February 7, 2011

Kevin and Miley

AKC Master Agility Champion Miley the Boston Terrier

At the end of 2008 Kevin started competing in AKC agility with Miley and Howie, our hyperactive, fun-loving, and perpetually malodorous Boston Terriers. He entered them in a weekly class after work as a way to get some exercise while teaching the dogs a few basic obedience commands.

In these classes, Kevin learned to guide Miley and Howie through obstacle courses, competing in a race for speed and accuracy, using only his voice and hand gestures.

As it turns out, it was also a whole lot of fun.

AKC Master Agility Champion Miley the Boston Terrier

Last weekend Miley earned her Master Agility Champion (MACH) title.

The MACH is the highest AKC agility title a dog can earn. The dog and its handler must compete together to earn qualifying scores and titles in multiple divisions of agility before reaching the highest division in agility, Excellent B. In Excellent B, the dog can start earning MACH points for each second it finishes a course under the standard course time set by the judge.

There are two courses the dog can compete in on a trial day. The standard course includes each of the basic agility obstacles like the A-frame, chute, teeter-totter, and table, where the dog must show restraint and control by pausing on the table until given a release command. The jumpers course is a maze of jumps, weave poles, and tunnels.

AKC Master Agility Champion Miley the Boston Terrier

In competition, each and every agility course is different and can have over 20 obstacles per course. The handlers have a few minutes to walk and familiarize themselves with the course, but the dog only gets one chance to complete the course successfully. The dog does not get a practice run of the course.

To get the MACH title, the dog must accumulate 750 MACH points and have 20 double qualification runs. A Double Q is when the dog has perfect runs on both courses (standard and jumpers) on a trial day. Miley completed her 20th Double Q back in October, but still needed around 200 more MACH points to finish the title.

Last Friday at a trial in Nashville, TN she earned those final points and got the title.

I am bursting with pride for these two.


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Here’s a video Kevin made that shows Miley’s 20th Double Q runs in October, and her run last weekend where she earned her 750th MACH point to get the Champion title. At the end, they get to take a bar off the course as a trophy and run a victory lap around the ring.

You’ll see the camera start to shake as I well up with pride.

See more Miley and Howie agility videos on our Vimeo and YouTube channels.



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Kristi February 7, 2011 at 2:16 am

Awww, many congratulations to Kevin and Miley!! That is an amazing accomplishment!

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Dee February 7, 2011 at 3:13 am

Huge congrats!!! That’s awesome!

I was thinking of doing something like that with my Boston. She has so much energy.

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Jenny February 7, 2011 at 3:34 am

I literally cried the entire victory lap! I have a Boston that I adore that we had to leave with my sister (temporarily, of course!) while we moved out of the country. I miss him so much and you inspired me to do something like this with Henry when we get back. Congratulations Miley and Kevin!

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Mia_h_n February 7, 2011 at 4:03 am

Congrats to them! :) LOL! I love how the ribbon’s twice the size of Miley! :D
This really takes me back to when I used to do agility with my dog. Thanks for posting.

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Brenda February 7, 2011 at 4:23 am

This reminds me so much of my Boston. I had to have him put to sleep in December 2010 at 13 yrs. of age. I really miss him and he would have loved to have had a chance to do agility competing.
Your Bostons are so beautiful and congrats to you all!!

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cathy February 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

enjoy your posts so much, thanks for sharing

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Paulette February 7, 2011 at 4:45 am

Congrats to Kevin and Miley that is so neat. Now they both need some sweet treats. Bostons are a wonderful breed small, the capacity of love they have for their owners is amazing Paulette

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emily February 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

I LOVE this! I would like to do this with my dog but I don’t see him succeeding! He’s an older dog and a rescue and won’t leave my side for anything, 85# of Malinois always leaning against me!

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Sue K February 7, 2011 at 5:04 am

Congratulations Kevin and Miley! Agility is a great thing to do with your dog!

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AmandaD February 7, 2011 at 5:34 am

Congrats! That is a major accomplishment & they are too adorable together. I did agility with my dog & we had such a great time.

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Natalie February 7, 2011 at 5:43 am

Watching your video, the one thing I did NOT expect was for my eyes to fill with happy tears. Wow… such joy!

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Carla February 7, 2011 at 5:49 am

I had tears in my eyes the whole video!! That was so awesome! Congratulations Kevin & Miley!!!! They were perfect and this was so much fun to watch!!

