Tammee Stump of Monmouth, Ore., said it was her lucky day when she got Penne, and considers the 4-year-old border collie to be her world. They have been competing together for two years, facing every physical and mental obstacle head-on.
“I’ve had several spinal surgeries, and my knees are worn out, so staying fit enough to participate in agility at a level where it’s fun for me and my dog has been challenging,” she said.
Tammee has also struggled with sports performance anxiety, but this hasn’t stopped her. With Penne by her side, she has developed mental processes to help herself stay focused in the ring.
“I think the best part about working through these challenges is how much more fun I have in the ring with my dog,” she said. “I wouldn’t change anything about our journey. I cherish each run with her and enjoy every moment.”
Tammee is looking forward to Cynosport®, especially the chance to see her friends and competitors from around the world.
Outside of agility, she and her family have an Oregon Century Farm in the Willamette Valley, where they have worked the land for over 100 years. Tammee also enjoys art and spending time painting watercolors.