Christie, co-owner of SureFire Dogs, Inc. has been a professional dog trainer since 1992. She has trained four Golden Retrievers in obedience, tracking, field, and agility. Since being introduced to agility in 1996, she has taken an active part in the entire agility arena, as a competitor, instructor, trial chair, and software developer. In November 2003, Christie became the first AKC agility judge in Massachusetts.
Christie's Golden Retriever Sundance, qualified for the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 USDAA DAM team championships, and the 2001 USDAA steeplechase championship. Sundance won the Sterling Sweepstakes award in his division, three consecutive years, 2001-2003.
Sundance was one of only 24 Golden Retrievers to have earned the Master Gamblers title from USDAA. Sundance was the 1st dog in New England and the only dog in Massachusetts to earn a VCD title in 2001. Christie completed an AKC Utility title in 1998 with Mohawk UD, TD, OA OAJ.
Christie's 16 year old AKC Breed Champion miniature poodle Pi retired at age 14 after a very busy career! Pi earned his AKC agility PACH 2 at 13.9 years old in June 2017. He earning his MACH in November of 2007, MACH2 in November 2009, MACH3 in April 2011, MACH 4 in May 2012 and MACH 5 in May 2013, MACH 6 in May 2014, MACH 7 in May 2016 and his PACH and PAX in July 2016. Pi and Christie earned his ADCH in June 2007, his Bronze-ADCH in September 2010, and his Bronze Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, Silver-ADCH in November 2012 and Silver Lifetime Achievement in February 2014, and Gold-ADCH in November 2014 and his Platnum ADCH in April 2016 and Gold LAA in July 2016. Pi qualified for the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 - 2015 DAM Team Championship, 2006 - 2015 Steeplechase and Grand Prix 2006 - 2015. Pi has qualified for the AKC National Agility Championships for 2007-2017 attending the AKC Nationals in April 2011 earning 2 qualifying rounds. Pi and his DAM team placed 3rd at the 2014 USDAA New England Regionals. In April of 2017, at 13.7 years old Pi competed at the AKC Nationals, with 3 clean rounds and finishing in 11th place in his class!! These days, Pi enjoys playing in the yard and visiting his friends at trials.
Christie has an 12 year old Golden Retriever Winee competing in agility, obedience, and rally obedience. At 10 months old, Winee earned her 1st Rally Novice leg taking 4th place at the Golden specialty.
Winee went on to earn her first title, Rally Novice, at the Golden Nationals at only 14 months! Winee continues to enthusiastically retrieve in field. She received the HIT award while earning her CDX title in 2013. She earned her CDSP-OTCH in March of 2018, her UD in March 2016 and has received multiple HIT awards in CDSP. On January 5th, 2019, Winee earned her Utility Dog title in AKC obedience. Winee achieved her AKC agility MACH 7 in June 2017. She qualified for the 2010 - 2018 AKC Agility Nationals and attended the Nationals in April 2011 and March 2014 where she earned 2 qualifying rounds each year. At the 2016 Nationals, Winee ran clean in all three rounds of the 20" jump height finishing 55th out of 340 competitors. Winee double qualified for the 2017 AKC Nationals, qualifying in June for the 20" Championship height and in November for the 16" Preferred height. At the 2017 Nationals in Perry GA, she ran 3 clean rounds and finished 13th our of 81 dogs in Preferred! Winee earned her PACH 3 in May 2018, PACH 4 in September 2018 and PACH 5 in February 2019. Winee was the top Preferred Golden Retriever for the 2017/2018 qualiying period and earned coveted ticket to the AKC Invitationals in December 2018, where she ran clean in all rounds and finished in 22nd place out of 122 (much younger!) dogs. On March 2, 2019 Winee earned her AKC Agility Grand Champion title. In March 2019, Winee, at 11y8mo ran 3 clean rounds at the AKC 2019 Nationals in Tulsa, OK., coming in 19th out of 114 dogs.
Winee earned her USDAA ADCH in 2011, her Bronze ADCH in 2013, Silver ADCH in 2015 and her Gold ADCH in August 2017. She earned her Bronze Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and her Silver LAA in November 2016 and currently working towards her LAA Gold. She qualified for the 2010 & 2012 - 2018 DAM Team Championship, and the 2010 - 2018 Steeplechase and Grand Prix Tournaments.
In July 2016, Christie added a Golden Retriever puppy "Riptide" to the pack. He is driven, loves to swim, chase, retrieve and eat! Riptide is has already earned his Beginner Novice AKC title and his CD in AKC obedience. While earning his CDSP Novice title he received multiple HIT awards. Riptide also earned his CDSP CDX title in September 2018 and is competing in Utility.
