My name is Tony Sulita and I’m a Type 1 Diabetic. I am married to the most amazing and supportive wife there could possibly be. I count my lucky stars each and everyday for the number of shenanigans she puts up with at any given time.
Since the age of 11, two things have been present in my life: Type 1 Diabetes & dogs. Whether I knew it or not, for nearly 25 years the disease was running my life. It affected my career choices because of my inability to carry my own insurance. The regiment of medications and cycles I was on was an ever present monkey on my back that was just wearing me down. With the support of my wife we made some changes in our eating habits, started CrossFit and made our health an even higher priority than it already was. I went away from what the ADA had recommended for dietary choice, managed to cut my insulin dosages by 50% and successfully run a sub 4 hour marathon all the while hearing a lot of the words “no”, “can’t” and “you shouldn’t” from people in my life. Oddly enough my blood work continues to come back normal, and the marathon didn’t kill me.
While all of these changes were happening, I came across some youtube videos of dogs running agility in Europe and I was absolutely floored at the speed and grace the dogs and handlers were exhibiting. This is something I wanted to do. I had no idea where to start, but I wanted to do it. I had 15+ years of experience teaching obedience classes and training dogs and this looked like it was so much more fun than working on heel patterns and sit stays. I know… let’s get a Border Collie… and the rest is history.
Agility has taken me half way across the country to get a puppy, given me new career opportunities and made friendships with people from all over the world. I now get to work with dogs and their owners on a daily basis. I get to train with some of the most talented handlers in the states. I am able to combine my love of functional fitness and dog training to participate in a sport that is nothing short of amazing. My dreams have returned and no longer is my life run by my T1D.