Janet MacPhail, the 50-something protagonist of my Animals in Focus mystery series, is not me (and I’m definitely not her!), but we do share some common interests, including a love for activities that include our furry companions. I have competed in animal sports since I was thirteen, beginning with horses and “downsizing” as an adult to dogs. Janet skipped the horses, but she does “play” in organized activities with her Australian Shepherd, Jay, and her orange tabby, Leo. (Yes, the cat is a competitor, too!) She’s already started training Pixel, the kitten. Luckily, the man in her life, Tom Saunders, is also into canine sports with his black Labrador Retriever, Drake, and his new yellow Lab puppy, Winnie. If he weren’t, he and Janet might never see each other!
|Sheila’s real-life Jay retrieving a dumbbell over the high jump in obedience competition.]|
|is a safe sport even for puppies. Here is Sheila’s Lab Lily tracking a “missing person” at 12 weeks. She earned her AKC Tracking Dog title at one year old.|