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My name is Gary Shipley and when I started training my first agility dog back in 1999 I discovered that agility equipment was very expensive, so I made my own.  I have always been quite handy and have over 32 years experience in the Engineering and Construction fields.  My experience covers all the major construction trades including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, doors and windows, welding, fencing, excavation and grading, etc.  Over the years I have built a lot of agility equipment for close friends in my spare time while I continued to work a full time job.

 

After semi-retiring from the corporate world in late 2007, I opened Circle S Agility to keep myself busy and as a way to stay out of the little woman's hair.  Circle S allows me to spend more time doing what I love most, fixing and building things.  I now build custom dog agility equipment and provide local handyman and home repair services, and still do a little consulting in the Engineering field if the project sounds fun.  My goal for Circle S Agility is to provide top quality products at reasonable prices, and to cater to the entire agility community whether you are a world team competitor or someone who just likes to have fun with your pet in your own backyard.

 

Every piece of equipment that comes out of my shop is made entirely by hand and by me.  I do not have any employees nor do I intend to ever have any employees.  Nobody but me can build things to my strict standards, and relying on others to do things my way would ultimately compromise those standards.  Because of that I am routinely backlogged with orders 2-3 months out, but when you place an order and I give you a delivery date, you can be sure that you will get it by that date or sooner.  I use only top quality materials and do all the estimating, material procurement, fabricating, painting, and assembly myself, as well as book keeping, answering phones, website maintenance, etc.  The only piece of the process I don't do is the powder coating, and I have a great guy who does that for me. 

 

Lastly, I am sad to say that the beautiful Aussie in my logo, Wiley Coyote Dog, passed away on Feb 7, 2011.  Wiley was my first agility dog and together we learned this wonderful sport.  He loved to run and if physically able he would have still been competing up to the day he left us, running fast and often beating the Border Collies.  When I think back on all the memories, good, bad, or indifferent, I still get teary eyed.  Wiley was truly a one of a kind dog and I feel blessed that I was able to own and train him. 

 

    

 

Wiley left some very big paw prints to fill, but my little girl Tigger is doing her darndest to fill them.  Tigger is also a special dog and a blessing to own and train.  And she is even faster than her mentor Wiley so she too is beating the Border Collies regularly.  Tigger had her first (and probably only) litter on Christmas Day 2012 and I kept her one and only daughter, Gidget.  Gidget has started trialing now and is turning out to be even faster than her mom so this should be a fun ride.   

 

    

Photo courtesy of K. DeLong Photography

Photo courtesy of K. DeLong Photography

Photo courtesy of Tien Tran Photography

     

Photo courtesy of Barry Rosen Photography

Photo courtesy of Barry Rosen Photography

Photo courtesy of Barry Rosen Photography