Jim Basic’s Dogs
Mick, b. 6-1-91 d. 11-23-2006, started showing in April of 1993 and by the end of 1994 was competing at the Masters level of USDAA and the Elite level of NADAC. In 1995 Jim and Mick made agility history by becoming the first team to earn both the USDAA Agility Dog Champion title (ADCH) and the NADAC Agility Trial Champion title (NATCH). At the first NADAC Nationals in 1995 Mick won the National Championship in the 24″ Elite class. In 1996 Jim and Mick went on to win the 30″ class at the USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility National Championships, making them the first team to win national championships in two agility organizations. In addition to winning in 1996, they have been Finalists at the USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility in 1995, 1998, 2000 and 2001. In 1996 they were chosen by the USDAA to represent the United States at the World Dog Show in Vienna. Mick is the only dog to make the USDAA Top Ten in all categories for seven consecutive years, 1996-2002. In 2003 Mick became the first dog to be awarded the USDAA’s Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award, which requires 500 masters legs, with at least 50 in each class. Mick retired in October 2003 as the USDAA’s all time career Master leg earner with 550.
Swift, b. 8-9-95, d. 7-14-2010. In 1995 Jim acquired his second Border Collie, Highcroft Swift, a littermate to Nancy’s Riot. At first, an agility career for Swift looked doubtful, since he needed TPO surgery on both hips. Fortunately, the surgeries and rehabilitation were a success and Swift was up and competing by the time he was two years old. In August of 1998 he earned his ADCH, and in 2000 and 2001 he was a Finalist at the USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility World Championships. Swift made all 4 categories in the USDAA Top Ten for the years 2000 and 2001, making Jim the first handler to have two dogs in all 4 categories in the same year. Swift earned his Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Upon their retirements Mick and Swift were #1 and #2 for lifetime Gamblers legs, and both led their jump heights in Top Ten points for that class.
Spy, b. 12-1-99. In January of 2000 Jim added his third Border Collie, Spy, aka Power Paws Secret Agent. Spy started competing at the end of June 2001, and qualified for the USDAA nationals at only his second trial. At the 2001 Nationals, at not yet 2 years of age, Spy placed 2nd in the first round of Steeplechase, 2nd in Gamblers, and tied for third in Jumpers. At the 2004 Cynosport Games Spy teamed up with Nancy’s Wicked, and Ann Croft’s Trigger to win the Dog Agility Master’s Team Tournament. Spy is also a Grand Prix Finalist, two-time Steeplechase Finalist, and Power and Speed winner at the Cynosport Games. In 2011 Spy became Jim’s third dog to earn the Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sweep b. 10-13-2006. Sweep, aka Power Paws Clean Sweep, is a son of Spy, who Jim picked out of the litter at 4 weeks of age, knowing early on he was the dog for him. Sweep started his agility career in grand style, winning the very competitive Southwest Regional Grand Prix before the age of two, and finishing 2nd in both the Steeplechase and DAM Tournament at that event. In his two appearances at the Cynosoprt Games Sweep has combined to be a Finalist in all three tournament events. At 5 years of age Sweep has earned his Silver Lifetime Achievement Award, and has won a combined 27 Grand Prix, Steeplechase, and Team Tournament events.