We have some big news to report about All-Americans succeeding at earning the top titles in Agility, Coursing Ability, Rally, Obedience, Scent Work, Tracking and Trick Dog. Big congrats to the first All-American to earn the Scent Work Masters title and the seventh All-American to earn the Obedience Trial Championship!
Master Agility Championships (MACH)
Multiple Master Agility Champions
Congratulations to these dogs who have earned more MACHs:
- AGCH MACH16 Feel the Need MXB5 PDS MJG5 PJS MFG2 TQX T2B12 CGC owned by Janet K. Boggs of Crawfordsville, IN
- MACH8 Olive Hawkins MXG2 PAD MJB3 PJD MXF TQX T2B6 CGC TKI owned by Stefanie and Craig Hawkins of Florence, KY
- MACH5 Camp David’s On the Verge of Greatness MXG2 MJC2 MFS TQX T2B2 CGC TKA owned by Rachel Billick of Tarentum, PA
- MACH5 Olszewski’s Buffy MXG2 MJS2 NAP NJP OF NFP owned by Sandra Olszewski of Freeland, MD
- MACH4 Jeter Morris MXC MJC MXP MJP2 OF NFP T2B TKI owned by Kaela Morris of Thousand Oaks, CA
- MACH4 Zoe Mia Vogel MXB2 MJB2 OF T2B2 owned by Kathleen Rose Vogel of Bay City, MI
- MACH3 Tui’s Buddy MXG MJG MFB TQX T2B4 owned by Alan and Barbara Wilkinson of McKinleyville, CA
- MACH3 Mignonne MXG PAD MJB2 PJD XF T2B TKA owned by Robin Foret of Spring, TX
- MACH3 Tuckman Of San Francisco MXG PDS MJC PJS MFS TQX T2B5 owned by Larry Rich of San Francisco, CA
- MACH3 Amarillo MXC MJC MFS TQX T2B2 owned by Belinda Rodriguez of Pearland, TX
- MACH3 Trots for Treats MXC MJC MXF TQX T2B owned by Kristin Dujardin of Fishkill, NY
- MACH3 Ozlo Of Ashbury MXS2 MJS2 NF owned by Kenneth and Patricia McNerney of Washington Township, OH
- MACH3 Giddy Up N Go Dallas MXC PAD MJB2 MFB TQX T2B2 DS owned by Dianne Gabel of Lewisberry, PA
- MACH2 The Terra Mist Grazianna MXG MJG MFG TQX owned by Mark Ostrich of New Orleans, LA
- MACH2 Alexander’s Pick of The Litter MXS MJS T2B owned by Anne Alexander of Dallas, TX
- MACH2 Flying Seamus MXS PAD MJS XF T2B2 owned by Becky and Stephen Stanczyk of Graham, WA
- MACH2 Bleu’s Precious Sassy MXS MJS PJD CGC TKN owned by Anne Forsberg-Mosner of Chesterfield, NJ
- MACH2 Sullivan’s Remy MXG MJG CGC owned by Robert and Kit Sullivan of Richmond, VA
- MACH2 Sadie Rosenberger MXS MJG XF T2B CGC TKN owned by Viveka Rosenberger of Vestavia, AL
- MACH2 Molly Mae VIII MXB MJS XF T2B owned by Steve M. Brands of Wentzville, MO
- MACH2 Resq’s Dopamine Rush BN RN MXS MJG PJD MFB TQX T2B2 SBN ONYX CGCA TKN owned by Rosemary Strasser and Miguel Ordorica of Omaha,NE
- MACH 2 Nostroveya’s Gemma MXG MJG MXF T2B3 owned by Sharen Hyde of Crystal River, FL
Congratulations to these new first-time MACHs:
MACH Love Gun MXB MJS XF T2B2 owned by Karen and Nicolas Itin of Vineyard, UT
Pistol, a cattle dog/Aussie mix, was born January 16, 2012, in Ponder, TX.He was fired from his first job as a farm dog for eating the chickens.At 9 months old he found himself unemployed and in need of a new home, so Karen took him in.“He still needed something productive to do (other than eating my shoes and drywall),” said Karen,“so I enrolled him in agility classes with the Waco Agility Group (WAG) in Waco, TX.” There they learned the basics of agility before the Air Force took them to Omaha, NE where they joined the Go Dogs! agility club.This is where the pair honed their skills and started competing. “There was about a year of disastrous, yet entertaining Novice runs before we hit our stride,” said Karen.
After a few years in Nebraska, a job opportunity took them to Vineyard, UT, where they live today.“One of my first priorities when we moved was to find a new agility club, and so we joined Salty Dogz Agility Club of Utah.”In their first year competing in Utah they qualified for and competed in the Reno NAC.The next year (on February 23, 2019) Pistol earned his MACHat the Salty Dogz Agility Club of Utah trial.
Unfortunately, at the trial after that,Pistol injured his back. After extensive diagnostic work and physical therapy, he is sound and healthy, but he is retired from agility to prevent re-injuring his spine.Pistol likes to spend his time napping, giving hugs, playing with his jolly ball, getting hair on every conceivable surface of the house, barking, and updating his Instagram (@pittledog).
MACH Heverling’s Danny MXB MJS MXF T2B2 owned by Karen Chilutti and Jeffrey Heverling of Naples, FL
Danny was badly abused in his first life. Tink Bechtol, founder of Brooke’s Legacy Animal Rescue, found him in the back room at Miami Dade Animal Services. She saw something no one else saw and pulled him out on his last day. Karen and Jeffrey adopted him on July 2, 2009, after falling in love with his rescue photo. “There is no doubt he was supposed to be ours,” said Karen. “The day we took him home we promised him a forever home with us, and we committed to help him become the best Danny possible.”
