On Saturday the 4th of March 2023 the flatcoated retriever club held a working test that I had entered with Lotte. Unfortunately she is full in heat so I decided to go to the international Martini dogshow in Groningen instead. Klaas the owner of Flatastic Silver Will “Bruce” had asked me to bring out his lovely strong boy. Bruce has not had ringtraining or ever been to a show so it was quite an experience for him. I am very proud of this wonderful boy – he has a strong body and an enormous perseverance when working. He retrievers everything with feathers and hair, it is rather impressive what he is already capable of at this young age. He will track a deer for his hunter, retrieve a fox – but he also has obtained his two Orweja SJP diplomas and he is now approved for breeding. He has finished all his health tests including an ultrasound of the kidneys and he has tested clear of hereditary diseases. He is of medium size – his type is traditional (English). His head is very maskulin – maybe it could have a bit less defined stop but this fits his type I think. He has excellent movements with a lot of thrust and a very bright and engaged temperament. In many ways he reminds me of Rumi, which touches me. I am very much looking forward to following him and his owner in the future in their ventures.
Rumi loves to be at a show – it fits her character so well to have attention and lots of treats. She loves to run as well so I had brought her too. The judge gave her a very nice description and a 4th place in her class.
Bruce was given a Very Good and a third place by judge Sandra Hoyer.
While I was out in my fancy clothes – Lieuwe Bosma & Flatastic Platinum Alignment “Gurbe” were in Lattrop and they came home with their first WT B1 diploma. The day after they came in at a third place in the unofficial SJP held by their trainer. Congratulations Lieuwe & Klaas with this weekend’s accomplishments. A good start of the season.