Kirkcaldy duo aiming to be the top dogs

Laura and Alan Short (front left) with their dogs and other members of the team.
Laura and Alan Short (front left) with their dogs and other members of the team.
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A Kirkcaldy couple and two of their dogs are set to take on the world with the Scottish Dog Agility Team in Italy next week.

Laura and Alan Short have been selected for the team of 16 handlers and dogs who will be competing for their country at the 2014 World Agility Open in Lignano from May 16-18.

Alan (41) and his working sheep dog Bruce are among the most experienced members of the team, having previously competed internationally and in the main ring at Crufts, representing Scotland this year in the prestigious International Final.

However, when it comes to the contest in Italy he won’t be the only member of the household running for Scotland.

Laura (40), who has previously attended events as his wife and support, has also been selected to represent her country with Border Collie Bianca.

Both Laura and Alan qualified at a team selection day last September and train with Kingdom of Fife Dog Agility Club.

Laura, who works for Co-operative Funeralcare in Dunfermline, said: “I would like to say thank you to my employers who have really supported us this year with a donation to get the team to Italy.

“We are all really looking forward to taking on some of the world’s best handlers and dogs. We can’t wait.”

Alan added: “The team have had an amazing start to the season and we hope to do equally well in Italy. We have to thank dog food firm Kronch for sponsoring us as the cost of getting to Italy with a team of dogs wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Thirty-three countries will be competing in the Open with dogs competing in four height categories. Dog agility requires handlers to navigate dogs around 20 obstacles.