Love the picture of Minnie running! I have a miniature poodle and am working with her in agility and want to get an out going toy for my next agility poodle in a few years. Do you have any videos as I'd love to see Minnie in action!! Where did you get her from? I saw that you mentioned Minnie had trouble lifting the canvas chute and as someone else suggested the side or seam seems easier for most really tiny dogs. In my dogs class there is a 2.5 lb yorkie and when she goes through the chute it looks like a mouse in a snakes body. She always goes along the seam. You can just hold the seam open a tiny bit to encourage her to run along the edge. Enjoyed reading your posts and would love to know where you got your agility toy as most toy poodles are too timid to do agility and I love seeing a crazy little toy that loves to run with lots of speed and looks like they are having a blast. Thanks for your posts!