Deb Rinard (left) of Dixon and Karel Bazilewich of Mount Carroll control their dogs during the adult showmanship competition June 4 at the Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center in Dixon.
“Mark and I work really well together,” Proctor said. “He needed my agility background to finish design and equipment-buying, and of course he had the vision to keep it all going.” That equipment includes a state-of-the-art AstroTurf-like surface, for traction and comfort, and lighting designed to eliminate shadows that would interfere with any jumping or agility activities. There is free wi-fi and plenty of outlets for devices for competitors and spectators alike. The center raised $215,000 over the last year to pay for the project; the rest of the money is coming from savings and from a loan, Knie said. Rental, class and shelter fees – and, of course, donations – will help pay off the loan. The project is an outgrowth of the nonprofit Granny Rose Animal Shelter. Initially, the board wanted to offer training classes because many dogs being adopted were being returned because of obedience issues. The board decided to expand on that idea by building a facility big enough to handle American Kennel Club-sanctioned shows. That certification not only will help the center sustain itself – any sanctioned club within a 125-mile radius can rent the center for sanctioned events – but it also will help boost the local economy as well, by making Dixon a regional tourism draw for dog lovers.
Sue Devers of Morrison walks her dog, Sadie, through the rally course.
Mark Knie of Polo walks his dog, Mickey, through the rally course.
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