After about six months, everything got very dark for Danny. In June of 2010, at the recommendation of a behavior specialist, Danny started agility training. “He loved it from the start. It took several years to work through the worst of his past (he probably had PTSD),” said Karen.“There was a lot of crazy zooming around the ring, but he gradually started to focus a little.”They continued with agility because he was so happy in the ring, especially when he could run in one of his beloved tunnels. “He might have the AKC record for most consecutive NQ’s.” Danny’s first AKC Q was Novice Standard on March 31, 2012.
There were many little victories with Danny; most of which did not involve ribbons and Q’s. He became comfortable and confident in the trial setting, he started to focus and listen, and through agility had the opportunity to continue building his relationship with his best pal Jeff. “We could probably write a book about all of our adventures,” said Karen.“We set a goal of MACH. We wanted to do it for Brooke’s Legacy, so they could have an AKC champion. A lot of people encouraged us, but there were also a lot who thought we were crazy. We were known for our ‘Believe’ shirts that we wore to most trials.”
Danny and Jeff were on the road to MACH in 2017 before Jeff was sidelined by a surgery and several injuries. It was a year before they were ready to compete again.For this team, the relationship was everything, and they needed to re-connect. 2019 began with 18 QQ’s. On March 30, 2019 Danny earned his MACH in Palmetto, FL at the Dog Training Club of Tampa trial.
“Danny’s MACH was dedicated to all of the dogs waiting in the back rooms of high kill sheltersfor someone to give them a second chance. We gave out inspirational magnets at Danny’s MACH celebration – ‘Believe and Never Give Up.’”
“We are very grateful that AKC provides opportunities for All American Dogs like Danny through the Canine Partners program. For Danny, it has been a lifesaver. Danny’s colors have always been red, white and blue, perfect for our little All American.”
Photo Credit: Joanne Bridges, Furry Fotography.
MACH Stricklers Hey Mama Rock Me MXB MJS SWN SCE SIA SEA owned by Kaydi Grunhovd of Euclid, MN
Newman is a 5-year-old rescue Boston Terrier/Chihuahua cross, who was surrendered because of his high energy level. He came into Kaydi’s life at only 5 months old as a foster and fit right in with her active household.
“He is little, but feisty and took to dog sports and tricks very quickly,” said Kaydi. “It took him a while to get over his ring nerves and desire to visit judges on course. He still occasionally makes up his own course, but I love his enthusiasm and he always has a smile on his face when he’s running agility.”Newman earned his MACH on April 5, 2019 at the Twin Cities Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.
He also excels at scent work. “He’s a fast, hard worker and freezes on odor. ”He earned his Master Containers, Exterior & Interior titles on June 16 at the Grand Forks Dog Training Club scent work trial.
One of Newman’s quirks is his habit of constantly retrieving anything he finds of interest. “I turn around and he’s holding a shoe, lettuce dropped on the floor, headphones – anything that seems out of place or not where it belongs, he will bring to us. I have lots of photos of him holding things.”
MACH Lola Pretty in Pink CD MXS MJB OF owned by Jane Datz of Rochester, NY
Lola is Jane’s third agility dog and her second MACH. Her first two agility dogs were Kerry Blue Terriers. She got Lola when a Shih Tzu left with her roommate, and her senior Kerry, Jessie, got depressed. Lola was 7 months old and she immediately took up the cause of taking care of Jessie.
They also started to run agility together. Lola loves it and they finished their MACH on April 20, 2019, at Western Lakes Training Club trial. “We are now working on our MACH2. My husband and I love the mixed breeds as well as the pure-breds. They all add so much joy to our lives,” said Jane.
MACH Los Rios’ Gut Feeling MXB MJB NF T2B owned by Elizabeth Randall of Oceanside, CA
Phineas was adopted by Liz at 11 weeks, and even though his origins were completely unknown, he showed very early on his intelligence, physical power and drive to work. Liz and Phin have traveled all over the country together competing in various national events, including both NAC and Westminster, and he also is Liz’s head “training assistant” with her behavior clientele and with her agility students.
“He has a huge local following at trials, his presence is large, and people love watching him give the Border Collies a run for their money,” said Liz. “He adores his three canine ‘siblings’ at home, and next to agility, his favorite activity is exploring the trails of San Diego County with the rest of his pack. He is a true ambassador for mixed breed dogs in the sport of agility.”
Phineas and Elizabeth earned their MACH on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Southern California Portuguese Water Dog Club trial.
Photo credit: Mia Grant
MACH Sada MXS MJS owned by Lynn Lesniak of Vernon, CT
Sada was about 2 years old when she arrived at the Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield, MA, in April 2013 after being rescued from a hoarder situation in Ohio. Lynn found her in May 2013, and it was “love at first sight.” Within an hour and a half of meeting, Lynn knew she was not going home that day without Sada.
After spending the first year getting to know each other and learning basic skills, Lynn and Sada began agility classes so that they both could gain confidence. “Sada is my first agility dog and when I began taking classes with her, I never imagined that one day we would compete. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and knew very little about the sport of agility.”With the help of a wonderful (and patient) agility coach, it wasn’t long until they entered their first agility competition. “When I first started competing in Novice, I would watch the Excellent/Master class and never believe we would get to that level. Now, to be competing among so many great exhibitors is truly an honor.”
“Agility has helped transform a shy, scared Border Collie into a confident, energetic one who cannot wait for the next competition. It has helped me grow as a person, and no words can describe the bond that has formed between us. I am so blessed to have Sada as a partner. She has taught me so much about patience, forgiveness, trust, and unconditional love. If a dog that started out life the way she did can learn to love and trust again, just imagine what a wonderful world we would live in if humans could do the same.”
Lynn and Sada earned the MACH on May 5, 2019, in Tolland, CT at a trial hosted by Talcott Mountain Agility Club.
