|#3 OTCh. Ridgehaven’s Oscar The Crouch CGN, RAE6
Portuguese Water Dog
Owners: Monte & Lorie Crouch | Handler: Lorie Crouch
Last year was a blast for Oscar and me. He got to sleep on the bed (covered, of course) when staying at hotels and was well rewarded for his trial efforts. I enjoyed the (mostly) highs and (occasional) lows of competition, making new friends and experiencing the incomparable bond that forms when spending dedicated time with your best buddy.
Most memorable win: A testament to a solid obedience foundation is how well it translates into success in other sports. Our highlight of the year occurred at the American National PWD Specialty in Michigan where Oscar achieved HIT in Obedience, won his Rally class and earned a new title, Courier Water Dog. Two more passes at the Ontario trial resulted in CWDX, the highest water title for the breed!
Funniest story: In our first rally Excellent trial (off leash), on the ‘Forward’ command from the judge, Oscar took off for the food bowls, grabbed the stuffed duck and raced around the ring, shaking the life out of it, much to the delight of onlookers and my mortification. The judge, Bonnie Christie, calmly asked me to call my dog and graciously allowed us to start again, although we did NQ. Later a spectator asked me if Oscar would entertain us again in the afternoon. I sheepishly replied, “I hope not!”