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7/26/06-Flint

Local Canine Continues Her Meteoric Rise In The Dog Agility World

Dog trainer Bill McFarlin was just hoping for a top twenty finish at the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows in Houston this past weekend; a top ten if they were lucky. After all, his dog, Lucille, was just a stray labeled too wild to be adopted.

"Friday, when I ran Lucille and we ran the second fastest time in the house," said McFarlin, "I said, jeez, we can run with the big dogs."

And run she did. Lucille turned in the fastest time on Saturday, grabbing first place in her jump height. It was a performance that stirred the crowd, and put Lucille squarly on the map.

"All the people that know me, dressed up in orange," said McFarlin, "and Lucille and her story, and all the Border Colie Rescue that know Lucille's story. All those people that know her and how hard I've worked to get her where she's at, the place went nuts. It was great.  Lucille is not three years old. Border Collies don't reach their maturity and get really good until 4, 5, 6, 7 years old. And wow, look where we're at now.  I thought, if she can do that well down there against some of the great dogs in the country, we have got a definite shot this year at going to nationals as a wild card and again, maybe just sneaking up and scaring somebody again."

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com  

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