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MACH8 PACH Prince Doggie MXG2 MJC2 MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX NF T2B & Tacarra Andrade of Novi, MI

 Tacarra had never heard of agility and did not know that much about dogs. But she knew she had her hands full with what she calls the “best birthday present” ever – an adorable ball of white fluff that she named Prince Doggie. Her boyfriend surprised her with the Bichon mix for her 24th birthday – the first dog she had ever owned.

Doing more with Prince than spoiling him never occurred to her until she saw an agility trial on television.

“With an over-abundance of energy as a young dog, Prince would get the zoomies and then make up mini-obstacle courses of his own around the house… One day, I was watching TV and came across an agility competition. After watching for a few seconds, I immediately knew that Prince Doggie would be a natural at agility and hoped that it would provide a safe outlet for his energy.”

She was right – Prince was a natural for agility and so was she.

Prince became the first All American Dog to earn the AKC Master Agility Championship (MACH) on Feb. 20, 2011, just 10 months after AKC Canine Partners started. Until his retirement, he was the most MACH titled mixed breed with eight championships, as well as the first to earn many lifetime achievement awards. He made the finals of the AKC Agility Invitational in 2012 and he won the 4-inch challengers round at the 2016 NAC and then placed second in the finals.

“At 14 years young, I feel amazingly blessed to still have Prince with me in great health and really enjoying life together.”