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7 January 2014 - 6:36 pm
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  I was told by the AKC when I sent them an email before Zeke's amp that he would no longer be able to compete in AKC obedience. That he wouldn't be allowed too. All they sent back for an explanation was the part in the ACK handbook that talked about limping. I responded but he isn't limping that that was his new gait and they never responded. I have seen pictures of Bark competing in hunting stuff so why cant Zeke? Please if anyone can straighten this out for me or give me some ideas about where I can get an obedience title with him I would be so grateful. He has "2 legs" (meaning he only need to pass one more show to get his title), he went to two show and got first place prizes before his cancer took over and he started limping. He is so smart and we have worked so hard for this. I want to finish his title for him, or at least get one from somewhere else. its heartbreaking.

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7 January 2014 - 8:35 pm
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Hi Zeke :) I've been having a similar issue with my own three-legged baby and the AKC. Unfortunately, I don't see the AKC changing their mind in the near future. I have my own issues with the AKC that stems from working in the veterinary community and can attest to how hard it is to convince them to even consider changing a rule. I wish it was different but unfortunately that's the way it is. There is a growing community of dog lovers outside of the AKC that understand a disability had no bearing on a team's ability to compete in canine sports. Cyber Rally and Nosework are two of these communities. I know there are others out there as well, it just takes a little looking to find them. Getting in touch with an agility trainer and/or judge will get you some more suggestions. It may not be the AKC title you want but the true joy is competing with your best friend at your side, going through the course and being a team in more than words. Maybe if more of us tripaw teams compete we can eventually change everyone's minds on what we can do. Just look at how long the human special Olympics took to be instituted and recognized. We'll get there, don't give up!

Mandy and Maverick

Maverick is a wonderful miniature australian shepard born with a malformation of the front right radius/ulna, amputation performed on 11/4/13 at 6 months old. Follow his story at


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7 January 2014 - 9:01 pm
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Oh gosh! I just read this!

Wow Maverick! Wow Zeke! This is just not fair....sooooo wrong......wrongn every level! In tne age of "political correctness", can you imagaine what would happen if a human was barred from at leat TRYING to complete something similar!

Would it do any good to try and brng this to the public's attention? I mean, here we have two Extraordinary dogs with proven talents

Maverick and Zeke, you tw could get all sorts of public support omce yor stories got out there!

Gosh, I dn't even kow what I'm trying to say.....this just has me so upset! Maybe if we brought this to the sponsors--the advertisers---of som e of the AKC functions...I dn't knw..boycott their products...whatever!! These dogs should be held in the highest regard as our National Treasure!!

Okay, off my soap box. Just seems we couls figure out a solution with all the power of this site!

Mandy, yoj articulated very well the true joyof competing with yojr friend by yor side. Very nice! And how is that Maverick doing??

ZEKE and MAVERICK...You are our CHAMPIONS and will always rank #1 with us

Love to all!

Sally and Happy Hannah

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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7 January 2014 - 9:18 pm
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Yeah, unfortunately I've heard that about AKC's obedience competitions, which is CRAZY and WRONG! Don't get me started.

I do know that the NADAC organization allows Tripawds in some but not all agility competitions, at least lat time I checked.

Bart competes in field hunting, it's a different sport but his Momma Darcy would probably be happy to talk to you about the AKC's specific rules for competing dogs.

Also you may want to talk to Maggie's Mom, Tracy. She has a LOT of experience in obedience competitions so do get in touch with her. You can PM both of them through our PM system.

Here is another Forum Discussion about Tripawds and agility.


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