Patches has always given me 100% and has been a joy to handle. She is one of the most honest dogs I have ever dealt with: if there is a problem, 99.9% of the time, it is my fault.
I have been extremely fortunate to have Betty and Patches in my life. Patches just turned 8 so this will be her last year of rigorous competition. But I fully expect her to come out and play in the Veterans and Preferred Divisions!
BETTY BROOKS TESTIMONIAL
I would like to tell you a little story of a great match between Patches and Kristi. Patches is a black tri Aussie that came to us from Jean Mitchell of Indian Run Australian Shepherds. When Patches turned 4 we were at a show in Pomona, CA and I got very ill. Kristi offered to run Patches for me. That made the match made in heaven. I had never gotten a first place in agility and Kristi took Patches to 4 in their first show. From then on, Kristi trained Patches and it was amazing to watch Patches become the wonderful agility dog she still is today. They also did a lot of stockdog training together for a bonding time that is still going on today.
I can tell you we were very lucky to have found Kristi and to take advantage of all the training and know how. Patches just turned 8 so we are looking at a slowing down time but I don’t think Patches has been told that yet. She can still get her Double Q’s and placement ribbons so who knows how much more they can do together? Right now, Patches is tied for 1 st place in Elite Jumpers in the 2004 ASCA standings so I guess she is aging gracefully.
I also have been lucky enough to have Patches’ half-brother Finn (see Finn’s page on this website) from Kristi’s breeding of her Kali to Kathy Warren’s Fred. Finn has a great future in front of him. He was the top 24” Novice B in USASA in 2002 and in the Top 10 Jumpers as well. I can say without a doubt, that without Kristi’s training of Patches and the breeding of Finn, we would have a totally different life. Both dogs are amazing and we are all better off for the great breeding and training that Kristi gives. If you have any questions, you can reach me at email@example.com and I’ll try to answer any questions you have.
Betty Brooks, Patches and Finn
Patches Career Highlights
2002 MVA Participant – ASCA Nationals
2003 USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Championship Qualifier
2003 USDAA Dog Agility Masters Three-Dog Team Championship Qualifier
2003 AKC Agility Finals Qualifier -finished 26th overall (all breeds) in her jump height in the country – 135 dogs competing in her class.
#4 Agility Jumpers Elite Dog – ASCA 2004 Merit Standings
2004 ASCA Agility Finals Standings - #1 Veteran
1st Place Elite Jumpers Veterans – 2004 ASCA Agility Finals
3rd Place – Elite Regular Veterans – 2004 ASCA Agility Finals
4th Place Elite Regular Veterans – 2004 ASCA Agility Finals
8th Place Elite Gamblers Veterans – 2004 ASCA Agility Finals
3rd Place Overall Veterans – 2004 ASCA Agility Finals
1st Place Elite Jumpers Veterans – 2004 ASCA Nationals
7th Place Elite Standard Veterans Rd. 1 & Rd. 2 – 2004 Nationals
2005 USDAA Bay Team Regional Tournament Event
Performance Grand Prix - Round 2 Qualifier
2005 USDAA Nationals
Performance Grand Prix Semi-Finalist
Versatility Pairs Finalist
4th Place Overall – Versatility Pairs with Dan Roy and Nala
2006 USDAA Nationals
Performance National Standard Semi-Finalist