Jerry Overcomes Severe Illness to Earn Top Rally Title at age 10
Jerry RAE BN GN owned by Emily Kocon of St. Paul, MN Jerry was adopted from a small shelter in Minnesota back in 2006. He is my first competitive performance dog and he has taught me patience, diligence and humility. I started taking him to obedience classes just to learn the basics. We both enjoyed […] | May 16, 2016
Kola Loves to Get the Bag!
Photo by Clark Kranz  Kola is a rescue terrier mix whose favorite thing in life is lure coursing – a sport that allows dogs to release their prey drive. Dogs chase a lure – white trash bags – tied to a pulley system that moves it jerkily around a field. Most dogs love to chase […] | May 12, 2016
Surrendered Pup Overcomes Fears to Earn Agility Championship
PACH Keno Ocb owned by Paula Maxwell of Harrisonburg, VA Paula was exiting her local shelter after an unsuccessful search for a new dog at the same time a man was entering with three puppies to surrender. She knew immediately that she wanted the smallest puppy that was “cuddly but fearful,” she said. “Right from […] | May 11, 2016
Barney Earns Top AKC Therapy Dog Honor for 400-Plus Visits
Barney THDD CGC owned by Leah Kochi of Orange, CA I adopted Barney from a local shelter in 2008 when he was about 1 year old. Barney completed basic and advanced obedience training in 2009 to earn his AKC Canine Good Citizen title. After becoming a registered pet therapy team in 2009, we started visiting […] | May 6, 2016
Given No Chance of Survival, Rescue Dobe Thrives & Becomes Sports Super Star
In 2002, I pulled a tiny, emaciated red female Doberman from a local shelter. She was just 13.5 weeks old, and had been in the shelter more than four weeks. Since I had a young male that was taking a lot of my time, I thought I would get her healthy, and find a great […] | May 5, 2016
Way to Go to the New All-American MACH Record Holders
Two mixed-breed dogs in the AKC Canine Partners program have now won nine of the top AKC Agility titles! They are: MACH9 Logan Lake Hope (pictured above) – owned by Kimberly Barton of Johnstown, OH MACH9 Samantha (pictured below when she won her 1st MACH) – owned by Don & Leah Eicher of Laurel, DE […] | May 4, 2016
Congratulations to a Versatile All-American Dog!
Harry of SharonDale VCD1 PCDX GN RE OAP OJP has become the fifth mixed-breed dog to earn the AKC’s prestigious Versatile Companion Dog (VCD) title. The program honors dogs who earn titles in three of the AKC Companion Events: Obedience, Agility and Tracking. From being found wandering down a country road in fall 2008 as […] | May 3, 2016
All-American Dog is First in Country to Earn Air Retrieve Excellent Honor
Rayne, a Belgian Malinois-Labrador mix, is the first dog in the country to earn the Air Retrieve Senior Excellent title from the North America Diving Dogs association (NADD). She achieved this “first” on April 15, 2016,  in Perry, GA, at a NADD competition held as part of the Peach Blossom Dog Show circuit. Air retrieve […] | April 29, 2016
Meet Gizmo the Wonderdoglet – Therapy Dog Extraordinaire
Adorable Gizmo’s motto is “Cuz we’re frens!” and that is precisely what he does – make friends around the country through his work as a therapy dog. Gizmo is a therapy dog with Paws For Friendship (PFF) Inc., and Jenifer says they "are grateful to share his love" at Eastern CT Health Network Hospitals, Manchester […] | April 28, 2016
Former Shelter Dog Overcomes Fears to Win Top Rally Title at Age 12
Jamie Ohman of Camillus, NY, tells us how her fearful rescue dog gained confidence and became the multi-titled Dancing Cavy’s Pain in the Butte RAE BN CA. Risa is my first dog.  I adopted her from a shelter when she was 2.5 years old, and I had dreams of competing with her in dog sports.  […] | April 27, 2016

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