Can/Am CH Knightcastle Hallo Spaceboy CD JH WC CGN / Am CD JH
A nice surprise was waiting for me on November 16 2005 : Baxter! I was not supposed to keep a male from Nova's first litter, I had only six reservations, eight puppies on the groumd but I could not resist to keep him!
From the start, he was the most enthusiastic dog I've never had, always ready to play. He inherited an astonishing characteristic of his father ; he was always wagging his tail like crazy!
Baxter was my first home-bred Champion. His show career was short, winning 'Best of Breed' 8 times in 10 shows, always handled by me. He earned his Canadian Championship ( CH ) at only 9 months of age, and in his last Canadian show (Cornwall, On), he was awarded Best of Breed against 10 dogs (3 of them were already Champions). With his fourth major, at 19 months, Baxter became my first American Champion. He was entered only 6 times in the US, always in the 'Bred By Exhibitor' class ! He also made the last 10 selected dogs, out of 108, during the Canadian FCRSC specialty in August 2007 in Quebec City. In October 2009, Baxter made a Group 2nd placement at the Bible Hill (NS) show and completed that year in the 13th position for a flat-coated. At the 2009 US Specialty, handled by Waines Heikes, Baxter made the cut! He is also the first 'All round retriever' Knightcastle dog in Canada and USA, having his show championship, an obedience title and a field title in both countries.
He earned his first obedience title, American CD, at the age of 16 months, becoming my youngest dog to achieve that title. In October 2007 he went through a major surgery to rebuild a knee after a foolish accident, everything is fine since and he is running like crazy. Back on his legs, in 2008, he easily earned his Working Certificate ( WC ) and in July 2009, he completed easily his Canadian Junior Hunter ( JH ) title and his American one in September 2011. He also had points toward his American Grand Champion title but I never intended to achieve that goal.
Baxter was also a father. In spring 2012, he sired a litter with the beautiful Maura (Velvet Hunters Everybody Rejoice) who gave birth to two little boys.
With his titles in show, obedience and field in Canada and USA, Baxter deserved to be the first ambassador for Knightcastle.
When Nova died in August 2014, Baxter became my pack leader, a funny one, not taking his job really seriously but putting his paws down when needed, especially with young Forrest. He followed me everywhere, was my most reliable dog in the house. He was happy as long as he was with me and had food!
All his life, Baxter had one speed only: Go! He was a gentle goofy boy and was a fantastic dog to have around. A really unique friend and a one in a life time dog, probably my best one! The decision to keep him was the best I could have made and raising him with his sister Céleste was simply pure pleasure. One thing is certain: life will never be the same in the house without him. He died peacefully in my hands on February 20 2017. Can't write in words how much I miss him. Baxter was simply my boy, can't believe he's gone...