Rhyme came from Thompson’s Border Collies in Virginia. His pedigree boasts strong working lines. Rhyme was one of six puppies born to Emmy and we met him when he was only 4 weeks old. At 7 1/2 weeks, Karen Thompson let us bring him home.
Rhyme and Simmer became instant buddies with Rhyme mimicking Simmer’s every move. While Rhyme was a puppy, Simmer taught him to tug, fetch, wrestle and how to perform the delicate procedure of a “squeakyectomy” (de-squeak a stuffed toy, for those of you how don’t have surgeon dogs).
Training Rhyme introduced Maureen to the world of shaping. Rhyme loves to learn, offers behaviors easily, and is patient with Maureen’s timing.
Rhyme made his agility debut in late 2009 at the NADAC Toys for Tots fundraising trial in North Carolina. Since then, Maureen and Rhyme have racked up numerous agility titles culminating in earning Rhyme’s ADCH (USDAA’s Agility Dog Champion) title at High Octane’s home trial on May 3, 2015.
Rhyme has a tendency to react to other dogs coming into his space which led him and Maureen to Leslie McDevitt. Working with Leslie provided Maureen and Rhyme with the tools needed to navigate without incident the tight quarters around the agility ring entrances and exits.
As Rhyme’s agility career begins to wind down, he has once again introduced Maureen to a new world of training…..Fitness. As a star dog at shaping, Rhyme allows Maureen to work on and perfect advanced fitness techniques utilizing the FitPAWS® equipment.