Announcing AKC’s First Endurance Earthdog Titlist

The first new Earthdog title since the program’s inception in 1993 was announced on November 30, 2009. Five double qualifications in master and senior are the basis of the new title and the effective date was March 1, 2010. Up to four double qualifications earned prior to March 1 can be applied to the EE title.

With that information in hand, Annette Donovan of Alpharetta, Georgia, at the urging of her dog’s co-owner, John Behan, set her sights on the EE title. Her Border Terrier "Rosemary" completed the requirements at the Tampa Bay Terrier Club’s test on March 7th in Ocala, FL. Rosemary is CH. Hideaways It’s About Thyme, CD, RN, OA, OAJ, ME, TDI. She is a seven year old grizzle and tan Border.

Annette has been involved in the sport of dogs for many years originally showing German Shepherd Dogs primarily in obedience before becoming the owner of her first Border Terrier "Kati". Through Kati she got involved in Earthdog and is currently competing in the sport with both Rosemary and her daughter Daisy. Annette continued to enter her dogs in Earthdog master classes after earning their ME titles because she enjoys the hunt up to the den immensely. When Annette was unable to attend a test and co-owner John was going, he took the dogs with him to enjoy another outing in the field. When the EE title was announced, they decided to try for it with Rosemary by entering her in senior as well as master at two tests in Florida in December, tests in Georgia in February, and again in Florida in March. A snow and ice storm in Georgia prevented Annette from making it to the first test in Georgia so that made a total of five opportunities for Rosemary to get her double Q’s. And she did. She was five for five and finished her title.

Congratulations to Annette, John, and Rosemary!


Annette releases Rosemary into the master den.


Rosemary at honor dog.


Rosemary finds the quarry at the master den March 7.


L to R: Master judge Jo Ann Frier-Murza, Annette Donovan
with Rosemary, Co-owner John Behan, Senior judge Carol Simpson.