Jan Linch is, by her own admission, mad about dogs – any shape, size or breed, but people really thought she was ‘barking’ when she ordered her first personal number plate, J100 DOG.
“The reason I purchased it was because it suited both my business, as well as my hobby of dog agility,” says Jan. “When my car is parked up anywhere in public, I quite often see people pointing and commenting on it, having a little chuckle at the same time. I think my number plate compliments my hobby as well as my business in quite a humorous way.”
As a Canine Ultrasound Technician, Jan’s job involves travelling to different parts of Kent and Sussex, visiting top breeders, as well as ordinary dog owners. “It’s a very satisfying job,” she says, “and especially rewarding when you can see tiny little puppies moving on the ultrasound screen.”
Jan has kept Border Collies for over thirty years and has recently started to breed them. “At the moment I have two females called, Sophie and Bonnie,” she says. “My love, and hobby of dog agility began in August 2012, when my husband Ian andI watched an agility competition at a steam rally show. Despite the fact that it was raining hard, and we got absolutely soaked, we watched the show for several hours. We were both fascinated by it, and thought how much fun we could have with our dogs if we could learn how to compete.
“Within weeks of that event I had joined our local dog agility training club, whereI took Sophie for weekly lessons. Within eight months I was ready for my first competition weekend. I still remember how nervous I was! The adrenaline was the only thing that got me round the course over that weekend! However, Sophie and I came away with four first places!
“It was at this point that I purchased a complete competition set of dog agility equipment and placed it in a field on our farm. It wasn’t long before our friends, neighbours and acquaintances began to bring their mixture of dogs for a bit of fun, and before long, I found myself with quite a large group of enthusiastic dog owners ready to learn dog agility!
“I wasn’t even qualified to teach, and I’m still not, but it hasn’t stopped people coming along to learn, socialise, and have some fun, and that’s what dog agility is all about – having fun. And so, ‘Frittenden Dog Agility’ was born!”