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Cinder's Story...
(Sept. 24,1988- Feb. 13, 2002)

Titles Earned: CGC, AMBOR CD, 

Cinder was the first to join the R`ioghail Clan.  She came to us when she was four years old.  She is a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever Cross.  She is a love sponge and is happiest when she is around her people.  Her favorite toy is her tennis ball and she loves to play hide-n-seek.  Thanks to Cinder I have discovered AMBOR The American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration.  This is a wonderful organization which provides opportunities for mixed breed dogs and their owners to participate in a wide variety of performance events.  They welcome the all American dog where other's don't, and give talented dog/handler teams the opportunity to compete and earn titles.  I have since learned of other organizations which accept and promote the accomplishments of mixed breed dogs.  You can follow Cinder's links to learn more about various opportunities for mixed breed dogs.

When she is not busy being the house princess and bossing the boys around, Cinder loves to go backpacking, hiking, swimming and skijoring.  She likes showing off her talents in obedience at fun matches and just loves to play agility games.  She refuses to believe she is getting too old to have fun so we make an effort to do a little bit of everything she enjoys.  She doesn't seem to notice that the jumps are lower, obstacles easier, and hikes shorter these days...she's too busy having fun. Look here for some pictures of Cinder enjoying her retirement years.

With a tear in my eye; I had to say goodbye to my precious girl on Feb. 13, 2002.  She was 13 1/2 years young at the time and thankfully lived a full, happy and healthy life clear up to her last days.
She was the first to join the clan and the first to teach me the many joys of sharing my life with dogs.  It is only fitting that she also be the first to leave the clan and in so doing teach me how to deal with
the sorrow of separation.  Cinder will always be in my heart and memory.  She taught me the ropes and leaves her legacy for the clan to continue on.  She will be patiently waiting at the bridge upon my arrival.  I am sure she will  look after all of the other fur kids that are still waiting for their loved ones.  Take care my princess...
                     Until we meet again...

Cinder's Pictures
"If I could just get a little 
higher I know I could reach 
the counter."

"Don't forget the Rollover"
Cinder supervises packing up after 
camping for the night.
Cinder is a registered therapy dog through Therapy Dogs Inc. 
Here she is visiting
 her friends at the nursing home.
Happy Heeling at a fun match 
in Missoula, MT
Playing King of the Hill 
on hike in Idaho
Cooling off after a hot day on the trail.
Cinder and I introducing dad to snow shoeing.

        "I'll catch 'em for ya"
      Cinder trying her paw at herding

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Cinder's Favorite Links

AMBOR - American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration. This site provides information about AMBOR, it's history and competitive programs for mixed breed dogs.

UKC  - The United Kennel Club is the second largest registry for pure bred dogs.  They also register mixed breeds and welcome them to participate in performance sports.

ASCA - The Australian Shepherd Club of America allows mixed breed dogs to participate in their activities and earn titles as well.

Dog Scouts of America - This group based in michigan has a camp for all dogs.  The dogs
can earn merit badges and have fun too.  They also offer backpacking titles for all dogs including mixes.

CCC - Clever Canine Companions. This is the organization through which Cinder earned her VCCX title.  They offer versatility titles for all dogs pure breed and mixed. The title gives additional credit for Champions, Obedience, Herding, Agility, Therapy, etc.

IWPA - International weight Pull Association.  This is another place where mixed breeds are welcome to show off their talents.

USDAA - Untied States Dog Agility Association.  Agility is a fun sport for all dogs.  The USDAA welcomes all dogs including mixed breeds.

DVG -  Deutscher Verband der Gebrauchshundsportvereine .  If you are interested tracking, obedience and protection work both the DVG and USA  (The United Schutzhund Clubs of America) allow mixed breed dogs to participate in their programs.

NAFA - Flyball Racing is yet another fun doggie sport that is open to mixed breeds.

Montana Pets on the Net - There are many wonderful companions looking for someone to love them.  If you have a place in your heart and space in your home Cinder suggests looking here first. (or at a shelter in your area if you're not in Montana)

    If you know of other organizations which allow mixed breed dogs to participate please let Cinder and I know.  We'd like to include them on our page.
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