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After 13 years, 2012 was the first year that AKC allowed Mixed Breeds to enter the ACE Awards!
Search and Rescue — Dino — owned by Jackie Phillips of San Leandro, CA
Dino has been working full time throughout Northern California as a tracking dog to find lost pets since January 2009. He has worked 350 cases and made multiple finds of both alive and deceased animals. His tracking efforts have also led to many clues that resulted in pets being found following the search. In April, Dino took only 30 minutes to find a dog that had been missing for more than two days in San Francisco.
Dino originally had been surrendered to the San Francisco animal shelter and had been slated for euthanasia after being labeled "untrainable and out of control." Luckily, Grateful Dog Rescue thought differently and saved him. Jackie adopted him three months later and today Dino has many achievements in addition to his life-saving search and rescue skills. Officially known as Woodland's Court Jester UD RAE, Dino is the first mixed-breed to earn the AKC's Rally Advanced Excellent title and the second mixed-breed to earn the Utility Dog title.