Australian cattle dog, Dagger (1988-2004) was an amazing trick dog who performed many times on TV. He was on America’s Funniest People, where he dusted and vacuumed a room, turned on a lamp and set a table while dressed as a French maid.
Dagger was one of the first agility dogs in the Midwestern U.S., and won the first (unsanctioned) Michigan state agility championship in 1990. His agility demos helped raise $11,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He even took the check on-stage by himself, shook hands with the host and presented him with the check.
While living n a third-floor apartment with Sharon during graduate school, Dagger’s signature trick was to hear Sharon coming up the stairs, unlock three door locks, open the door and meet her with his supper dish in his mouth.
In 1990, Sharon took Dagger to Costa Rica for a solo backpacking trip through Braulio Carillo National Park. Between 1992-1995, Sharon and Dagger spent a total of 14 months in Costa Rica and Brazil for Sharon’s primatology research. Dagger performed at schools and other venues in both countries.