Eleven year old Tiger, a once ‘mangy mongrel’ adopted from Animal Welfare, will be donning the green and gold and representing South Africa at the World Agility Championships in Belgium in May 2008.
Unlike the five other dogs on the team, Tiger is almost geriatric, and he’s far from a pedigree; he’s been described as a cross between a long-haired Chihuahua and a Toy Pom with a bit of Corgi thrown in. He is a ‘toy’ type dog and the only non-working dog on the team.
Six years ago Tiger’s owner Ansie Minnaar was doing agility training with her Border Collie, when Tiger suddenly joined in – he raced through a tunnel and demanded his treat. Ansie was stunned “it had never occurred to me that Tiger could do agility,” she says. “I lowered one of the jumps to Tiger’s height and gave him the over command, he was over it in flash.” Ansie says that Tiger took to agility ‘like a natural’ and she has been training him ever since.