Photo by Bill Newcombe
Who is Kathy Lofthouse?
Kathy is one of the pioneers of agility in the United States. Competing in the 30" jump height class her German Shepherd Dog, Saxon, and her English Shepherd, Just Rufus, were among the first dogs to earn a USDAA Agility Dog title. Kathy and Rufus travelled extensively promoting the sport and were the winners of the Southern California Regional Qualifier for the Pedigree Grand Prix of Dog Agility on several occasions, winning trips to the United States Dog Agility Grand Prix which was then held at the Astro Hall in Houston, Texas.
As the sport has grown Kathy has competed in the AKC, USDAA, NADAC and UKC Agility programs, as well as providing training help to many dog/handler teams. She has been a finalist in the highly competitive USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility with English Shepherds, Rufus, Purdy, and Bracken as well as her Border Collie, Nell.
Kathy has trained and handled ten dogs, earning the following titles and having a lot of fun on the way:
- U-CD Saxon AD, German Shepherd Dog
- U-CDX Just Rufus MAD, RM, EAC, CGC, English Shepherd
- U-CD Purdy Dream Weaver AAD, EAC, CGC, English Shepherd
- Bracken's Sudden Spring MAD, EAC, CGC, English Shepherd
- ADCH MACH2 Nel EAC, Border Collie
- Stroller AAD, AX, AXJ, Border Collie
- Bobbin AAD, AX, AXJ, Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- ADCH Lunarlites' Totally Cool (TC), AX, AXJ, WSD, Border Collie
- Shepherd's Way Em'ma Star MAD, CGC, English Shepherd
- Lunarlite's Bobbie Dazzler MAD, JM, RM, OA, OAJ, Border Collie