Westernesse Team Player, Rugby (Shetland Sheep Dog)
In June 2002 Kathy and her daughter, Clair, became co-owners of a Shetland Sheepdog. Clair chose Rugby because he licked her on the ear. Despite his small size, Rugby, is a feisty fellow and a lot of fun. He has been extremely well-socialized as he was able to attend several camps during the summer of his puppyhood, including but not limited to tennis camp, pony camp, swimming camp, etc. He is an avid hiker and loves to play rough with his pack mates, especially teasing Nel when he has the toy and she does not.
As Rugby has grown up he literally demands more and more attention and has become a "family project" for the Lofthouse family. He is Clair's pet dog and sleeps in her room and cuddles with her constantly. Duncan is in charge of late night walks and Kathy plays the weave pole and seesaw game with him and, of course, he gets to go on all the family hikes and expeditions.
When competing with Clair, he qualified for the Grand Prix in Scottsdale three years running in the Performance National Standard Quarterfinals. He placed third in the Performance All-Around in 2006.
Rugby has heaps of personality and is a super little dog. Whatever he does, he will always have an opinion about it!
Rugby had something to say about Just Emma becoming the RunJumpWeave spokesdog. Well he would... he's a Sheltie! His hobbies include making agility look easy, rock climbing, foraging for food scraps and chasing the water hose.