Öcho, my little Swedish Vallhund, competes in the dog sport of Agility, trained and handled by 11-year-old Ava (my neighbor). Although he has no breed papers, Öcho has an AKC Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL). As trainer/handler, Ava notices every detail about Öcho. Ava had concerns about Öcho's weight and some marks on his lips. The Vet, the Vet Techs, and the receptionist had the greatest respect, patience, and thorough explanations for Ava. She left the clinic feeling very proud and important. This is good because we have some very challenging Agility trials coming up and some titles to earn on little Öcho; and confidence is one of the keys to success.