Meggan was a Border Collie and she was Marge Henderson's first flyball dog. She is Spin's mother and Luz & Flirt's grandmother. Meggan was a wonderful dog and she taught a LOT of dogs AND handlers how to play flyball due to her wonderful temperament and patience.
A tribute to Meggan by Cathy Rice:-
How and where to begin when attempting to share the feelings of love and loss on the evening when a much admired, respected and cherished dog had to be put down.
I guess a bit of history is in order. Meg was
born and raised on farmland in New Jersey. She was a beautiful, bouncing
baby Border Collie. She and her mom moved back to California
(where Meg's mom is from) when Meg was still a young dog. Meg grew up in a house full of Brittany’s and one huge cat named Nelson. She ruled the roost from her earliest days. She
had brilliance, charm and a bit of the devil from the very beginning.
As a young dog she earned her CDX in Obedience
with her usual flair. She always put everything into whatever she was doing.
Before moving on to Utility, although she was trained
to compete, Meg's mom found Flyball. Flyball was brand new in California and there were just a few people trying it. Meg and her rag tag bunch of buddies were the first California
team to enter any competition in the sport. They went, as their first competition, to the Nationals in Texas. This new bunch of untested dogs actually won that competition. I think the
fastest time at the tournament in those days was around 22 secs. (We’ve all come a long way since then). Meg has run Flyball all of her adult life. She has run with more dogs than
anyone could count, she has trained more new handlers (I was one of them and we ran together for years, even after I had a dog of my own), she has run as the "one solid dog" on
more "new dog" teams to go through an entire weekend and only earn a few points, she never wavered in her enthusiasm and loved the sport as much as any dog ever could. In fact,
she was at a tournament a couple of months ago. Meg had a great time and barked and ran her way to bliss for the entire weekend.
Meg also put in her time in Agility. In fact,
I personally spent 4 years competing with her. I didn't have a dog in the
beginning, and even after I did, she was my outstanding Agility dog.
We earned our USDAA MAD title together and had completed the highest level in NADAC as well. She was a strong-willed competitor who talked back to me more than once on
course to try to convince me that the direction she wanted to go was the right one. I have only wonderful memories of our time spent in Agility. I can't leave out the awe and amazement
I always had when watching Meg herd sheep. She had as much natural ability as any BC could ever wish to have. She didn't train formally until she was already a senior, but she was
I guess her last claim to fame and the legacy
that will carry on are her equally amazing offspring. She had one litter
of pups when she was 4 or 5 and all of them have earned their place
of honor in their respective dog sports and herding arenas across the country. Her son Spin, has been nothing short of amazing in Flyball, Agility and Herding as well. The
grandchildren are also making their presence known in dog sports and one day people all over will know of Meg, her kids and her grandkids.
I guess I will close now. I needed to share a
bit of the life of an amazing Border Collie named Meg. She brought joy,
love and spirit to so many. And I know as someone who was very
involved in her life, she will be missed forever and will never be forgotten. I know she is feeling wonderful right now even though her mom and her friends will be in pain for some
time. I know she is kicking b_tt at Flyball in Heaven.
Be with God Meg.
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