Dogged Pursuit

Dogged Pursuit

My Year of Competing the World's Least Likely Agility Dog

Book - 2009
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Best in Show meets Marley and Me in the hilarious (mis)adventures of an unlikely duo competing for glory on the pro dog circuit

An urban intellectual and a scruffy, disobedient Sheltie team up to conquer the Canine Agility pro-circuit in this hysterical account of the quest for glory in the competitive dog world. A cousin to the popular best-in-breed show, agility competitions resemble doggie boot camp: dogs scamper across teeter-totters, jump tires, and scoot down tunnels-without leashed guidance from a human. Taking home ribbons requires a focused handler and a cooperative dog.

Robert Rodi is a self-proclaimed Blue-stater who prefers fine wine and Italian literature (in Italian ) to SUVs and suburban sprawl. His dog Dusty's scrawny build and skittish personality make him an unnatural competitor. Nevertheless, Rodi recounts a year filled with victories, failures, and hysterical personalities, and the loving bond between one man and his bug-eyed dog.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Group, 2009.
ISBN: 9781594630545
Characteristics: xiv, 273 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 05, 2018

Hilarious take on the dog agility world. Reviews make this sound like a professional sport, but it is easily taken up by any amateur with a willing pooch and a bit of basic obedience training. As a novice jumper myself I found his trials and confusions oh so familiar!

Jul 18, 2016

Charming, funny, self-deprecating, and sometimes seeming a little dense in his understanding of his sheltie's behavior, this author's work is an enjoyable read.

Aug 21, 2009

Dusty, the cryptic blue Sheltie, may be "the world's least likely agility dog," but the story of his training and, yes, successes in canine agility competition is highly entertaining and in parts very funny. I found myself rooting for Dusty and his owner, author Robert Rodi as they trained and competed at trials throughout the American midwest -- trials that were sometimes well named!

MaryBee Aug 07, 2009

Cute book; part "Marley and Me' part memoir.

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