MACH Jack Morris MXB MJB OF T2B CGC TKN owned by Sandra Morris of Reston, VA
Jack is a Bichon/Poodle mix adopted from the Bichon Frise Club of America Trust. “We discovered agility thanks to an obedience instructor who gently suggested that due to his energy and inability to sit still, he was more suited to agility rather than obedience,” said Sandra. “Thankfully, she was right – agility is such a great activity for rescue dogs, as it gives them confidence and builds an amazing bond between the dog and the handler.”
Sandra and Jack started competing as they wanted to participate at the Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility Championship (Jack made the finals in 2018.) “He’s 11 years young and has always been in the top five fastest 8″ All-Americans in the Breed Power 10 since he started competing. His joy when running agility is infectious, and I feel fortunate every time I walk up to the start jump with him.”
Jack earned his MACH on May 10, 2019 at the Shenandoah Valley Kennel Club trial.
MACH Sachiko Lawn Dart MXB MJB OF T2B2 owned by Krisanne Crosby of North Chesterfield, VA
Sachi was about 2 years old when Krisanne adopted her from the Prince George Animal Shelter in Virginia. She had been turned in with littermates who had been kept together in a building. She had whipworms, heartworms, and was very fat. Krisanne asked her agility friend, who had heard about this group of dogs and had taken her to see Sachi, whether she thought she could ever do agility with her. Her friend answered, “I think there is a lawn dart in there,” and she was proven to be right.
Sachi and Krisanne earned their MACH on May 11, 2019, at the Belroi Agility Club trialin Mechanicsville, VA.
Congratulations also to these first-time MACHs:
- MACH Marlo II BN MXB MJS XF T2B owned by Virginia Besthoff of New Orleans, LA
- MACH Ann E Houston CD BN RE MXS MJB T2B TKI owned by Te Houstonof Independence, OR
- MACH Slo-Mo MXB MJB owned by Kristen Hogan and James Davis of Charlotte, NC
- MACH Penny III MXB MJB OF owned by Jill Thorpe of Tucson, AZ
- MACH Sada MXS MJS owned by Lynn Lesniak of Vernon, CT
- MACH Teddy CDX PCDX MXB MJB OF T2B owned by Alan and Mary Vogel of West Fargo, ND
- MACH Zoey Woofta Crow MXB MJB XF DCAT TKN owned by Anjie Crow of Hermitage, TN
- MACH Hannah R-112112 MXB MJS PJD XF T2B CGC owned by Melanie and Jason Bilicki of Prosper, TX
Preferred Agility Championships (PACH)
Congratulations to these dogs who have earned more PACHs:
- PACH2 Angela’s Stella Bella CD RN FDC AX AXJ MXP10 MXPC MJP10 MJPC PAX3 OF MFP T2BP owned by Angela R. Hudson of Lindale, TX
- MACH PACH2 Jaxs III MXS MJS MXP5 MXPS MJP6 MJPS PAX2 MXF TQX MFPB TQXP CGC TKN owned by Elaine Ann Rinicker of Lutz, FL
- PACH2 Marcie Newport Thomas RN FDC MXP6 MXPS MJP8 MJPG PAX2 MFPB TQXP T2BP3 SCN SBN THDN CGCA TKA owned by Jennifer Thomas of Sheridan, AR
- PACH2 2fs Fisher Dog MXP6 MXPS MJP8 MJPG PAX2 T2BP SCA SBN SHDN TKI owned by Julie and Nathan Free of Inola, OK
- PACH2 Audrey R. Bean AX MXJ MXP6 MXPS MJP7 MJPS PAX2 OF MFP TQXP T2BP2 CGC TKN owned by Lynda Folwick of Marlboro, MD
- MACH5 PACH2 Zinfandel Hackman MXB2 MJS2 MXP5 MXPS MJP5 MJPS PAX2 XF T2B6owned by Betsy and Gene Hackman of Santa Fe, NM
- PACH2 Qi AX AXJ MXP6 MXPS MJP9 MJPG PAX2 NF OFP T2BP owned by Wanda Day of Tucson, AZ
- MACH10 PACH3 SAMANTHA MXS3 MJC3 MXPS MJP8 MJPG PAX3 FTC1 MFC TQX T2B6 TKN owned by Donald and Leah Eicher of Laurel, DE
- PACH3 The Mighty Quinlan CD RE AX AXJ MXP9 MXPG MJP10 MJPC PAX3 NF OFP TKN owned by Chris and David Hodges of Wichita Falls, TX
- PACH3 Smiley Riley MXP8 MXPG MJP11 MJPC PAX3 owned by Paula Kotowski of Santa Barbara, CA
- MACH11 PACH5 Cabonina La Saltadora MXC3 MJC3 MXPC MJPC PAX5 TKA owned by Jason and Melissa Meier of Germantown, WI
- MACH2 PACH4 Boots II FDC MXS MJS MXP9 MXPG MJP10 MJPC PAX4 T2BP RATCHX CGC TKN owned by Bari and Scott Boersma of Winchester, CA
- PACH5 Elk Run Bella MXP19 MXPG2 MJP24 MJPB3 PAX5 OFP T2BP3 BCAT owned by Marcella Smith of Bridgewater, VA
- PACH8 Crosby’s Quinn MXP20 MXPC2 MJP26 MJPS3 PAX8 MFP T2BP5 owned by Krisanne Crosby of North Chesterfield, VA
Congratulations to these first-time PACH recipients:
PACH Harlequin Cohee OA NAJ MXP3 MXPB MJP5 MJPS PAX OFP T2BP2 owned by Kim Cohee of Sandy, UT
Harley (Harlequin) is a re-homed All American Dog who has been with Kim for almost nine years. She is now 12 years old and has been competing in agility for about six years. In addition to her PACH, Harley qualified for the AKC National Agility Championship this year. “We were excited to go to Tulsa but were unable to at the last minute due to a family emergency. Harley also competes in scent work, loves swimming, and has her Novice Trick Title,” said Kim.
