“There are no endings. If you think so you are deceived as to their nature. They are all beginnings. Here is one.”  ― Hilary MantelBring Up the Bodies

I am sad to announce that as of May 31, 2016, Wiggles-n-Wags will be permanently closing.

I love this business and am very proud of it.  The group of like-minded trainers who make up the staff of WnW (both current and past) has created a truly special place for dogs and their humans. Unfortunately, the reality is that financially the business model doesn't work, and the strain of it has become overwhelming.  After working hard, and wishing even harder to turn it around for quite awhile, I finally understand that it isn't going to happen.  I have to take steps to stop the financial bleeding.  

I want to personally thank you all for supporting Wiggles-n-Wags over the last 9 years. I will miss the challenges, successes, and especially the people who've made this business so very special.   

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” Lao Tzu

New Beginnings...

As they say, a door closes and another one opens....as of June 1st, I will be working at For Your K9 in Melrose Park managing the Agility program. I am happy that I will be doing a lot of what I love (teaching) as well as being challenged to learn new things that will come with the job.  

I would encourage you to look at FYK9 for your dog training needs (especially agility!!). It is a bigger space with a lot of classes, seminars, and workshops. 

A bit of history of the beginning of WnW....

The Wiggles:
The drawing of the dog in the header of this newsletter is the "Wiggles" part of Wiggles-n-Wags.  Abby was our first "wiggle-butt" Aussie.  In the few incredibly intense months after rescuing him from Oak Park Animal Care League, we realized he needed a job. He was nuts...I mean...NUTS!   We decided to try this "agility thing".   After the first couple of classes, I was completely hooked.  Here is one of my favorite photos of him at a trial:


He's been gone for 2 1/2 years.  I still miss him terribly.

The Wags: 
Bounce was the sweet and incredibly fast border collie who owned Deb Richey (Auer). Deb was my agility instructor early on in my agility 'career".  When she had certain points to make about our handling, she'd have us run Bounce.  He was fast, fun...and very educational.  ;o)

Deb and I started Wiggles-and-Wags around the turn of the century (boy, do I feel old,and I don't remember exactly the year).  The original intent was to offer Saturday classes.  

You could not find agility classes on Saturdays because serious agility people (who were the ones who taught classes) went to agility trials most weekends.  We went to trials too, but not every weekend.  In a conversation at a trial at the now defunct Smack Dab's facility in Warrenville, we decided that agility classes on Saturdays would be a great thing to do to introduce agility to more people...So Wiggles-n-Wags was born. Deb decided after a year (two?) that she needed to move to Springfield to be with her then beau, now husband, Dave.  I was extremely sad, but decided to continue the business anyway.

I could not find the ink drawing of Bounce that I did to match the one of Abby.  Here is Bounce who left us in March of 2015.

The 'Wiggles' and the 'Wags' ink drawings were part of the original logo for WnW.

This has certainly been a ride. As I've often said to my students, when you start taking agility classes you don't know whether or not you will ever go to a trial...I distinctly remember saying I would never.....well, you just never know....

Much love to you all...


If you need to contact, please email: Susan@wiggles-n-wags.com


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