Can OTCHX Fieldday Charles Darwin JH WCI CGN HIT DiscDog / Am CDX
Who would have thought that Darwin's arrival in my life in July 2001 would have changed it this way? The idea of having him was to stimulate my 12 year old golden retriever, Octave. From a simple house dog he was supposed to be, he quickly became one of the most titled flatcoats in Canada. Darwin changed my life forever.
At first, in the puppy class he was in, he was known as “The Terror” ! He finished last out of a total of 17 dogs in this class ! What a demon he was ! And he stayed a little bit that way all his life. Always happy to please me, making big smiles, dancing and always ready to poke my pocket because he knew I was hidding treats. Or ready to catch a ball while wagging his tail, proudly ... He was one of a kind.
He was one year and a half when he earned his first obedience title ( CD ) at the United Kennel show. That is when I began to like competing in these trials and I made the decision to pursue further. In 2003, he earned his CDX at Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry. Then, after only one year of training, he finally became OTCh in ten trials. On October 22 2005, with tears in my eyes, Darwin completed his OTChX, a work combination of Open and Utility classes. It took him only eight trials to earn his five necessary qualifications but I promised him at the time that this title was the end, that he deserved his retirement. He was only four years old. Darwin was the second best flatcoat in obedience in Canada for 2004 and 2005. Back in 2004 at the Canadian FCRSC specialty, Darwin made the 'High in Trial' ( HIT ) with a score of 194,5 in the 'Open B' class. He also finished his obedience career in USA earning his CD, CDX and one UD leg.
During this time, I also started to train him for hunt tests. He obtained his Junior Hunter, Working Certificate and Working Certificate Intermetiate titles very easily.
He came out from two fantastic dogs; Whoopee (Quillquest Absolutely Kaotic CDX MH WCX), Cliff Steer's dog, and Devon (Ch Fieldday Devon Dream On CDX JH WCX Am/ WCX CD) from Nicole Germain.
Darwin also had another passion, he loved frisbee! In september 2004, he earned his Novice title ( DD ) with the Canadian Disc Dog Association.
We have learned to work together and have developed a profound admiration for each other. With his 'Joie de vivre', he was simply my hero, my idol and my best friend at the time. Our lives together were a bit too short but he will be in my heart for as long as I live.
Darwin died in my arms from cancer on April 29 2010, two weeks shy of his ninth birthday.
I love you so much Darwin. Thank you for everything my friend, I miss you!