Tri-umph's Turning Hearts CDX MX MXJ MAD CGC NAC NGC NJC

owned by Jane Trainham
February 14, 1993 - February 17, 2000

The Goodest One

Poppy was dubbed "The Goodest One" by Jane's husband, Brad, because she was so sweet and eager to please, and, true to her registered name, charmed everyone she met.

Poppy came to me in October 1994 at almost two years of age, and shortly after I had lost my Pembroke Welsh Corgi Dancer, who had been my pet therapy partner in Dallas, to Addison's Disease. Dancer had been such a special dog, excelling in obedience as well as being a loving and entertaining pet therapy dog, that I had no requirements for Poppy other than that she be suitable for pet therapy work. Her previous owners planned to euthanize her, but when Marian found out, she "rescued" her and placed her with me. Poppy was not a "bad" dog, she just wanted someone to love her. So, we were a perfect match. As I started teaching her basic manners, in order to prepare her for the upcoming pet therapy qualifying class, I saw that the more she learned, the more she wanted to learn, and the more enthusiastic she became.

In order to build her confidence, we began agility, and for four years she was my teammate in this new sport. She earned agility titles at the top levels of both AKC and USDAA agility, and had recently started competing in NADAC agility events. Poppy competed at the AKC National Agility Championship in 1998, and was in 10th place after the first three rounds. Due to a major handler error (mine), we had a disastrous final round. But the following weekend, she won the 12" Division at the 1998 Pup-peroni Classic! She placed 7th in the 12" Division at the 1999 AKC National Agility Championship, and by the end of January 2000, she had already qualified for the 2000 AKC Agility National Championship! She was nationally ranked among the Pembroke Welsh Corgis competing in AKC agility events, and had earned 12 of the 20 "Double Qs" and 450 of the 750 points required for the AKC Master Agility Champion (MACH) title. In addition to her agility accomplishments, Poppy earned her AKC CD in 1996, her CDX in 1997, and was finally entered in Utility at two upcoming obedience trials.