That was then, this is now

that was then

 As many of you know, I maintain the online Awesome Paws Forum where members discuss everything you can think of that’s agility related. I often post personal thoughts and musings there, if they relate to agility and may potentially benefit the forum members. However, sometimes I want to post about something that I would like to reach a wider audience. I was updating my website anyway, so I thought this would be a good time to add a blog.

this is now


Over the last few months I’ve done a lot of soul searching…where have I been and where am I going? As part of the process I’ve spent quite a bit of time rummaging through old vcr tapes; trying to salvage some of the footage so that I can relive those moments for many years to come. It is amazing how a one minute video can bring it all back…Anyway, I’ve enjoyed my trip down memory lane and I hope to share many of the runs with you; partly for your entertainment (some are quite comical) but also because I think its important to share a little bit of history. I don’t think the average agility competitor really appreciates how this sport has come to be. It really has been an amazing evolution and I am so lucky to have been a part of it.

At this point I am pretty sure where I have been, but where I am going is still up in the air. One thing is clear, no matter where I go, my dogs will be there with me.


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    Renee King11-14-2011

    :-) Cool! Can’t wait to read more musings!

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    Elaine Olson11-14-2011

    I’ve always been a muser….so this is great fun for me, already! :-)

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    Melanie Behrens11-15-2011

    I’d love to see some old footage from the beginning days of agility or even from the late 1990’s, if you have some. My club had an old movie of one of the first agility trials in NY and it was quite entertaining.

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    Linda Mecklenburg11-15-2011

    Melanie, I’ve been posting many old runs from the “that was then” crew on my awesomepaws youtube channel. I have runs dating back to 1992. Keep checking back because I have more to come!

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    Linda Robertson11-15-2011

    I loved watching Doodle run. She was already Grandma Doodle when I met her. Fun to see her fly off the start line ahead of you.

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    Shelah Bloom11-17-2011

    I can;t wait to check out those old films, and looking forward to more of your thoughts!

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    Tori Self11-18-2011

    I have so enjoyed watching the old videos on your youtube channel. Really really cool stuff, thank you so much for sharing.

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    Carole Allen11-18-2011

    How wonderful! One of agility’s most beloved authors is now posting her personal thoughts and musings? Oh happy day! I look forward to the history lessons, to your (usual) thought-provoking writings and anything else that you might want to share with all of us! Write on, Linda, write on!!!

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    Mary Ellen Barry11-23-2011

    I have been keeping up with the youtube and am really enjoying the old runs. Was Tori even alive back in the Doodle days ?

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    Linda Mecklenburg11-24-2011

    Well don’t expect me to write every day :) But, I do have a few things I’d like to share, particularly stuff from the past, because so many agility competitors have no idea what “the old days” were like. I’m glad you are enjoying the videos; I have more to come :)

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    Terri Cesarek11-24-2011

    Enjoying watching stuff from “the old days”. I do remember seeing you run back then and thinking how smooth you were. Thank you for sharing your videos and thoughts. :)

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    Linda Mecklenburg11-28-2011

    Mary Ellen…I sort of wondered that myself :)

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