Dog Agility Event Returning To Tyler

Dog Agility is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and the eyes of the sport will be on East Texas next week. A recent dog agility trial held in Tyler was such a success, that a second national qualifying event has been added. If you've never seen the sport of dog agility, it's quite a spectacle. The dogs zip through obstacle courses at blurring speeds. Word spread quickly about the success of February's qualifying event, sponsored by the Tyler Obedience Training Club.  Now, as many as twice the number of top dogs could show up for the encore.

"We've got some nationally, world-ranked dogs going to be here," said Bill McFarlin, a dog owner who will enter his dog "Lucille" in the event. "We've got Jerry Brown, the two-time AKC champion. We've got "Juice" and "Marcus" off ESPN outdoors and reigning AKC world champion. Chris Dyer, two, three time world champion competitor. This is pretty hot stuff."

The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10 at the Tyler Equestrian Center on Lavender Road, halfway between Tyler's north loop and I-20. The fun starts around 8:00 both days an lasts through mid-afternoon. The grand prix event, highlighting some of the top dogs in the world, begins Saturday around 9:00. Admission is free, and the event is expected to be packed.

Kevin Berns reporting.