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Angelus a/k/a "Gel" is obviously not a cat, but one day he may think he's a cat because he lives with so many. If he develops the athletic ability of my cats, that would transfer itself very nicely on the agility field. All photos were taken May 1, 2005. Some are not in focus, but I liked the action so much I left them as is. I'm not sure who had more fun during this photo shoot, Angelus or me.

UPDATE: Angelus and I are slowing turning into an agility team and we spend a good amount of time every day training on my personal agility field. Except for the tunnel, I made everything myself. When we are not doing agility, we herd critters around! See Angelus herding ducks and sheep. Finally you can see Angelus pedigree here.
Angelus

Angelus has only been swimming for a few weeks, but like so many Border Collies, he does everything with his entire heart and soul. He could swim clear across the pond if I could throw that far. Swimming is going to prove a useful form of exercise when it gets too hot to run.

Angelus

Returning from his wet retrieve.

Angelus

Here he is waiting for me to give him the cue to "fetch it."

Angelus

He needs to be careful that the Kong doesn't bop him in the head when he's running back with it.

Angelus

Get it!

Angelus

Look at that long, ground covering stride.

Angelus

Note the ear flipped back, that's the latest in Border Collie fashion and an added cooling means.

Angelus

He runs like a Thoroughbred.

Angelus

Ditto.

Angelus

Scoping out the location of the Kong in the pond before he leaps in.

Angelus

Approaching the Kong in the pond from a different angle. We've been working so hard on straight lines, I think he attempts to stay in a straight line when he retrieves the Kong.

Angelus

The Kong knocked him out during this retrieve — just kidding.

Angelus

Isn't he gorgeous? He may not have all the white so many Border Collies do, but I think he's absolutely stunning.

Angelus

Look — I can fly! All four legs are off the ground.

Angelus

When I first started Angelus retrieving, he'd miss whatever I threw for him more times than he was able to accurately grab it off the ground where it landed. Now, his accuracy is almost 100 percent. In this photo, he's a millisecond away from grabbing the Kong from the grass.

And for live action, if you have a fast Internet connection see:
Vacuuming with a Border Collie.

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