Dog in need of saving

June 12, 2010

I hope someone can help with this. There’s a dog in need of a good home. Here is info from the vet who’s the go between (Lisa Wiggins): “I have an elderly gentleman that adopted a dog (4 years old) from shelter and cannot keep it. I think it has border collie in it. It does herd and bark and have lots of energy so is too much for an elderly man. This dog has an incredible personality and I think would do really well at agility…lots of energy, drive and heart.If I cannot find a home for this dog fast, he will likely be euthanized because it is too much for an old man. Dog is neutered and up to date on vaccines.”

CPE Nationals – a personal perspective

June 9, 2010

DogSport Magazine asked me to write about the CPE nationals for their online magazine.  I wrote at the end of each of the 3 days of competition. 

To read about my exploits, go to:

Agility Mini Camp July 30th

June 9, 2010

I’ve added a mini camp to be held the Friday before my summer agility camp, on July 30th.

Presenters will be:

Trisha Stall and Melinda Schneider – agility handling
Tracy Sklenar – “Sniffaholics Anonymous”, agility trouble shooting and building drive/enthusiasm
Lisa Norris – Canine Water Sports, working with your dog around and swimming in water and the basics of this new sport/activity

Go to for more details and the registration form.

AgileDogs 2010 Camp

April 27, 2010
I wanted to give you a heads up that there are still a few openings in this year’s camp, to be held July 31-August 1 at Sugar Bush Farm, so if you plan on attending this year you should get your registration form in soon.
This year’s instructors are:
Ray Wheeler
Elise Paffrath
Tracy Sklenar
Dr. Lisa Wiggins, DVM
In addition, we’ll have some special presenters on topics such as chiropractic, massage therapy, and acupuncture.
For this year we’ll be adding a pre-camp day on Friday, July 30th.  We’re still working on this additional day’s schedule and presenters, but it’s an optional day, separate from camp, and will include agility and some other offerings (one thing we’re working on is a tricks/games workshop!).
Go to to read the bios for this year’s presenters and download the registration form.
Email me if you have any questions.

Demos July 10th

April 27, 2010
Anyone interested in doing demos for a dog fair on Saturday, July 10, for the Wags and Whiskers Family Fun Fair in Schenectady, sponsored by the Schenectady County SPCA?
There will be plenty of chances to practice with your dog and work them in an exciting, trial-like environment.  Your dog will have to be ok with kids as they are sure to be in attendance, but does not have to be trial-ready! 
We will have an enclosed ring and most agility obstacles (will likely not be bringing dogwalk or Aframe due to their size).
The website for the event is
Please contact me if you’re interested in attending.

Fairs – Demos Season!

September 7, 2009

I just finished my usual Labor Day Weekend fair “tour“.  Every year for the past 6 years I have done dog agility demos at the Scottish Games ( at the Altamont Fairgrounds.  This year Steve Capporizzo, the Channel 10 weatherman and local rescue dog champion, was back to emcee.  Last year he was notably absent, and it just wasn’t the same without him.  This is always a big event, there’s a big crowd there to watch agility; but also in general there are tons of vendor booths, food, drink, and clans/societies, and of course the bagpipe bands.  The weather was wonderful, and we had Border Collies, Shelties, Cairn Terrier, Golden Retriever, and even Scottish Deerhound to perform agility during the dog show.  We also had an unofficial show earlier in the day (a warm up, really, without announcing to the crowd, and open to non-Scottish breeds of dogs).  Any time you start running a dog over the agility course crowds form!

On Thursday, for the 5th year in a row (if my memory serves) I also held demos at Kids Day at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham (  This is a great local event, and we have 2 45 minutes shows each year.  The crowds were, as usual, large and appreciative, and other than the scary ferris wheel just 20′ from the ring that unnerved a couple of dogs and a brief outing by one dog to get some food a spectator had about 25′ away, all the dogs did very well and really entertained the crowd.

Thanks to all who helped me with both shows.  These are a lot of work for me to organize, get participants for, and haul/setup/takedown equipment for.  I really appreciate all of my friends and students to come out to help me put on a good show every year!

My Parents 50th Wedding Anniversary

August 22, 2009

The following was in the Berkshire Eagle last weekend:

Stalls Celebrate 50 Years

August 15, 2009

Recent photo wedding

Marjorie and Ralph Stall

     Ralph and Marjorie Stall of New Lebanon, NY celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 15th.  They were married in the East Chatham Methodist Church on August 15, 1959.
     They have a daughter, Trisha, of New Lebanon, NY.
     Ralph retired from General Electric/Martin Marietta, as a senior Designer in 1993 after 37 years of service.  After retirement he worked part  time as a design checker for Advanced Power Technologies, first in Pittsfield and then in Schodack, NY.  Ralph is an avid golfer and plays almost every day at Bas-Ridge in Hinsdale, Mass, and has gotten two holes-in-one.  He continues to try for the 3rd one.
     Marjorie, formerly Marjorie Larabee, worked as a bookkeeper for the first few years of their marriage and then was a stay at home Mom and housewife.  Marge is an avid quilt maker.


I am putting together a booklet for Mom and Dad, and if you would like to send me an email, I will include it in the booklet. 

I know some of you know them very well, others have just seen them loading equipment at trials, or Dad fixing things, or bringing me items at trials.  Or, some of you know of my Mom making that Teacup quilt for the TDAA nationals, or my parents making and bringing the food for my summer agility camp.

But, they do a great deal for me such as getting the trailer packed up, driven to the site, and unloading it, taking inventory of the ribbons and food after the trial is over.  Plus, they take care of my dogs when I go to my day job adn when I am away judging on weekends.  Anything you want to include is fine, either something you remember about them or just sending them good wishes.  Thanks in advance!