Hi! My name is Kelly Ely and I live in Brick NJ.
I am owned by two kids, my daughter Rayce and my son RJ. Rayce enjoys many things and has yet to find her thing. She has tried gymnastics, acting, dog training and now would like to learn to play the guitar. RJ has a passion for all things with wheels! Right now he is passionate about BMX bike racing and races at Central Jersey BMX in Howell, NJ.
As well as, three papillons.
Gidget was my husband's and I first dog together and she started all this agility nonsense. She is now 14 years old and princess of the couch. She was given away free to a good home. I found out later she is a Reigal pap. Reigal's Q Belong to me NA NAJ TDI
Rocket came to us from Brookfield Papillons, Sherry Duhigg, in Brookfield Conn. By then I was addicted to agility but Gidget was not fond of the game (I was new to dog training) so after many tears and frustration my husband Rich caved in and let me adopt Rocket. Rocket has his own complex story and came close to being put down for being aggressive with kids. Luckily Sherry had another breeder visiting that took one look at him and said "he needs a performance home!" The pap hot line was initiated and I was sent an email with his picture. I drove three hours to meet him. He wouldn't come near me until I went out to the car and got some treats. The second he heard the food bag he didn't take his eyes off mine and he has been that way ever since. He was the best Novice A dog a green handler could ask for. He tolerated so many of my mistakes and didn't care as long as the food kept coming. He was up for anything as long as it included me and food! During his career he was the 8" Agility All Star Champion 2002, Multiple first places at the Papillion National Specialty Orlando Fla 2003, qualified for AKC Nationals 3 years in a row and MACH Brookfields Goodnews Rocketman. He is now 13 years old and ruler of the house.
Surf is the baby of the house now. Chenevert's Epic Riptide OA OAJ NF He will be 3 this year and I hope we will be able to qualify for AKC nationals for next year. I qualified with Rocket but was never able to attend. Surf is my Gidget all over again but this time I am more prepared. He is a cautious thinker which has its advantages and disadvantages. He has improved greatly in the last year and I have learned to work hard to find and keep the joy in our training. I am planning on attempting USDAA with him and we have played in UKI agility.
I am married to a wonderful man that never had any plans to include animals in his life ;-) He now tolerates three dogs and I just asked for #4 lol. He said no but we will see......
Rich and I have been together for over 20 years, married over 15. We spent most of our early life together at stock car race tracks in NJ Penn and NY. He no longer races and sometimes is sad about that but the kids and BMX racing help keep him busy. He also owns his own construction company. Ely Contracting LLC.
For me you can see that my passion is for agility. I came to it later in life but try hard to balance it all. By trade I am a Speech Language Pathologist and work in my local district at the 2 High Schools. I specialize in Autism but I am more passionate about pediatric feeding and augmentative communication. I really enjoy what I do for a living but it is not the same as dog agility. I also really enjoy photography, sun sand and sea, reading, camping with my family, hiking, and kayaking. My other joy has been teaching agility to kids (Jr handlers) this past year. They are like little border collies that enjoy what they are doing, soak up all that you tell them, and can't wait to do more! They have been such a blessing and have helped me learn as much as they have! I am a fan of Susan Garrett and positive dog training. I also like to throw in some cooking and baking when time permits (haha).
Thanks for stopping by, if you would like to know more or have any questions please feel free to drop me a line. Find me here