IF there is one thing four-year-old Mr Noodle Poodle deserves, it is a Springbok jersey.
This toy poodle from Kabega Park jumped for a first place in the National Agility Championship, which secured him world class status as he will represent South Africa in the World Agility Championship in the Netherlands next week. Dog handler Nanette Perold said Noodle’s nerves for the big challenge were fine, but hers were in shreds.
“For agility competitions dogs take their orders from their handlers. One wrong move of the shoulder or hand and he does the wrong thing, which could easily shift him to last place in the competition,” she said.
Perold and Noodle took part in the regional and national legs of the competition, led by the South African Dog Agility Association last year and walked away with the first prize on both occasions.
This time around they will compete with dogs and handlers from 18 other countries such as Austria, Belgium and Canada.
Noodle will compete with other toy poodles in the smallest dog category. “His strengths are his speed and accuracy.
“He seldom gets things wrong. He is cheeky and barks at me when I’m too slow,” Perold said. – Alvené du Plessis