* Photo by Eileen Thorne. Top dogs: Hershey, an SPCA rescue, beat 21 other dogs and took home the DTC’s Standard Agility trophy.
* Photo by Eileen Thorne. Top dogs: Hershey, an SPCA rescue, beat 21 other dogs and took home the DTC’s Standard Agility trophy.
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For the first time in Bermuda mixed breed dogs were allowed to compete in a Bermuda Kennel Club (BKC) sanctioned trial, which in the past has been restricted to pure breeds.

The milestone happened when the Dog Training Club of Bermuda (DTC) held its International Dog Agility trials at Cavendish Saltus in Devonshire on March 27 and 28 with Canadian judge Gayle Avery.

Thanks to the persistence of Jane Taylor, a board member of both the DTC and Bermuda Kennel Club (BKC), a mixed breed registry was set up under the BKC earlier this year.

Hershey, an SPCA rescue dog, beat 21 other dogs and took home the DTC's Standard Agility trophy.

Hershey, a pitbull-type, had been part of an illegal litter turned into the SPCA several years ago.

After being adopted out and returned due to his high energy level, it was decided that he could only go to an extremely experienced pit bull owner who would be able to train him regularly and give him an outlet for his energy.

Luckily for Hershey, Donna and Rick Vesely were looking for a new addition to their family and had the perfect solution to his exercise requirements - agility.

"Agility helps Hershey to focus and releases a lot of his pent-up energy," said Mrs. Vesely. "Also, it's a really fun form of obedience.

"It shows that mixed breeds can not only do agility, but can be the best!"

She added: "It's great to show the public what pitbulls and pitbull types can do. They have a bad rap in the community and are seldom seen in a positive light.

"This will help show how social they can be with both people and other dogs.

"It is important that mixed breed and rescue dogs are being recognised as simply being like any other dog."