A 13-year-old Shetland Sheepdog named Stormy was the oldest competing dog in the 2019 AKC Agility National Championship held March 15-17 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She will turn 14 this July.
Stormy has been competing in agility since she was aged two. Over a decade later, Stormy and her owner Greg Lang of Ilion, New York, are still competing. The duo is quite successful, qualifying for the Nationals every year since 2009.
For the 2019 championship, Greg received an email from the AKC notifying him that Stormy was the oldest.
Since 702 of the 1313 competing dogs at the contest were age seven or older, Stormy was in good company. Dogs are generally classified as seniors when they reach seven years old, although the rule would vary depending on the breed.
However, there are challenges in fielding a senior dog, especially one as old as Stormy, in the competitions. Since Stormy is now completely deaf, Greg needs to use his arms and legs to give instructions to Stormy.
Greg still doesn’t know when Stormy will retire. For now, they just want to enjoy every competition that Stormy could join.