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Northland Agility would have never have been started if Tigger hadn't joined our family.
He came to us as the runt of the litter, but was full spunk and attitude. A neighbor suggested we go to a lady near us that taught dog agility, as Tigger seemed to have the right qualities for that. So Lori and Tigger went off to visit this trainer and started agility, but between the all the kids activities and school Tigger had to leave agility.
Several years later, kids grew up and started driving, Lori decided to send Tigger back to school. Tigger picked up right where he left off and started competing, and winning. Tigger seemed to have a natural ability and as the trainer said "he is a Border Collie in a Sheltie's body".
Tigger had advanced to Masters Jumpers and Excellent Standard in his last competition on February 15, 2013. About 3 weeks later we noticed he was limping a bit. Arriving home from work one night Lori noticed he was unable to place any weight on his right leg and took him to the Doctor. His right elbow had a large mass on it and the Vet aspirated it to determine what it was. The preliminary diagnosis was undetermined but noticed a larger number of abnormal cells in the sample.
The Veterinarian decided that in April of 2013 that the best option for Tigger was to have his front right leg amputated to remove the growth. Sadly, the cancer had spread to Tigger's lymph nodes, and the doctors speculated that it would eventually be fatal.
Up until the end, Tigger was mobile and active as a Tripawd. He has adjusted well to having only three legs, and could still keep up with the other two boys. He still loved playing ball, and his personality was as spunky as ever. He loved participating in Chase Away K9 Cancer Runs and could still post amazing runs despite his disability.
On November 18, 2014, Tigger lost his long fight against his illness.
We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of sympathy we received in the wake of his death and are profoundly humbled to have lived with such a determined dog.
Some of our members started a memorial in honor of Tigger, to benefit research on canine cancer. If you would like to donate, please make a check payable to the 'University of Missouri - College of Veterinary Medicine' and mail it to Linda Scorse at 12424 Elder Road Joplin, MO 64804. You can email Mickey if you have questions.
We also want to thank the excellent diagnoses and treatment from the Emergency Staff at Blue Pearl, Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Pat Perkins at Canine Performance Medicine, and most of all to Dr. Steven Bleish and his staff at the Platte County Animal Clinic (now Taylor Animal Clinic) for all the last minute emergency visits.
Thank you to everyone who loved Tigger like we did. His life and drive led to the founding of Northland Agility, and the memory of his dedication compels us to give the same excellent effort and enthusiasm that he had for the sport of canine agility.