PACH Culbertsons’ Dog MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX owned by Patricia and Ron Culbertson of Lake Arrowhead, CA
Patches is a pup from an abandoned mother (cattle dog). Her father was a neighbor’s Border Collie. She started agility training in February 2015 and began competing in AKC events in 2018. She earned her PACH on March 23, 2019, in Hidden Valley, CA at the San Diego Rhodesian Ridgeback Club trial.
MACH PACH Berckmans’ Tiger MXG MJS MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX XF MFP CGC owned by Shirley Berckmans of Miami, FL
Shirley adopted Tiger in November 2010. He had been found on the street with a broken femur, and the rescuer was not able to keep him. A quote from the original email Shirley received about him: “He was beat up, ratty, had burs all over his face, and obviously had a broken leg.” Tiger ow has a metal plate in his leg to mend the broken bone. “I fell in love with him from the photo showing him so sad and desperately needing a home,” said Shirley. “He is a Miniature Poodle, Miniature Pinscher and terrier mix. Since he is such a fighter, he was named Tiger. After he healed, I thought I’d try to see if he could join my other dog in agility, and he took to it with great enthusiasm.”
Tiger now enjoys life with his companions in South Florida and competes every month. He earned his MACH on June 24, 2018, at the Calusa Dog Agility Club, and his PACH on April 7, 2019 at the Obedience Training Club of Palm Beach County trial.
PACH Sophie Page AX AXJ MXP4 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX NF OFP OWNED BY Janet Page of Memphis, TN
Sophie was adopted from Memphis Animal Services in Spring 2013, when she was about a year old. “She was very cute and friendly (as she still is), but completely untrained,” said Janet. “We began with some obedience, and started agility about year later, because she really needed a job and that looked like fun.”They competed in their first trial in October 2015. Sophie earned her PACH at the BARK (Brandon Agility Running K9s) trial in Brandon, MS, on April 28, 2019.
MACH PACH Pretty Red MXS MJS MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX MFB MFPB T2B2 T2BP owned by Bernice Tatum and Patricia Hester of Albuquerque, NM
Bernice and Patricia found “Red”running free in the farm country of Idaho in July 2011.She was about four to five weeks pregnant. “She has become my companion and family member to Pat, our two dogs, and two cats.She loves babies, young kids, small dogs and puppies.She also has made many human friends, particularly at AKC agility trials,” said Bernice.
She earned the PACH on April 12, 2019 at the Upper Snake River Valley Dog Training Club Trial in Ririe, Idaho.
“Red was a young agility dog just starting in the Open cat the Pocatello Kennel Trial in Blackfoot, Idaho.During a set of weave poles, she ran hard head-first into the 8th pole.Almost every time since at the 8th pole, she howls like a hound in a victory celebration. Red loves agility. I am very proud to be her partner and share her joy of running agility.”
Photo credit: Randy Gaines
Congratulations also to these All-American Dogs who have earned their PACH:
- MACH3 PACH Andretti Spaghetti MXG MJC MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX OF T2B CGC TKA owned by Inez Pennington and Don Erickson of Raytown, MO
- AGCH MACH11 PACH Lanakila Doin It by Example MXG3 PDS MJC3 PJS MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX MFG TQX T2B8 owned by Caroline A. King of Sanger, TX
COURSING ABILITY TESTS
Congratulationsto this dog for earning a second CAX title:
- Woodacre’s Lucky Dragon CD BN RN CAX2 BCAT owned by Jackie Phillips of San Leandro, CA
Coursing Ability Excellent – Congratulations to this dog for earning her first CAX for passing the CAT test 25 times:
- Twiggy Long Legs CAX owned by Kelley Ferguson of Bradenton, FL
Congratulations to these FCAT title earners for earning 1,000 points:
- Moomoo At Richex RN FCAT CGC owned by Claudia Hathaway of Sacramento, CA
- Kuniko’s Watch Your Six CA FCAT SWN SCNE SENE SBNE SHDN RATN CGC TKA owned by Lori Durfor of Marysville, CA
- Missjiff.Gif CA FCAT FDCH TKN owned by Maureen Setter of Orange Park, FL
- Alley Oop! FCAT ONYX TKN owned by Maureen Setter of Orange Park, FL
- Nataki Let the River Run OAP AJP FCAT owned by Sarah Stoodley of Silver Spring, MD
- Schatzi IX CAA FCAT CGC owned by Lori and John Stephenson of Manassas, VA
- Miss Dixie Ray CAA FCAT SCN SIN SEN TKA owned byGayle Ingram of Kettering, OH
- Ninja Noodle CAA FCAT owned by Dianne Cottrell of Winston Salem, NC
- Brylin Lady of The Lake CA FCAT DS TKN owned by Gayle Riggins of King, NC
- Mr. Rascal NA NAJ CA FCAT ACT2 TKN owned by Leigh-Anne Congdon of Mill Hall, PA
- Abigail’s Affair Du Coeur CA FCAT owned by Sherri Hamilton-Hingson of Lake City, FL
Congratulations to this dog for earning a second FCAT:
- Nataki’s Life in The Fast Lane RN FCAT2 CGCA TKP owned by Gwen and Stephen Carr of Frederick, MD
- Shannon XI CAX FCAT2 owned by Lori and John Stephenson of Manassas, VA
- Gambler’s Golden Second Chance CA DCAT CGC owned by Kimberly Dezern of Rural Hall, NC
- Nan CA DCAT owned by JACQUELINE R ALCOTT of Midland, NC
- Meadow Full of Misty Purple MX MXJ CAA DCAT CGC TKN owned by Randi and Willow Martin of Williamsburg, VA
- Mr. Rascal NA NAJ CA FCAT ACT2 TKN owned by Leigh-Anne Congdon of Mill Hall, PA
- Doonahshee Zip A Dee Doo Dah OA NAJ NF CAA DCAT owned by Elizabeth Rogers of Fortuna, CA and Debbie Tull of Ferndale, CA
- Reckless Abandon CA DCAT ACT1 RATO owned by Daphne D. McCord of Ocala, FL
- Sadie Mae Barber RA NAP CAA DCAT THDN CGC TKN owned by Patti Barber of Statesboro, GA
- Mr. Scamp RN OA OAJ NJP CA DCAT ACT2 TKN owned by Leigh-Anne Congdon of Mill Hall, PA
- Cavanaugh’s Bayley FDC DCAT CGCA TKN owned by Julia F. Cavanaugh of Whiteford, MD
- Love Armstrong DCAT owned by Alicia Armstrong of Tallahassee, FL
- Mr. Vinny RI CA DCAT THD CGC owned by Erin Padgitt of Waverly, WV
- Cassie Mae Cassel DCAT owned byPamela Sue Cassel of Warsaw, IN
- T-Molly RN FDC NA NAJ NF CA DCAT SCA SIN RATO CGCA CGCU TKA owned by Donna Dolezal of Loveland, CO
- Sinister DCAT owned by Katrina Mauldin of Germantown, MD
- Iyong Tapat Kaibigan FDC CAX14 DCAT DN owned by Stephanie Joan Markgraf of Burlington, NC
- Pirlo II DCAT CGC TKN owned by Lisa Coffman of Sunbury, OH
- Boomer of Tartan AX AXJ DCAT TKN owned by Kathy and Robert Condron of Miamisburg, OH
OTCH Jasmine of Lindenbrook CGCU TKP owned by Nan and Kevin Daley of Woodside, CA
Jasmine is the seventhAll American Dog to earn the prestigious OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion). She earned it on May 26, 2019 at the Hangtown Kennel Club trial in Placerville, CA.
