|Call name: “Ace”
Owners: Charles P. MacMillan & Joan M. MacMillan
Handler: Charlie MacMillan
How long have you been training this dog? Ace came to live with us when he was eight weeks old and his training started right away. As he continues with his training, his knowledge and skills grow. He has his dad Fly’R’s memory, which makes my job easier as he approaches the higher levels of obedience and rally.
List other events you participate in with your dog. Ace competes in rally and obedience in Canada and the United States.
What was your favourite moment of 2017? Ace and I competed in the AKC National Rally Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where, at the ripe old age of two years and two months, Ace placed fifth out of 75 Advance-level qualifying teams.
What has been the most challenging aspect of rally for you and your dog? Ace is a very high-spirited dog that loves to jump any jump he sees. He is extremely fast and loves to move quickly in the ring. As I age, I do not move as quickly as I once did. In order to overcome these issues, I had to increase Ace’s vocabulary so he would understand what I wanted him to do and to keep him from going into business for himself.
What does your dog love to do when he’s not in the ring? Ace loves to play with his brother Deuce. He also loves to go for car rides no matter the length, as long as he is with us.
What drew you to this particular breed? As a child, when driving to visit my grandfather, my dad would stop at a Golden Retriever breeder to show us the puppies, as we lived in an apartment that did not allow dogs. When we moved to a house and because both my dad and I hunted partridge in the fall, we got a Golden to increase our luck. Training my first Golden to hunt made me a believer in the breed for life.