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Lois Martin February 7, 2011 at 6:07 am

That was so awesome. I love Bostons. We have a Silky and I am going to get him started in Agility. Good job Miley and good job Kevin. And hey, you got lots of great hugs!

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The Mrs February 7, 2011 at 6:18 am

Dangit! Now I’m sitting here tearing up!! Congrats to Kevin and Miley! You can tell the trust she has in him to guide her through the course.

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Elizabeth Rhyneer February 7, 2011 at 6:18 am

Fantastic !!! Congratulations Kevin & Miley. Such an accomplishment
for dog & man.

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Cristina February 7, 2011 at 6:21 am

Congratulations!! This made me tear up and I was not expecting it! Thanks for sharing!

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Cori February 7, 2011 at 6:23 am

That is so cool! I’ve always loved watching those competitions on tv! Congrats!!

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Jan February 7, 2011 at 6:37 am

That is so neat! I have watched these competitions on television before and thought they were amazing. You can tell they are having so much fun, too. Congratulations on a great accomplishment!

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Tina Bowering February 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

How awesome is that? We’ve got a Jack Russell who needs way more exercise – I think she’d love agility. I just have to find a place to do it close to home…thanks for the video!

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Kathy Martin February 7, 2011 at 7:01 am

How cool! That award ribbon is bigger than Miley! Ha!

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Leslie A February 7, 2011 at 7:01 am

That was awesome!! Congratulations.

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Amy W. February 7, 2011 at 7:09 am

I LOVE Miley’s expression in the posed picture with Kevin and the ribbon. She looks just like a kid that is saying, “hurry up and take the picture, would ya?” Congrats!

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Kathy F February 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

That was so much fun to watch! Great job to Miley and Kevin!!!

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Barbara February 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

WOW… what a lucky dog and what a lucky master! Miley, indeed,must be very, very intelligent. Congratulations!!

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Niki February 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

Wow, that’s awesome. Thanks for posting the video. I enjoyed that (and am jelous of Miley’s energy – lol)!

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Belinda February 7, 2011 at 7:22 am

Congratulations! My son was involved with flyball for several years and loved it….looks like Miley and Kevin had alot of fun together! Miley appears very proud! Thanks for sharing! Loved it!

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Jessica February 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

Congratulations to lil miss Miley for her MACH title and to Kevin for keeping up with a lightening fast Boston.

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suzi February 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

aaaaw! awesome job, miley and kevin! SO COOL!

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Susan Lee February 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

absolutely LOVED the video!!!

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Vickie McNulty February 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

Major congratulations!! I run my two Australian Shepherds in agility so I know exactly how much work goes into obtaining this title!! My girl Kaylie has all her MACH points – it’s those QQs that are hard to get! We’re at #14, so just 6 more to go. Some day!! But good job, and give that Miley lots of hugs and treats!

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Liz February 7, 2011 at 7:41 am

Oh my gosh, how adorable! I can’t wait to watch the video after work. Congrats Kevin and Miley :)

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Polly February 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

That was a total joy to watch…thanks for posting it!

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bonnie February 7, 2011 at 7:57 am

Very cool! Daddy and the “kid” both have lots to be proud of!

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amy s (OH) February 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

That was the coolest and sweetest thing. I didn’t expect to get teary eyed but I did!
P.S. I love your website. It’s one of my favorites.

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Jane Crawford February 7, 2011 at 8:27 am

That was just wonderful. It made me cry, too!

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Laura February 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

Adorable! That is such a great way to spend some quality time with your puppies.

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Kasey February 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

Your Bostons are adorable. Boy do I know about all that energy! I also have a Boston [her name is Lola] and she is nothing but a big ball of energy!

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Renee February 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

What a little sweetheart! You can just tell she is enjoying every minute of that and her “star” status!

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Carol February 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

Congratulations! I loved watching your video! :0)

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Judy February 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

Congratulations! I found myself tearing up as well! Love those Bostons!

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Anna Faustini February 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

Hi Amanda,
So very happy for you all. Congratulations on winning the Championship!! I loved watching the video…Hooray!!

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Jessica B February 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

OK. Does it make me a complete weirdo that I cried during the victory lap??!! Sheesh. Awesome accomplishment — WTG Miley and Kevin!! :)

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peggy February 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thank you! I’ve enjoyed following your adventures. Amazing how you capture your life and share it with us all. Very Cool!

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Alvina February 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

Haha wow, that was fun! :] And Kevin does have a do a bit of running! I think my favorite part is when Miley stands on the platform until Kevin says she can move. :] Congrats!

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Marilyn February 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

Congrats to Kevin and Miley! So awesome, I got a tad emotional watching the video. =)

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Jamaica Girl February 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

That was amazing thanks for sharing Miley you ROCK!!!

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Stephanie February 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

That is so cool! I can only imagine how proud you must all be! Great job Kevin & Miley! :) Thanks for sharing the video – it was fun to see all the excitement!

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Maria Ortiz-Cintron February 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

Wow! That’s so great! Congratulations to Kevin and Miley.

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Carrie Gamber February 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

That is by far the cutest thing I have ever seen… How AWESOME!!! Great job.. what smart little pups you have? I’m curious, is this something new that they started doing? How great they could learn that! Congrats to Kevin and Miley!

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Jessica @ The Budget Savvy Bride February 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

How exciting! Congrats to Kevin & Miley!! Would love to grab coffee if you’re ever in Nashville again! :)

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Kimberly February 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

That’s fantastic! You two (or should I say four) sure live life to the fullest. Congratulations!

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Amy February 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

That is awesome! Congratulations to you, Kevin, & Miley! <3 The video was a joy to watch! <3

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connie miles February 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

VERY IMPRESSIVE!! Congratulations!!

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Michelle P February 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

Awesome!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Congrats Kevin and Miley!!!!

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Allison M February 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

Congrats to Miley and Kevin! That is so fun and exciting. My husband and I talked about doing that with our dog since he has so much energy.

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Amy February 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

Congratulations Kevin and Miley! That was an awesome video. Thanks for sharing.

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Carole Beth Rhodes February 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

Congratulations Kevin and Miley. A well-deserved award. Thanks for letting us see the video.

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Ann "The Scrapbooking Housewife" February 7, 2011 at 10:14 am

That’s great!!! Kevin looks so happy, so does the dog, too! WTG! :-)

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Jessica Mason February 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

That is fantastic!!! Miley was great! Thanks for sharing!!

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Joni February 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

congrats! i totally teared up! what a proud mama you must be!

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Casey L. February 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

Congratulations!! That’s a great video and the music is sooo fitting! Thanks for sharing!

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Dalis February 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

wow miley sure has him very well trained… omg… thanks for the video it was fantastic!!!!! And coongrats for the MACH!!!!!! oh… and I have to say Kevin does the cutest march when weaving poles… LOL!!!

– dalis

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Toni February 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

Congratulations! I always figured Boston’s would be great at agility because they have a lot of speed and are very smart. They are also “people pleasers” which helps too :). I would love to get mine started doing something like that but we have no facilities around here :(

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daneilia February 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

thats great, Congrats to you guys. i wish i could get my ADHD dog to do the same but he has a short attention span haha.

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Cary February 7, 2011 at 11:08 am

Congrats to Kevin and Miley! That’s AUsome!!

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Jen V. February 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

Aw, congrats to Kevin & Miley! Thank you so much for sharing that video!! I welled up too, what a great moment. Our pets really are members of the family…thank goodness for them!

And I’m super jealous of Miley’s ability to stay, even when she wants to run. I need to know the trick to making that work since my hyper little pug is CONSTANTLY moving :)

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Janet Thwaits February 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

As a new fan of your blog I have really enjoyed your adventures and recipes!! My husband, a veterinarian, and I really enjoyed today’s
video and Miley’s superb performance. What a thrill for you all. Our
hardiest congratulations and best wishes.
Kevin did quite a job too. Not an easy task!!

Keep up the good work!

Janet

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Melissa S. February 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

Thanks for posting this! That was so much fun to watch! Smart dog!!

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Eileen Tamashiro February 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

Just finished watching Miley and Kevin! Congrats! Job well done . . . my older son was watching with me and was just amazed!

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Kelly February 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

Awww… That is so great! What a good little girl :-) My friend is thinking about starting her dogs in some agility training… It looks like they have so much fun! :-)

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Kate February 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thank you so much for posting this. I saw it on my reader and just had to see. I unfortunately lost my dog over the weekend and it has been very tough. I have been reaching out to the blog community to share my loss with others and to reflect on all the ways our fur-babies enhance our lives. This post brought tears to my eyes, as I watch the two interact together. Thank you.

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alyssa manno February 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Congratulations to Miley and Kevin, great job! i too welled up a bit, you should be VERY proud!!