It wasn’t planned, but shejoined the Daley family when she was dropped off at their house by a friend of their daughter,to be watched while his landlord inspected his rental house.
“He didn’t come back as expected and then told us he didn’t want her back,” Nan said. “We had an old Miniature Pinscher and didn’t want another dog until he passed on. We certainly didn’t want a pitbull! But the two dogs ended up being great friends.”
They could not find a rescue group to take Jasmine, so she officially became part of the family. She was untrained and lacking in social skills.“She had never been on a walk before and didn’t know to go potty on a walk. Jasmine was startled by bikes and even a fire hydrant.Now our walks are her favorite thing to do!”
Nan took her to classes in hopes that earning an AKC Canine Good Citizen title would make her more adoptable. “That is how it all began,” she said. Both Jasmine and Nan loved the training, and Jasmine excelled, earning her UD (Utility Dog) title at the age of 3 years on May 2, 2015, in just six tries. She was the third All American Dog to earn it.Since then, they have competed twice at the NOC, once getting into the Top 50.
“We couldn’t have done it without Dorothy Mash, an old friend and dog trainer, and the help of many friends,” said Nan.
“Besides being a great obedience dog, Jasmine is a great dog to live with. She loves to lick your face, carry her stuffed animal around in her mouth and enjoys daily walks with her foster failure sister. I am so very lucky to be blessed by a wonderful ‘unwanted’ dog.”
Congratulations to this dog for earning the UDX title:
- Peyton Doodle Boehringer UDX PCDX BN GO owned by Sharon Ann Boehringer of Casstown, OH
Rally Champion (RACH)
RACH Turbo-Nadir UD BN GN RM2 RAE5 FDC AX AXJ NF CGCA CGCU TKP owned by Kimberly Ann Hoeppner of Bogolusa, LA
Turbo was adopted from the Louisiana SPCA in 2011 when he was about 2 years old. Kimberly was in college and looking for a furry companion. He had gone through the shelter system several times with failed adoptions. “He was pitiful when we met, but there was a spark of adventure behind his sad eyes that attracted me to him,” said Kimberly. “When I adopted him, I found out that I would be his fourth owner, but luckily, his last.”
He was problematic when she first brought him home. He was distrustful and quite the little “furry terror” around the house. “I admit, I understood why so many had given up on him before me. But I resolved not to give up on him, and I began training him simple things, like sit and shake a paw. Slowly, the time and training began calming him down and building his trust in me.”
When she graduated in 2013, one of the first things Kimberly did with her new-found free afternoons was to enroll him in an obedience class. They had a good time and she realized how much she enjoyed working with Turbo. At the class’s graduation, the instructor encouraged them to try for CGC and to check out rally. She had no idea what those were, as Turbo was her first dog, but she jumped in and discovered the world of dog sports. In 2014, Turbo achieved his first AKC title – CGC! Next, they decided to attempt Rally Novice A. Kimberly remembers being nervous at their first trial, but Turbo was relaxed. They ended up with a perfect 100 on their first try. “After that, we were hooked!”
They explored more sports, like obedience, agility, and trick training, but rally always seemed to be Turbo’s favorite. “He gained a lot of confidence through training, trialing, and getting out and about, and he always tried his hardest for me, ” Kimberly said. “He was an honest worker but still a challenge to train and trial. His natural suspicion of new things, his dislike of people, his sensitivity to things, and his low confidence, although improved, made our journey full of ups and downs. He wasn’t an easy dog to start dog sports with, but at the same time, he’s been an invaluable teacher. His challenges helped build many new skills in dog training for a newbie like me; they also taught me important lessons about myself, patience and persistence being two of the biggest.”
Turbo got his RACH on March 9, 2019, at the Northwest Louisiana Shetland Sheepdog Club, earning a 100/100 on his titling run!
Rally Master (RM)
Congratulations to these first-time RM recipients:
Finn 38th of his name BN RM RAE CA ACT1 TKP owned by Heather Pekarovich of Watertown, MA
Finn was 2 years old when Heather adopted him three years ago from the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association. He was found as a stray on the streets of Tennessee, but he quickly won over the hearts of the volunteers with his big brown eyes and nubby tail. “I originally adopted him with the thought of just competing in agility. I taught him to heel on my right side! However, when an Intro to Rally class was offered at our training club, we signed up,” said Heather.
