MACH C Spot Run, XF, CGC or “Spot”
at the Rainbow Bridge, 2000 – 2010
Spot is the kind of dog who sees the entire world as one big playground –   and so the theme of this page is a tribute to his child-like innocence.
When I think of Spot with his soft demeanor and easy going ways (he just wants attention, toys and food), it just warms my heart.
I’m not sure how Spot retained his good nature as life didn’t start out in the most secure or loving environments.  Spot joined our household through the wonderful efforts of the WI/IL Border Collie Rescue Group.
Prior to that, he came from a puppy mill in Oklahoma and was sold to a pet store on the East Coast.  Spot spent the first 6 months of his life in a crate that became too small for him and so he ended up with sores on the top of his head as he out grew his tiny home.
Without the guidance of training, Spot became obsessive in his actions and lacked focus.  While his sweet nature was evident, his eyes always appeared to be glazed over and it was clear his thoughts were “somewhere else”.  Additionally, Spot wasn’t digesting his food properly and he wasn’t receiving the full nutrition his body required.
Spot was also diagnosed with a genetic disorder in both shoulders called OCD.  Simply put, the ball joint in the shoulder isn’t rounded and so the joint doesn’t work properly.  The good news is that it is correctable with surgery, although it is an investment at $2,200 per shoulder.
So given the above items, it would seem that Spot’s future was hopeless.  Luckily, his happy-go-lucky attitude never faltered and I was determined to see him through to success.
It took over a year and a half to get his digestive system in tact, but he is now very healthy.  Spot had surgery on the first shoulder in 2002 and surgery on his second shoulder in March of 2004.
Prior to March 2005, Spot had been introduced to obedience, basic agility and herding (his favorite – see the pictures below).  He loves his toys (something he never had in his prior life) and is the dog that follows me from room to room.  I have always said that if Spot were a human, he would bring me flowers every day – that’s just his way.
With the completion of Spot’s last shoulder surgery in March 2004 and the mandatory 8+ weeks recovery period, I was looking forward to competing with him in his first Agility trial in August of 2004.  Unfortunately, a few weeks prior, he developed Tendonitis in the shoulder.   Spot had an additional 5 months of rest and rehabilitation and entered in his first Agility Trial in March of 2005.
UPDATE as of June 2006:  It’s been 1 year since Spot began competing in Agility and he LOVES the game!  Any hesitations he once had (Spot used to be afraid of the teeter) are long gone and he realishes each run and attacks the course with zest and eagerness.  Spot recently earned his MX & MXJ.
UPDATE as of February 2006:  Spot currently has over 1,000 points and 17 Double Qs toward his MACH….
UPDATE as of March 2006:  Spot developed spondolosis on his spine and wasn’t jumping.  He has since had 8 months of recooperation and rehabilitation and needs only 1 DQ for his MACH.  Afterward, he’ll work with my husband Dan and they’ll have fun together as they work toward a MACH2.
UPDATE: Spot earns his MACH! Yeah Spottie-boy!
UPDATE as of 2009: Spot has developed a heart murmur, but all tests show are positive on his current condition and we’ve been given the clear to continue in agility and in our daily routine.
UPDATE as of March 30, 2010: It is with great sadness that I share we lost Spot tonight. He went peacefully in his sleep, his little heart just gave out. Give your dogs a big hug in his honor, he’d think that was pretty cool. I Love You Spottie…
Check out Spot’s pictures below!       Lisa Selthofer