise you about Bree is she’s a shelter dog. Yep, Miss Bree was adopted from Houston Humane Society by her mom, Marion Goforth, on January 30th, 2010. At the time, Bree was going by the name of India and estimated at about 4 months old. Marion has fond recollections of the moment she first laid eyes on Bree, “I was just browsing at the Houston Humane Society and after an hour we had the front door open to leave when I glanced to the right and saw the puppy play pens. As soon as I saw her I said, ‘That’s my dog!’ She has marvelously expressive brown eyes and a black striped orange coat you have to see to believe.”
It’s not just her looks that make Bree stand out in a crowd. This gal has been busy racking up awards in agility, flyball, and even trick competitions. Marion noticed right away that Bree was a very active puppy. Looking for a way to channel Bree’s energy, Marion turned to flyball. The fast paced sport is the perfect outlet for Bree’s natural longing to run and jump. Bree has won six titles in flyball, the latest being Flyball Master with the NAFA flyball team C.I.A. (Canines In Action). In addition to flyball championships, Bree has won several first places in agility and qualifies with the AKC and NADAC. Bree competed at the Reliant World Series of Dog Shows last year and you can catch her in action at the show this year competing in both agility AND flyball! Bree has also won two 1st places in trick contests. Her award winning trick? Jumping and spinning through hula hoops!
Despite all of the awards, Marion is quick to add, “Our finest moments are just hanging out together as friend and companion. We are both luck to have found each other, and she has found her forever home. Thanks to Houston Humane Society for all the very fine work they do. You not only change the lives of the animals, but their humans too!”
Think flyball might be for you and your dog? Get out and give it a try! The great thing about flyball is your dog doesn’t have to be a champion to enjoy it. It’s a great outlet for any dog with energy and drive. The most important part is you and your pooch spending quality, fun time together!