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RACH Morgan Of Morris CD PCD BN RM2 RAE2 CA BCAT CGCA CGCU TKA FITS owned by Katie Horzmann of Opelika, AL

Morgan was adopted at 2 years of age, by Katie, from the Cherokee County, GA Animal Shelter in November of 2020. Katie’s initial plan was that Morgan would be a scruffy couch companion and jogging buddy. She enrolled in local obedience classes to refresh training techniques and help build a bond. It became apparent that Morgan loved to learn, and the team went on to take a Canine Good Citizen class, a Trick Dog class, and a Rally class all in quick succession.

Katie had never competed in dog sports. “I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between Conformation and Obedience, and certainly had never heard of Rally,” she said.

Morgan “has been a fantastic Novice A dog” and the team competed in Rally for the first time in August of 2021, quickly earning Rally Novice and Intermediate titles. In spring of 2022, the local training facility lost its building so Morgan and Katie kept working at home to learn the upper-level skills needed for Advanced, Excellent, and Masters. On their RACH journey, the team mainly trialed in Georgia and Alabama, competing the most at the Atlanta Obedience Club and the Montgomery Alabama Dog Obedience Club. Morgan also earned higher titles in CGC, Trick Dog, and earned up to Novice in Obedience. She has participated in Fast CAT and begun classes in Agility. And Morgan excels at being a snuggle buddy and jogging and hiking partner, the original goals Katie had in mind for her.

Although initially Katie thought earning the RACH title to be out of reach for a novice handler, Morgan proved her wrong and earned her RACH at the Atlanta Obedience Club on February 17, 2024, in Norcross, GA with a perfect score of 100 in the Masters class.