“Finn is a fun little dog to watch, and he always draws a crowd when he is in the ring.” Finn and Heather compete in a variety of dog sports; however, rally is their favorite. “I love Finn’s enthusiasm for rally, and the connection we have as a team,” said Heather.
Finn earned his RN, RI, RA and RE in just four short months. After taking the summer off, Finn came back eager as ever and earned his RM and RAE in five months. He earned the Rally Master title and Rally Advance Excellent title on March 3, 2019, at the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston trial.
Finn loves to compete in rally, obedience, agility, scent work, lure coursing and trick dog. He is over half way to earning his Rally Championship title. “Finn is a sweet boy who just wants to make me happy. He is a true mama’s boy,” said Heather. When Finn is not training or trialing, you can find him chasing his ball, going to the beach, running through fields looking for rabbits, and kicking back with a bully stick.
Marshka Shelby Martin RM CGC owned by Phyllis Martin of Mechanicville, NY
Phyllis got Shelby, who will be 10 years old on September 20, from Capital District Humane Association on April 11, 2010. “She is a great dog and very intelligent. She can open the refrigerator and all the cabinets and most doors. Nothing is safe from her,” said Phyllis.
Shelby received her master’s title on March 10, 2019, with a score of 99 at the Schenectady Dog Training Club trial.
Mavis Gunnels-McCord CDX BN GN RM RAE OA AXJ XF T2B CGC TKI owned by Stacey McCord and Susan Gunnels of Little Rock, AR
Mavis is a 7-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. She finished her RAE title on March 23, 2019, and her RM on March 24, 2019, at the Little Rock Dog Training Club (LRDTC) trial. Stacey and Susan adopted Mavis in May 2013 when she was over a year old. “She had been through at least two homes and had separation anxiety. She couldn’t walk on a leash and was afraid to go up and down our stairs. After destroying a metal crate and several other things in our house, we consulted with an animal behaviorist to get help dealing with Mavis’ separation anxiety,” said Susan.
We also started obedience training at the LRDTC. After almost a year they could leave Mavis at home for several hours alone. “She still doesn’t like to be left, but she can do it,” said Susan. Susan trains Mavis in obedience and rally, and Stacey runs agility with Mavis. Mavis competed in Novice at the AKC Obedience Classic, finishing in the top half of her class. She competed in Novice at Rally Nationals in 2017 and finished 8th. “She also competed in Excellent at the 2019 Rally Nationals, but her handler was having an off day.”
Mavis has done well in all three sports. She is working on her RACH title, her Excellent and Masters agility titles, and training in Utility. “No one could have asked for a better Novice A dog. Mavis is an amazing partner who always gives her best and really enjoys training. ”In her spare time Mavis goes to the lake and enjoys swimming, tubing, retrieving, and kayaking.
Matzke’s Odin BN RM RATN CGC TKA owned by Roger William Matzke of Penndel, PA
Odin was found in the woods in Georgia with one other puppy, and the rescue estimated that he was approximately 12 weeks of age when Odin joined the Matzke family on March 8, 2015. He is a 4 ½-year-old All-American dog, 61 pounds, made up of Lab, Beagle, Shar-Pei and others.
“He is a very energetic, sensitive, loving dog who has bonded with me and he moves with me anywhere I go,” said Roger. The pair started taking training lessons in October 2016 at Lower Bucks Dog Training Club for general training and then moved into rally lessons. Odin’s first rally competition was in July of 2017. He earned his Rally Masters title on April 19, 2019, at the Lower Bucks Dog Training Club’s trial. Odin has earned a total of 10 AKC titles including Trick Dog Advanced and Beginner Novice in Obedience. Odin also competes in Barn Hunt and recently earned his RATO (Open) title.
Snickers Gee Hagans RM RAE CGC TKA owned by Valerie Hagans of Stedman, NC
Snickers, a 7-year-old All American rescue, earned her Rally Master Title on May 18, 2019 at the Durham Kennel Club in Durham, North Carolina.
When we brought Snickers home from the shelter, she was a timid girl. We enrolled in basic obedience classes in hopes of building her confidence. With training, patience, and hard work, her sweet personality emerged.
I was unfamiliar with dog sports and had never trained or competed before. While taking basic obedience and CGC classes we were exposed to agility and rally. It seemed like a great way to build a better relationship with Snickers so I signed us up for classes. Snickers and I competed in our first rally competition in December 2017 and we were hooked. I never imagined how much fun it would be and the wonderful friendships we would make. Snickers and I continue to enjoy our weekly classes and they are something we both look forward to.
Snickers has also completed therapy dog training and passed the therapy dog test. Snickers enjoys visiting nursing homes, schools, and other local venues.
Thank you for recognizing my sweet, nutty girl. She will always be my champion. As we continue this journey together, I can’t wait to see what other adventures await.
Chilli-Bean RM CGC owned by Lynn and Doug Mueller of Mukwonago, WI
Chilli-Bean is a 9-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix. Lynn and Doug adopted her at 13 weeks from Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue in Mukwonago, WI. She has her CGC and is a certified therapy dog.
On June 9, 2019, Chilli-Bean earned her Rally Master title at the Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club trial.
Abydos Wicked Razzberry CD RM FDC NA NAJ NF SCN SIN SBN TKI owned by Connie and Frank Haschke of Iowa Park, TX
Razzberry earned the Rally Master title on May 17, 2019 at the Abilene Kennel Club trial in Abilene, TX.
Thompson’s Shiloh Of Abercrombie BN RM RAE CGC TKA owned by Lisa M. Thompson of Fayetteville, NC
Campbell was 4 months old when he found his forever home with Lisa. All of his training, from basic obedience to his current level, has been at RiverRun Dog Training in Fayetteville, NC. Campbell has his CGC and is a therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. He and Lisa also participate in agility and are beginning training in dock diving.
