Twixie, the agility dog
When Twixie Marooroo is out of the ring, she loves to sit in her backyard and chase squirrels. She enjoys walks and meeting up with her fellow Brussels griffons. Twixie recently celebrated her wedding to dog model Cowboy the Griff.
During the pandemic, owner Tara Helwig signed Twixie up for agility classes.
“I kind of started it just for fun because she loves jumping and likes being active. And I was like, ‘Oh, well, maybe we can do agility,’” Helwig says.
Agility competitions consist of a series of obstacles that include jumps, tunnel runs and teeters.
Twixie and Helwig, now an Instagram-famous duo, began training classes once a week, then twice a week. Soon practices started taking place at home.
Twixie and Helwig entered their first competition in August 2021.
Dog competitions usually seen on TV consist of bigger dogs, but Tara wasn’t discouraged from competing. Instead, the competition motivated her to keep going.
“I feel like people think, ‘Oh, I have a little dog, and I can’t do that.’ But that’s not true. They love it just as much as the big dogs,” Helwig says. “Any breed or size dog can do it.”
The goal is eventually to compete in a televised agility competition.
“It’s something fun and unique to do with your little buddy, your best friend,” Helwig says.