On the Road to Cynosport: Edith, Fuego and Ippon

Her hometown near Montreal, Canada, is 2,543 miles (4,079 km) from Scottsdale, Ariz. But who’s counting? Certainly not Edith Fontaine, a Quebec police officer and agility trainer who is On the Road to Cynosport® with Fuego (All-American/All-Canadian, 11) and Ippon (border collie, 3).

Edith loves the southwestern U.S. and is excited about attaining her “bucket list” goal of attending Cynosport®.

“Last winter, I had the chance to travel for four months in the southwest of the United States with my boyfriend and my dogs,” Edith said. “I decided to participate in two USDAA competitions in Arizona, for fun.”

Edith has been involved in dog agility since 2009 because she loves the complexity and challenge of the sport. “This year at the AAC National, Fuego placed 6th in her division, and my baby boy Ippon placed 20th in the largest and most competitive division (20 inch). My dogs are ‘master dogs’ in Canada,” she added.

Edith shared that she chose to participate in USDAA events because of the support and help she received from the local clubs in Arizona. “The secretaries of the clubs were so helpful with my registrations, as well as with my questions about the regulations and the qualifications required for Cynosport®. Because of their help I realized that we could get there!”

After those two trials, Edith and her dogs were only missing a few qualifiers to participate. She began looking for clubs near her home to get the last Qs they needed.  After the trials in Arizona and subsequent trials in New York state, both dogs had earned their Qs, and they are excited to be experiencing Cynosport® for the first time this year.