Bridonport's Third Time Lucky WWD
Fergus, loved by Darcy, Jennifer and Patrick
Aug. 2009 - Fergus successfully completes the Working Water Dog level (twice!)
Under Judge Chuck Burbert at the beautiful Royackers facility in Ariss Ontario Fergus performed the Working Water Dog exercises like a Pro! It was so much fun to work with him and watch him do what we had been training for. He has so much drive and enjoys working in the water so much that it wasn't a surprise that he repeated his performance the next day! He is so fun to work with!!
Fergus jumping off the boat during a practice session. Sent to retrieve "3 articles overboard"
Aug. 2008 Fegus successfully completes the Apprentice Water Dog level
Fergus acheived his Apprentice Water Dog title this past Aug. 2008. Again, with limited training due to other commitments and lack of training space he performed the Apprentice level excerises with style! We were both confident and having fun, we passed the level the first try. We attempted our Working Level exercises the next day, which was a "shot in the dark" due to REALLY limited training (we didn't have a boat, let alone 2 boats to practice with!) he did the first three exercises with gusto and then put everyone on the edge of their seats, breahless when he came so close but failed to jump off the 2nd boat to retrieve the bumper between two boats. Without a doubt in my mind, he missed this because of being nervous to jump off a boat that I was not on. Fergus's drive to retrieve is so compelling that it was not out of disobedience that he didn't jump - it was nerves. He went on to complete the final exercise without a problem! And although we didn't qualify - I was EXTREMELY impressed and proud of my little monkey's performance.
The trial site is gorgeous! If anyone gets a chance to visit Royackers training grounds in Ariss, Ontario, you won't be dissapointed! It was a great weekend!
Coming home in the van from from the Water Trials (with little Grace)
Fergus dressed up as a bumble bee for Hallowe'en 2005
Fergus wins the Duck retrieving contest at the end of the Water Trials 2008!
Okay... he bullied another dog for the winning duck... stole it from the other dog before the dog could cross the finish line... So Fergus took it from the dog and crossed the line first! Oh my boy!
Fergus jumping in the air (for joy of winning) for the ducky
Fergus with his winning duck
Fergus puppy sharing the pool with Tiago and Buddy (my old Chow Chow)
Fergus, always a good friend, plays ball with puppy Grace
Just hanging out...
Fergus waiting for me to throw the bumper