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The AKC Canine Partners program has its first recipient of the AKC Versatile Companion Dog title – which honors dogs that title in Obedience, Agility and Tracking.

Rodger Rowbinawitz VCD2 UD RAE AXP AJP NF NFP CA FDCH, owned by Sue & Jeff Kotlarek of Romulus, MI, achieved both the first two levels of the VCD program on Oct. 26, 2014, when he earned the AKC Tracking Dog (TD) tile.

Rodger not only holds upper level titles in AKC Obedience, Rally and Agility, as well as the TD, he also has titled in AKC Coursing Ability and NAFA Flyball!

Rodger was rescued from the Katrina floods and adopted by Sue and Jeff, who already shared life with their All-American Dog, Jasmine. Rodger is an Italian Greyhound mix, while Jasmine is a Staffie Bull mix.

”The most amazing thing about Rodger is when he was brought to our home by the rescue organization, he and Jazz bonded instantly and immediately began to play. He was not shy or intimidated by big sister Jazz. They are an inseparable pair,” Sue said. “Rodger is a big dog in a little dog’s body.”

Only one other All-American Dog has earned VCD honors so far. Congratulations to:

Whispering Winds Jigi VCD1 RA NJP NF THDX CGC owned by Bonnie &Charles Bird of Bellingham, WA.

The AKC Versatile Companion Dog titling program honors dogs that excel in Obedience, Tracking and Agility. To see more about the requirements and levels: