Farewell to Fanci

My Mom Fanci, died this month at age 15 and she will be missed. You can see where I got my good looks; she was a beautiful dog. She was talented, too, achieving Companion Dog and Companion Excellent Dog degrees and serving regularly as an ambassador to a local 2nd grade class. But, it was in agility competition, with chutes and teeter totters and weave poles and 7-foot A-frames, where Fanci excelled. (Maybe that’s where I get my speed.)

Her owner, Shirley Uphouse, wrote about Fanci and her success in her book: My Dogs, My Friends:
“Like most Australian Shepherds she was a quick learner. It was thrilling to see Fanci working in something she loved to do. We were a team as handler and dog were meant to be. We communicated with subtle movements and telepathic nuances. At the starting line she quivered with energy to burn, anxious to explode on the course. And explode she did. She ran the tunnel so fast, if not held down well, she rolled it as she ricocheted off the back wall…” Here’s a photo of her winning a First Place title.

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3 Responses to Farewell to Fanci
  1. Shirley
    September 27, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Note my new emaill address. I hope you will keep the tribute to Fancy up for a few days as I want to get it out to the many people who knew her as well as her puppies including Woofington.

    • woofington
      September 29, 2012 | 12:29 pm

      Fanci’s tribute will be up so long as Woofington’s World is. Just look in the section, About Me. You can always use the search function in the upper right-hand corner to find past posts.

  2. Glenda Beall
    September 28, 2012 | 3:37 am

    I am very sad to know that Fanci is gone. Even though she was not my dog, I loved her and admired her so much. I always told folks I met that Fanci was the smartest dog I have ever seen and I loved Watching Shirley and Fanci do their thing.
    My sympathies are with Shirley as I know how much she misses Fanci. I miss her too.

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