I am a 69-year old South
African, living in Cape Town.
I live alone with my two border collie bitches, Flight (aged 9) and Tag (aged
In 2002, after ten operations to my knee, and surviving cancer and a course
of chemotherapy, my right leg was amputated above the knee. I had previously
competed in agility with Flight, but had to retire her as she has hip
dysplasia. I had started Tag's training but when I lost my leg,
I had to completely retrain her for agility as I am no longer able to run.
Tag is very clever and comes from a long line of champion working sheepdogs,
and very quickly learnt about distance control.
Now I am able to leave her at the start, move to a suitable spot on the
course, and direct her with voice and hand signals from there. Although I
will never be able to compete at a high level with able competitors, we have
already had several places, and we both love agility more than anything else.
Tag is also a very keen competitor in flyball events.
Apart from our agility and flyball, I use both my dogs for therapy ane
educational work. A friend and I have started a rehabilitation programme for
the juvenile girls at a local prison which is proving wonderfully successful.
Janet Sandell 2004
SANDELL AND HER DOG TAG ON THE 3e PAWC 2004
She was making plans
to take part into the 5e PAWC 2006 in the Netherlands but we have
recieved the bad news.....Janet died on 03-06-2006