The owner of three dogs and author of seven novels, satirist Robert Rodi began a program of agility training for his sedentary sheltie Carmen just to give her some exercise, but soon he is bitten by the canine agility competition bug. As he hilariously recounts in this memoir, after Carmen is sidelined by a hip problem he seeks out a younger, more likely candidate. But the dog Rodi finds—the willful, singularly uncooperative Dusty—couldn't be a worse choice. As Dusty proves to be a virtuoso at finding new ways to do things wrong in competition, it finally begins to dawn on Rodi that the problem might not be the dog.
"The most difficult 'agility circuit' in this book is the hilarious and twisting road upon which Robert Rodi has embarked in his determination to train a recalcitrant Sheltie. It's one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. But then, to a dog, it's probably seven times funnier."—Cathie Pelletier