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Mary Anne February 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Awwww, I had tears rolling down my face watching Miley! I saw you guys compete in Alpharetta last year when I brought my Boston, Bella, to watch! Way to go–all the hard work has paid off!

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Grace E. February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

That was so awesome! Congratulations Kevin and Miley! Thank you so much for sharing, I had tears in my eyes! ♥

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ryan February 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Miley and Kevin and Amanda Congrats. That was so exciting. So much work Wow.Im proud for all of you.

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Linsey February 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Congratulations, Kevin and Miley! (Amanda and Howie too!)

MACH is a HUGE accomplishment!

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Mary February 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

that was a lot of work and committment on both parties. Congrat’s to all of you, it was so cute. Mary

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Deborah Hallenbeck February 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Way to go Miley! I’m so proud of you. Good for you Kevin. I had never heard of this before. Awesome!

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Lisa February 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

What an accomplishment! As a fellow agility handler I know the hard work that went into those runs. Please pass along my congratulations to Kevin & Miley.

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Anita February 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Wow! Miley is so well trained! I just love all of your posts about your dogs– I wish I could have one of my own, but unfortunately, dogs and dorm rooms don’t really mix! :0)

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Jenniy February 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Congratulations! That is quite an achievement. That video had me tearing up towards the end. I am so glad that I found your blog!

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Catherine February 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

he must be so smart, the dog, not the husband. well, i guess he’s pretty smart, too. aren’t they amazing creatures? (the dog, i mean. well, again, maybe the husband ,too.) congrats, looks like so much fun.

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Lorraine February 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I had tears in my eyes watching your little dog race around the course and gaining such a wonderful achievement!!! Your husband must be extremely fit because your dog runs really fast. I tried agility with my dog and he is also really fast but I didn’t have enough control over him and sometimes in the middle of things he would just run off!!! Dogs are so much fun and you definitely have fun with your two dogs. Thanks for sharing.

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Lynn February 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Way to go Kevin and Miley!!! That was awesome to watch! I can’t imagine how much time and effort you must have put in to accomplish that amazing run!

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LCSmithSAVED February 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I just now read this – congrats – that is incredibly awesome for you all!

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Lori Register February 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Wow!! Great job Miley (and Kevin)…*sniff*sniff*….as I sit here with tears in my eyes!!

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Miranda February 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I smiled the whole way thru! I’m such a sap – I even teared up! She’s the sweetest thing and you husband definitely gets a workout! CONGRATULATIONS!!! :-)

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Rosemary February 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Aww! Congrats Miley (and Kevin, too!). Good work. I got a lump in my throat when all the applause happened, too!

I just love you blog, by the way. Your photography is beautiful – and when you photograph food – well, oh.my.goodness! I’m just about crawling into my monitor to try and get a bite….I love your travel shots – and your sunset shots – and all the other shots you share, too. I’m not all just about food! :)

And – of course when you share Miley & Howie shots with us – well, that’s just icing on the cake! (here I go again with the food!)

Thanks for sharing with us……

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mamajax February 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Congrats!! That is such a huge accomplishment for them both. You have every right to be a proud spouse and mom :) Thanks for sharing

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Kimberly Blaize February 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

That is so special!! So neat, glad I watched the video. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your blog you have the neatest things on it, and I look forward to seeing your post.

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Becky Burk February 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm

How fun! I just finished watching the video with my 2 year old who’d crazy about dogs! As a veterinarian I have to say that Miley’s the most lean Boston I think I’ve ever seen :) hahaha Good job mom!

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Aimee February 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

That is so cool! I used to think about getting our Dharma into agility – she loved jumping and running and would have had a blast – but then she blew a disc and had to have back surgery, poor girl. She’s gone now (too early), and I like to imagine that her idea of puppy Heaven is one big agility course.

Congratulations to your champs!!

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Nicole February 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm

VERY cool!

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Tracey C February 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Wonderful. Congrats. Looked like huge fun.

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Katherine Lee February 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Congratulations that is so awesome! I actually got tears in my eyes at the end.

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Steph and PB&J February 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

It’s so great to see Miley again!! What an amazing accomplishment for her and for Kevin too! The video made me cry! :) SOO proud of you guys!!! :)

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Shawna February 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Way to go Miley!!! And you, too, Kevin ;-)!!!! What a fabulous accomplishment!

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Alberta February 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm

That was awesome! Congratulation to the family.

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Kristi B February 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Great work. Thanks for sharing the video.

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Amanda H February 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Oh too cute! Go Miley and Kevin!!!

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