Just downstream from Portland, in the middle of the Columbia River, is Sauvie Island and wildlife refuge. The Oregon Department of Wildlife has set aside several hundred acres of pastures and ponds for dog training (closed during hunting season). This island is also the home of some major AKC hunt trials throughout the year including a huge event of the Memorial Day weekend with hundreds of dogs. On Sundays, Russ meets up with a group of trainers and their ubiquitous Labs. Aspiring to achieve some level of competence compared to Nova, we will continue to pursue more training after his exuberant youth dissipates a bit.
Cooper is an true water dog. He will swim and retrieve bumpers until he approaches hypothermia. So far, we’ve lost only one bumper that Coop couldn’t find.