“I call him ‘Campbell,’” said Lisa. “Everyone has a story behind his name, and I wanted to come up with a Thanksgiving-related name since he was born on that day. I have a very large family that traditionally gathers at our farm for Thanksgiving every year. Our roots are originally from Scotland and the Clan Campbell. So, there you go!”
Congratulations also to these dogs for earning the RM title:
- Beth’s Anubis CDX RM owned by Elizabeth Matthys of Hazel Green, AL
- Mosley’s Zekerman CD RM AX AXJ OF TKA owned by Nikki Mosley of Guntersville, AL
- Shepherd’s Liquid Courage RM RAE AX AXJ OF RATO CGCA TKN owned by Katie and Michael Shepherd of Simpsonville, KY
- Kenzie’s Shining Star CD BN RM owned byCrystal Joy Grauman of Marysville, OH
- Willow Wind’s Starz RM CGCA owned by R. Elizabeth Barnhart of Brunswick, ME
- Henry Hughes CD BN RM CGC owned by Gabrielle Hughes of Glen Allen, VA
- Brownie Maeve CD BN RM RAE2 CGC TKI owned Carol Cordeau Young of Bartlett, TN
Congratulations to these dogs who have added more RAEs to their names:
- Jay Dee CD RM RAE2 OA OAJ AXP AJP CGC owned by Terry Gray and Steven Petto of Las Cruces, NM
- AGCH MACH15 Moses Raphael York UD BN GN GO RAE5 MXB4 PDG MJC4 PJG MFC TQX T2B8 CGCA CGCU TKA owned by Jordan Patrick York of Evansville, IN
- Ally VIII CD PCD BN RAE4 BCAT ACT2 SWN SCNE SINE CGC TKP owned by Viki Smartt of Knoxville, TN
- River Birch Bohland CD RAE2 owned by Brittany Rupp of Fosston, MN
Congratulations to these first-time RAE recipients:
- Mavis Gunnels-McCord CDX BN GN RM RAE OA AXJ XF CGC TKI owned by Stacey McCord and Susan Gunnels of Little Rock, AR
- Just Josie BN RAE CA BCAT ACT1 THDN RATCH CGCA TKP owned by Samantha Perkins of New Prague, MN
- Finn 38th of his name RM RAE ACT1 TKP owned by Heather Pekarovich of Watertown, MA
- Princess Jia Li Of Faerie RM RAE DCAT THDX RATS CZ8B CGCA CGCU TKA owned by Cynthia Rae Becker DDS MAGD of Fishers, IN
- Workman’s Turbo CD BN RAE FDC AXP MJP XFP BCAT CGC TKI owned by Belinda Workman of Forest Hill, MD
- Mavis Gunnels-McCord CDX BN GN RM RAE OA AXJ XF CGC TKI owned by Stacey McCord and Susan Gunnels of Little Rock, AR
- Snickers Gee Hagans RM RAE CGC TKA owned by Valerie Hagans of Stedman, NC
- Thompson’s Shiloh Of Abercrombie BN RM RAE CGC TKA owned by Lisa M. Thompson of Fayetteville, NC
Scent Work Masters
Reba’s Fancy Red Heart BN RI FDC CA BCAT ACT2 SWNE SWM SCME SIEE SHDE THDN CGCA CGCU TKI owned by Barbara Bumcrots of Maumee, OH
Reba is the first All American Dog to earn the Masters title.
She is Barbara’s first rescue dog and came from the Golden Retriever Rescue Resource from Toledo, OH.
“Apparently, her father was a golden, but her mother must have been a Toller,” she said.
Barbara said she has always had a “soft spot” for a red colored Golden Retriever, and Reba fit the bill and her smaller size was a plus.
When Barbara got Reba, she was 8 months old and had already had two homes. They began working together right away in agility which she had trained her previous dog for. “Reba likes it in class but not as much in a competition setting (no treats!)” said Barbara. Reba began with her over-achieving ways by earning titles in Rally, Obedience, Barn Hunt, Therapy Dog, AKC’s Trick Dog Program, Coursing Ability, and Fast CAT. “We have played with some dock diving – we don’t compete, but she loves the water and swimming.”
“Then I started to dabble in Scent Work,” said Barbara. “I found a thing that she excels in.” Reba is the first All American Dog to earn the SWM title (only the third dog overall); it only took her 13 months to earn it. “She has racked up tons (34) of Scent Work titles to date. We are now working on the Detective class and we just earned our first Q.”
Bozzi’s Indiana Jones CGC SWM TKA owned by Jamie Bozzi of Palm Desert, CA
Indy is a 6-year-old All American Dog rescued from the Barking Lot in El Cajon, California, when he was 3 months old. He was put on odor shortly thereafter and excelled in all dog sports – Agility, Treibball, and especially Scent Work. He earned his SWM in just over one year winning High in Trial in both Novice and Advanced. An 8-pound Pug/Chihuahua mix, “he has incredible drive and enthusiasm,” said Jamie. nath“He is serious when working and silly at home. He has a great personality and loves to play and learn.”
He earned his SWM title at the Hidden Valley Obedience Club of North County on May 18, 2019.
TD (Tracking Dog):
Bonny Sommer RN TD CGCA TKN owned by Mary Sommer of Lodi, CA
Bonny is a 5-year-old Dachshund/Border Collie mix who was a foster failure. Mary has had her for three years, and in addition to tracking, they have started competing in obedience and rally. They earned the TD title at a test hosted by the Sacramento Dog Training Club on Feb. 24, 2019.
Windstone’s Howling Jack TD SCN owned by Alex and Amy Nathanson of Palm City, FL
Jack earned his TD on March 17, 2019, at the Tracking Club of Central Florida test. This was his fourth attempt since November 2018.
“I wore a lot of St. Patrick green for good luck, and we were successful at last,” Amy said.
