Road to the AKC National Obedience Championship: Bounce

Bounce the Pomeranian had been in two homes by the time she turned one. She wasn’t housebroken, leash trained or socialized when her new owner Deb rescued her. Deb quickly realized, however, that the little Pom had many strengths, including a high drive, a good work ethic and brains.

Bounce started obedience training with Deb and within a year she had a good understanding of all the exercises through the Utility level. She began her show career on August 15, 2010, just 13 months after being rescued. By February 2011, she had already completed her Novice and Open titles and was ready for Utility.

After an injury setback, she obtained her Utility title in July 2012. Deb says, “This was my first Utility title after years of trying with my other dogs. Who would have thought this little throw away would make this dream a reality!”

Unfortunately, another hurdle was right around the corner. On September 24, 2012, a simple tooth extraction & cleaning turned into a long, arduous battle to survive. Shortly after the procedure, Bounce began regurgitating every meal and no one could figure out what was wrong. By summer 2013, she had lost 40% of her body weight.

After research and visiting numerous doctors, Bounce was re-diagnosed and put on new medications and diet. Her recovery has been slow, but she has gained back her weight, grown back all her hair, and regained her drive and desire to work.

“She is back in the ring and playing obedience with me again!" Deb says. "So you see, this invitation to the AKC National Obedience Championship has been nothing short of a miracle for this little Pom with a huge heart!”