CARSON CITY, NV - India is a 2 year-old Belgian Malinois. In May she took 2nd and earned high scoring female at the Mondioring National Championships, earning her a spot at the world cup in Italy this October. Her owner and handler, Michon Mills, says she never intended for India to be a competition dog.
"She was pretty much just going to be my pet and do some mild obedience training, and she's ended up being a champion everywhere," she says.
India will join 5 other dogs representing the U.S. and is only one of two from the west coast.
"Being able to represent the United States in Italy for the Mondioring World Cup is absolutely unimaginable," says Mills.
Mondioring involves a combination of different exercises in the areas of obedience, agility and protection. This can range from refusal of food, to retrieving and jumping over hurdles. Another element of Mondioring includes scenarios where the dog is tasked with protecting its handler from a potential threat or attacker. The scenarios and props used in competition can change each time, so the handler and their dog have to be flexible.
"There are lots of distractions in Mondioring. No trial field is ever the same," says Mills.
India is also nationally ranked in dock diving. She recently competed at a western regional competition where she beat out 9 other dogs with a jump of 31'10", which Mills says is just 5 inches shy of the world record. Before she heads to Italy, India will compete in the Purina Incredible Dog National Championships.