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Grand-View My Retirement Plan BN RAE2 TD CGCA CGCU TKI & Trish Simon of Borden, IN

Trish’s neighbor found then 3-month-old Zoey and her littermate running with a young Beagle through a field in December 2008. “On her way home, my neighbor saw me and stopped.  ‘Hey Trish, look what I found.’ The Beagle was very happy. Then I looked at the little shy wire-coated puppy, and when she looked at me, I knew she would be mine.”

Zoey was not in good shape and also had many fears. “It took a lot of socializing along with tracking and rally training to make her comfortable in public. I didn’t track her a lot but she is a natural and loves it,” Trish said.

Trish is a dog trainer who started training in 1982 and has been competing in tracking and obedience since 1988. When tracking opened to the AKC Canine Partners program on Jan. 1, 2014, Trish and Zoey were ready. Zoey certified in early February 2014, and a week later she made the draw for the Lexington (KY) Kennel Club’s tracking test. On Feb. 14, 2014, she easily qualified, becoming the first mixed-breed dog to earn a TD.

“Zoey’s track was 465 yards and five turns. She ran it in four minutes. What a great day!”