The Nathansons adopted Jack, a Beagle, from Dogs and Cats Forever rescue in August 2016, when he was approximately 1 year old. “We have had two other Beagles, so we were familiar with the ‘nosiness,’ “said Amy. “Jack’s nose rarely leaves the ground, and he immediately proved that while we were walking in the neighborhood.”
Amy learned about tracking and thought it might be a fun way for Jack to satisfy his urge to sniff. They teamed up with Ron and Luci Seeley, AKC tracking judges, in early 2017, and began training with them. Because of their hectic schedule and the unpredictable South Florida summer weather, training sessions were sporadic.
In mid-2018, they also teamed up with Jane Craig and Fran Smith, also AKC judges, and between all four mentors, they were confident that Jack was ready to test by the late summer. The first three tests (November, December and February), Amy “chalked up to valuable ‘learning experiences’ (more so for me, rather than Jack). We were very fortunate to be able to train with such great talent and experience-we learn something new with each outing from these four dedicated tracking gurus.”
After their success in March, they immediately began training for Jack’s TDX. Jack has also demonstrated his talents in scent work and agility.
Stone’s Wally TD owned by Marian Stone of Urbana, IL
Wally came to the Stones’ house from Champaign County Animal Control in 2010 as an approximately 12-week-old stray. He landed at animal control about two weeks before that when a dog lover rescued him after he was dumped at a Walmart. The shelter manager, a member of the Stones’ obedience club, asked them to foster him and find a permanent home as he was “unplaceable” because was so stressed in the kennel environment. “He is a submissive dog and would pee uncontrollably whenever he was shown to prospective families,” said Marian. “It took over a year to get the submissive wetting under control. During that year it became clear Wally wasn’t going to leave our house.”
“I have earned multiple tracking titles on a variety of different dogs. Earning the title on Wally was a challenge. He has a good nose but would rather track critters than people. I finally decided to give him a whole can of dog food every time he found an article and that convinced him the game was worthwhile.” Wally certified on April 14, 2019, and two weeks later, on April 28, 2019 at Lyons Township Dog Training Club’s test, he ran a wonderful track and earned his TD. Marian decided not to continue tracking with him but is training him in scent work which he thoroughly enjoys.
Congratulations also to this dog for earning the TD:
- Sir Toby RI TD CGC owned by Diane Ruth Karius of Kansas City, MO
There are five AKC Trick Titles you and your dog can earn:
- AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN)- Your dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title. See the list of tricks here.
- AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI) – Your dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks. See the list of tricks here.
- AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA) – Your dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list. See the list of tricks here.
- AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP) – In this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks with at least 3 tricks using props. See the requirements here.
- AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE) – In the highest level of Trick Dog, the Elite Performers perform a routine that has a story/script. At least 5 props are used. See the requirements here.
To learn more about the program, click AKC Trick Dog.
Congratulations to these All-American Dogs who have earned the Trick Dog Elite Title:
Good Boy Blue TKE and Blue Eyed Red TKE owned by Jo and David Pennypacker of Danville, Pennsylvania
Red and Blue are 5-year-old litter mates. First-time Aussie owners, Jo and David brought puppies Red and Blue home in 2014 from a horse farm near Towanda, PA. Planning to look at one blue merle puppy, when the adorable red merle with ice blue eyes waddled over, it was “instant love for two fluffy bundles of pure energy!” said Jo.
They earned their AKC Star Puppy certificates in 2015, and Jo began tricks training at home with Red and Blue in late summer of 2018. The mental stimulation of tricks training woven into the routine of everyday activities increased the focus and bond with both dogs. Pre-planning for the different levels from the tricks lists helped keep the training sessions organized. Both dogs made short work of earning their TKN, TKI, and TKP titles and were awarded their AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer titles on March 1, 2019.
“Quick-witted Blue has an eager enthusiasm for learning and a seemingly unquenchable play drive. DeHappy-go-lucky Red is laid-back but equally sharp, so much so that he gets more treats for doing nothing while just waiting his turn! Accustomed to practicing the tricks mainly at home required a shift of focus for both dogs while testing at the CGC evaluator’s training school, along with some creative prop wrangling.”
AKC training videos and articles have been a great resource for Jo in the training progress. “Participation in the tricks title program has ignited a passion,” she said, “to learn more about positive force-free training methods, counter conditioning techniques and desensitization training to try to stay one step ahead of these two high drive, intelligent wiggle butts – a challenging undertaking with the dogs’ unique learning styles, strengths and a few quirks as well!”
Dexter Jarvis CGC TKE owned by Tera Jarvis of St. Louis, MO
Dexter is a 2 ½-year-old Dalmatian. He and Tera have attended progressive training classes since he was 3 months old. In October 2018, he tore the ACL in his left leg and Tera was not sure he would be able to continue training. However, with hard work, many hours of practice and much dedication, Dexter was able to reach his goal and earned his Elite Trick Dog title in April 2019. Tera said she is “one proud dog mom!”
Scout Espaldon CGC TKE owned by Michelle Espalson/Roger White of Costa Mesa, CA
Scout was about 8 weeks old when she was adopted as a rescue in November 2014. She is a high-energy terrier mix who enjoys a number of activities including scent work, treibballand lure coursing.Scout is an eight-time champion of her recreational agility league and is a member of Surf City Flyball Team and holds several NAFA titles.
In June 2017, Scout earned her CGC and began volunteering as a therapy dog for Pet Prescription Team, making visits to a juvenile hall facility in Southern California.In 2018, she began working closely with trainer Blane Dydasco and with a lot of hard work, was able to obtain her TKN, TKI, TKA, and TKP titles. On June 4, 2019, Scout was awarded her TKE title.
Congratulations also to these dogs for earning the Trick Dog Elite Title:
- Duncan Hainer TKE owned by Lori Hainer of New Castle, PA
- Walla’s Princess Tala TKE owned by Penny Walla of Poland, OH