Dog Duels

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Kim Clark gives Tank a touch-up. They may be athletes, but the dogs that participate in agility contests are pampered too, though maybe not quite as much as their show dog cousins.

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The joy of jumping is evident on the face of canine competitor Tizzy, owned by Jane Burlinson.

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Having short legs doesn’t put Sue Roeder’s dog, Parkir, at a disadvantage when competing in agility competitions.

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Having short legs doesn’t put Sue Roeder’s dog, Parkir, at a disadvantage when competing in agility competitions.

They fly over hurdles and through rings, they weave back and forth in snake-like fashion, they teeter, then totter — all with dazzling speed. They are the canine athletes of the agility course.

Recently Payson played host to a gathering of these talented canine athletes and their owners at a Dogs on Course in North America event at Payson Elementary School.

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