After starting his agility competition in September of 2017 at the Golden Nationals, he catapulted into all the Master levels by May 2018. In October 2018, only five months later, he qualified for the 2019 AKC Agility Nationals where he ran 2 clean rounds and earned his way into the Challengers round. Only one dropped bar out of the finals!! Go Riptide!
|Call Name||New Title / Tournament Name||Date||Org.|
|Winee||PACH6 - Preferred Agility Champion 6 & PAX6||8/3/19||AKC|
|Riptide||Time 2 Beat||5/25/19||AKC|
|Winee||Preferred Premier Standard||5/25/19||AKC|
|Winee||Qualified for 2020 AKC Nationals||5/5/19||AKC|
|Riptide||Master Bronze Agility||5/4/19||AKC|
|Riptide||Master Bronze Jumper||3/31/19||AKC|
|Riptide||2 Clean Rounds - and Challengers Round!||3/17/19||AKC - Nationals|
|Winee||3 Clean Rounds - 19th place out of 114 at 11y8m old!||3/17/19||AKC - Nationals|
|Winne||AGCH - Agility Grand Champion||3/2/19||AKC|
|Winee||PDCH - Perfomance Dog Champion||2/17/19||USDAA|
|Winee||PACH5 - Performance Agility Champion 5 & PAX5||2/9/19||AKC|
|Winee||Preferred Preimer Jumpers||2/3/19||AKC|
- AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2018
- Amanda Shyne Handling on Course Agility Seminar, 2018
- Kathy Lesinsky K9 conditioning Seminar, 2017
- Amanda Shyne Puppy Agility Seminar, 2017
- Kathy Lesinsky K9 conditioning Seminar, 2016
- AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2015
- Emma Parsons ~ Click to Calm 2013
- Elaine Hamill Open Obedience Workshop 2013
- AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2012
- Elaine Hamill Utility Obedience Workshop 2012
- Elaine Hamill Open Obedience Workshop 2012
- Elaine Hamill Novice Obedience Workshop 2012
- Rachel Sander's Agility for Master Dogs Seminar 2011
- AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2009
- John Rogerson's Canine Aggression Seminar, 2008
- BARK Agility Camp, 2007
- AKC Agility Judges Continuing Education Seminar, 2006
- BARK Agility Camp, 2006
- Dr. W. Jean Dodds, DVM Truths & Myths: Screening for Blood & Immune disorders, 2006
- Clicker Training the Aggressive Dog by Emma Parsons, 2004
- Mary MacDonald Basic TTouch Seminar 1999
- Julie Daniels' Agility Seminar, 1999
- Clean Run Agility Camp, 2000, 2001, 2003
- Gary Wilkes Intermediate Clicker Seminar 2001
- Bud Houston Agility Seminar, 2001
- AKC Agility Judges Seminar. 2003
- APDT Conference, 1999
- Terry Brown Agility Seminar, 2000, 2001
- Sue Sternberg's A Weekend on Dog Behavior, 2003
- Patty Ruzzo's Cookie Power Obedience Seminar, 2002
Other dog-related affiliations include:
- American Kennel Club Agility Judge ~ 2003 to present
- Teamwork Agility Club of Central Massachusetts ~ President
- Golden Retriever Club of America
- Wachusett Kennel Club Board of Directors 2004-2010
- Wachusett Kennel Club Agility Trial Chair 2000, 2001, 2004-2010
- Wachusett Kennel Club Public Education Coordinator 1999, 2000
Ch MACH7 PACH2 ADCH-Platinum Rembrandt Daydreamer CD RE MXB3 MJS3 MXPB MXP4 MJP4 MJPB PAX2 MFS MFP TQX T2B3 LAA-Gold NAC NJC NCC TN CDX-C
AGCH MACH7 PACH6 ADCH-Gold PDCH OTCH-C Gaylan's Ji:hah Fire Keeper RA NJP TDI UD MXG2 MJC2 MXP13 MXPB2 MJP13 MJPB2 PJSP PDSP PAX6 MFB TQX MFPB TQXP T2B4 T2BP SACH-G GCH-G TM-G NAC CD-CCH UDX2-C CCA ADHF LAA Silver HIT
Gaylan's Outta The Clear Blue 28 BN CD CDX-C SPG NJP NFP MXF MXB MXJ MJB HIT
Mischief's Tomohawk UD TD OA OAJ September 22, 1991 ~ October 2, 2002
Sundancer Shines TD MX MXJ CD VCD1 RN AD GM S-OAC EGC O-OGC S-NJC GS-O JS-N RS-O TDI July 20, 1997 ~ October 11, 2011