Copper (Parson Russell Terrier dog)

Copper the Parson Russell Terrier (b. approx. 6/15/16) was found as an emaciated stray in Paintsville, Kentucky in spring 2017, at about eight months of age. She was pulled from a high-kill shelter there and brought to Wisconsin by Underdog Pet Rescue. We contacted Underdog to meet her the same day she was posted on Petfinder. [The story of Copper’s rescue; Copper’s adventures the first week and second week after adoption].

At only two years of age, Copper has earned 8 titles in two sports.

Four weeks after adoption, Copper earned her Novice & Intermediate trick dog titles. She began performing with Dash just a few months after adoption, and earned the then-highest AKC trick title “Trick Dog Performer” just six months post-adoption. The same month, she put on a trick show at the Eukanuba Performance Games in Ohio.

Copper went on to perform at the AKC National Championship dog show in Orlando, Florida just a day after she turned 18 months old! When the AKC added the “Elite Trick Dog Performer” title, Copper earned that just a couple weeks after turning two. Dash and Copper were two of the first 50 dogs in the world to earn this elite title.

Copper’s official registered name is:


(Bonus points to anybody who gets the chemistry reference).

(All photos on this page copyright Springfield Photography & Sharon Page)