Puppy Rescued From Horrible Abuse Has Grown Into A National Champion Athlete

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Riley the Border Collie may be a national champion now, but she went through hell before getting to where she is today.

Riley was born to a family that couldn’t take care of her any longer, so they sold her on Craigslist when she was just a few weeks old. The person in Minnesota who bought her, wound up abusing her. If she continued living with that woman, she probably wouldn’t be alive today.

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Thankfully, a rescue agency was able to save Riley and told Mark Faragoi, a dog trainer, about the situation. Faragoi agreed to adopt Riley, who was just ten weeks old at the time.

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Since then, Faragoi has worked with Riley, training her to become a champion. Today, she is one! Since she was one-year-old, Riley has qualified for the world championships every year, and has won the Incredible Dog Challenge in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also a winner at the recent Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge.

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Riley has an abusive past, but her present and future are filled with nothing but love. She definitely fell into the right lap with Farrago.

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“She was looking for a home that needed someone to spend time with her and work with her and bring her from nothing to something, and I was looking for a dog without me even knowing it,” Faragoi told AOL.com.

Watch more of their story, and see Riley doing her awesome tricks in the video below:

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.