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CT Lassie Spirit of The Canyon TKI owned by Lynn Wilson of San Diego CA

When little 12-pound Lassie was rescued, she didn’t even know how to walk on a leash. In fact, when the collar and leash were first put on her, she froze and wouldn’t even take a step. By letting her take the lead with treats as encouragement, she quickly learned that the leash meant going on walks. Soon she had an over-the-top enthusiasm for the leash (like jumping straight up about a foot in the air). This seemed like a good indication that she might like tracking.

During their first tracking lesson, the coach commented, “I think Lassie will be good at this.” By the fourth or fifth lesson, she told Lynn that Lassie’s work ethic is amazing and that she had dogs that had been tracking for two years that weren’t doing what Lassie was doing. Her work ethic is still going strong, and on July 5, 2020 she earned her VST and became a Champion Tracker.


“Lassie did a beautiful job on her VST – tracking in somewhat warm weather but working the entire time with no inclination to stop or take a break,” Lynn said. She was competing in the event sponsored by the German Shepherd Dog Club of San Diego and since there were no GSDs competing, a representative from the club decided tiny Lassie could be the “honorary GSD” and her success was posted on the club’s Facebook page. “Lassie is a joy to work with and a joy as a companion. I couldn’t imagine life without her. The San Diego tracking community celebrated Lassie’s titles along with us and we are so grateful for this community and to the GSD club for allowing the talented and deserving All American Dogs into their trial.”