O'my! Breaking The Rules RN DMA DSA AS TKN
Call name: Atari
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OFA Hips: Excellent (preliminary at 17 months also OFA Excellent)
Atari is spayed and was never bred.
Atari has been 'breaking the rules' (every. single. one. of. them.) since she was 2.5 weeks old, escaping every and any type of containment we had setup for the litter as they grew. She loves to be with ‘her’ people and there is not anything she wouldn't do for them. She is an exuberantly happy dog, silly and sweet and tries oh so hard. Atari got her AKC Novice Trick Dog Title (10 tricks/behaviors needed) on her 10 week birthday. A natural swimmer, this girl has been leaping off the ramp into the pool since she was 11 weeks. At 6 months and 3 days old, Atari did her first few NADD jumps 'for fun' and hit her first personal best of 18' from half dock!!!! Flash forward to 3 years of age and her personal best with NADD is 24'1" and she has recently learned AR and has been very competitive in the senior division! Her main sport has been frisbee and her large powerful stride effortless chases down those throws. She has amazing hops and stamina!
In 2023 at the NADD Southeast Regional, Atari had a clean sweep in Air Retrieve from 16-18' which landed her a nice win as the 2023 NADD SE Regional Champion in Senior AR!!! (Her littermate, Hitman, took Reserve!) This earned her a ticket to compete at the 2023 NADD National Championship! I am just thrilled for Atari and can't wait to see her continue to progress in this sport.
Atari was born with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) which was discovered at her 7 week checkup. This is a persistent opening between the two major blood vessels leading from the heart. The opening, called the ductus arteriosus, is a normal part of the circulatory system in utero that usually closes shortly after birth -- for whatever reason, that vessel did not close for her. Multiple specialists agreed that this type of defect is not common and unfortunately some congenital defects 'just happen', sometimes due to something as simple as poor placental attachment while in utero, but there doesn't appear to be any genetic links for it in this breed nor has there been any family history of this (or other heart related issues) from either side of her family tree. Atari went through open heart surgery at 8 weeks old to correct the issue and we are so thankful that it was a success and she will have a normal life. While she will never be bred and is spayed, we knew she was going to make an incredible performance dog and am so happy she stayed with us!
Check back as Atari grows for her adventures in dock diving and frisbee.