We were thrilled to watch three of Cooper’s brothers — Tiki, Gunner, and Ziggy Stardust — do their stuff at the WC/WCX (working certificate/working certificate excellent). These are breed-specific tests of retrieving abilities. For the WC, the dog has to do a double land retrieve and two single water retrieves. For the WCX, it’s a triple land retrieve and a water double, with an honor added to the mix. For this WCX, the honor was paired with the land retrieves.
Tiki came up from Georgia, Gunner down from Ontario, Canada, and Ziggy Stardust from Massachusetts. All three of them passed the WC.
Watching these three at work was a real pleasure and inspiration. All three of them showed a lot of dash and style, and an eagerness to fetch and deliver the ducks.
We were sorry that Cooper couldn’t join us in Maryland — he’d most likely have passed the WC, too, and loved every minute of it, just like his brothers. We’ll just have to wait until October when a WC test is available to us in Washington State.