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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Good luck, Twisster
Best of luck to this high-flying Island pet
Twisster, a 4-year-old Shetland sheepdog, the pet of Brenda Twiss of Anna Maria, will compete in the American Kennel Club's National Agility Championship this weekend in Tampa. For more about the dog and the event, see inside. Islander Photo: Courtesy Brenda Twiss

Twisster, a 4-year-old Shetland sheepdog, will be competing in the agility championship in Tampa this weekend.

The sheltie allows owner Brenda Twiss to take care of him in their Anna Maria home.

The American Kennel Club's National Agility Championship will be the first time in the "big leagues" for Twisster, Twiss said. "We've only been doing it two years," she added. "We don't have any aspiration to place, but I believe we're good enough to at least compete.

The agility trials are only part of the weekend's festivities, with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show slated to be televised on the Animal Planet television network both Saturday and Sunday nights.

"Keep your fingers crossed for us," Twiss said with a laugh.