There is big news to report in the world of Rally! AKC Canine Partners has its first RAE – Rally Advanced Excellent title – the highest award in AKC Rally.
Woodacre's Court Jester RAE – known as "Dino" – earned the honor on Dec. 29 at the Santa Cruz Kennel Club dog show.
Dino is owned, handled and trained by Jacqueline Phillips of San Leandro, Calif.
Dino is truly a success story as he was surrendered to a shelter by his family at about 9 months of age because they had "too many kids and not enough time for the dog." The shelter scheduled him for euthanasia after labeling him as "out of control and untrainable." Luckily, Grateful Dog Rescue of San Francisco did not believe the shelter and took Dino into their care. Phillips adopted him when he was about a year old and immediately set out to prove the shelter wrong by training Dino.
Next on Dino's agenda is Obedience, Phillips said. They have trained all the exercises through Utility and have the goal of qualifying for the National Obedience Invitational. Already, Dino has completed his CD and has one leg towards his CDX.
In addition to our one RAE, the breakdown of Rally titles for All-Americans as of Dec. 31 is:
Click here to see Dino's own webpage.
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