I was there when Rick was born, and I knew he was mine the moment I saw him. His puppy name was "Baby Ray", and he is a ringer for his
dad, Raymond. Rick is very sweet and loving, which is a good thing since he was the most destructive puppy I've ever had! If we couldn't
find something, we would just look out in the dog yard, as Rick had probably drug whatever it was out the dog door. Thankfully Rick eventually
grew up, and at age 16 he has done amazing things in agility, obedience, conformation, rally, nosework, tracking, and herding. Rick is a
multiple High in Trial winner in obedience, herding, nosework, and rally, and he finished his AKC Conformation Championship with three majors,
a BOS over a special, a BOB over a special and then on to a Group Four! Rick became a Triple Champion by earning his OTCH in March of 2012,
part of an extremely special weekend as Riva finished her Champion Tracker title the very next day! It was truly a weekend I will always remember.
In May of 2013 Rick became my second Quadruple Champion when he finished his MACH. Rick started tracking in the summer of 2013, and he and I have
had a BALL with it! In 2014 Rick earned his TD and TDU, and late in 2016 I was THRILLED when Rick earned his VST. Rick earned his Obedience
Grand Master title in the fall of 2014 and his UDX10 in July of 2015. Rick placed Second in the Utility All Stars Competition at the 2014 UKC
Premiere, and was the number one UKC Utility dog in the country in 2014. In 2016 Rick finished his PUDX title, his RAE2, and his UKC Conformation
Championship and Grand Rally Obedience Championship, along with his URX, GN, and GO. Rick was the first dog in the country to earn the PUDX title.
A highlight of 2016 was placing in the Top 50 at the 2016 AKC National Obedience Championship, an accomplishment that was beyond my wildest dreams,
since Rick was 11 1/2 at the time! Rick and I discovered Nosework in 2016, and he ADORES it. He was the first dog in the area to make it to the
Elite level in UKC nosework, earned his overall Elite title in June of 2018, and then he topped that at the age of 15 by becoming the first
overall AKC Master dog in the area as well. Rick likes to bite the hide! I never dreamed that a sport we started just to give him something to do
would culminate in him going all the way to the top! Rick amazed me even further by earning his TDX in January of 2019 at the age of 14 years,
three months, which made him a Champion Tracker and my second Quintuple Champion. Thank you, Rick! Now retired from obedience, rally, herding,
tracking, and agility, Rick and I continue to train and compete in nosework. In 2020, Rick continued to amaze by having the fastest time of any
dog during TWO separate nosework trial weekends, just before his 16th birthday! He earned 9 titles in 2020, including his UKC Grand Championship
Novice title. Incredibly, Rick has earned a title fifteen years in a row! Rick is a delight to live with, train, and show, and I am so very lucky
to have shared my life with this wonderful dog.
Front and Finish Article Quadruple Champion Rick
New AKC Quadruple Champion RICK
dogsport 101: The Making of an M.V.P.
Rick's June 2019 Front And Finish Cover And Article
Rick's Jan/Feb/March 2020 Boderlines Cover And Article
Rick's Passion For Performance Canine Chronicle February 2021 Article
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