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Provided by Owner - Charles Miller III 

 

"PERCY"

AKC NSDTR CH Forest Cove's Piece de Resistance WCX, SH 

 

Available At Stud

 

For Pedigree Information Click on the Picture Below 

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Percy came to us as an eight-week-old bundle of fur on June 25th, 2015.  I had driven across town to the Beaverton area to inspect a litter bred by Steve and Patti that I had been watching with much interest on the internet.  After a getting to meet the pups   and talking with the breeders about their evaluations, it was decided that I would take Mr. Black home with me that day.  I did not realize at the time what a significant decision that was to become.

           

Percy joined my wife, Jill, our other Toller, Schwanzie, our two cats and me at our home south of Portland, Or.  He immediately fit in with our family and got along famously with the other pets, although the Schwanz did feel free to discipline Percy when he needed it.  Early on Percy showed potential for field work.  He proved to be a dedicated retriever and had no fear of water or the field.   He swam freely in the river before 10 weeks and was doing bumper retrieves in the big river at 12 weeks of age.  He also loved his birds.

           

Since his older brother was involved in field work and hunting, it proved to be a natural progression for Percy to follow in his footsteps.  His first bird hunting was for doves at just over 4 months and he went pheasant hunting with us in Montana at five months of age.  He flushed his first pheasant on that trip.

           

We started formal field training early.  Percy was extremely fast on retrieves and a very good marker.  He showed tremendous potential for the game and was a quick learner.  He passed his first 4 AKC JH test at 54 weeks and earned his JH at 13 months in four consecutive passes.  Skipping his WC, he was awarded his WCI in early June 2016 and earned his WCX in June of the following year.  We did take most of a year off of hunt tests while I was getting both my knees replaced and he was doing some remedial training to better handle the SH tests and he   attained his SH in mid-August 2018.

           

During the Fall of 2016 we decided to share Percy with the Toller community and had Darcy Cantor and crew take him to the NSDTR Specialty in California where he did win the open dog class in a small entry.  He was awarded his first AKC conformation show points going BOW in a California show shortly after the specialty and earned his CH on Jan 20, 2017, in Portland.

           

OK enough of titles.  Here are some observations of what Percy is really like.  Above all, he is not an alpha although he is intact.  He does extremely well with other dogs and loves to meet new people, both adults and children.  He does have an off switch and is certainly the easiest of our three Tollers to have live in our house.  His instant transition from calm house dog to dedicated, intense retriever constantly amazes me.  He loves his field work.  He would rather retrieve than eat most of the time.  He has nothing that we would consider a bad habit.  He will alert bark when needed, sounding like he weighs about 20 more pounds than his usual 45.  He does not roam, his recall is great, he does not chew or destroy anything in our home, he does not dig although he will take an occasional ripe tomato from the garden and he will eat pears fallen from the tree.  He has the greatest retrieving drive of our Tollers, although he has the least prey drive.  He would rather retrieve than chase squirrels.  He takes direction well and he brings us the morning paper from the bottom of our driveway.  Although he likes to be near us, he is not a snuggler or a nuzzler.   Sleeping in bed is not an option that he chooses, preferring cooler sleeping areas like the tile floor near an outside door.  Even on colder days he will seek out water in which to lie down and cool off when we are training where water is available.  He is great company in a duck blind.  He will occasionally place one of his front paws on your leg to get your attention when he deems it necessary, like when I am late for getting his dinner.

           

Percy is well built, shorter coupled, always sits straight, not wonky, and holds up to the rigors of field work and hunting.  He prefers cooler weather.  He dries off rapidly after swimming, fitting the definition of “wash and wear”.  He has eaten every food we have given him without issue, he is not a puker and he rides calmly in his crate in the truck or SUV.  Also, he does not “Toller Scream”.

           

So, like many Toller owners, I cannot say enough nice things about my dog.  He is very handsome, pleasant, happy and, rarely, a little goofy.  He gets so many compliments from other dog people and we can take him anywhere.  He is my main avenue for stress relief.  I just can’t help but smile when I look at him.  He could not be a better fit for our home and for the avenues in training we wish to pursue.  Both Jill and I love him dearly and consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have him live with us.  He is a special dog.

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