Flat-Coated Retrievers - Echo

Our current dog is Echo (because he is a little echo of his dad, our previous flat-coat Trip). He was born May 18, 2020 and he came home with us July 20. His mom is Eve, a Master Hunter owned by Candy and Ed Ferner. After she failed her first Master test, she passed the next 5 in a row to earn her title; a really impressive record. (Only around 25-30% of dogs typically pass any given 2-day test.)

Echo's official name is

CH Sanderling Eagles Wings CD RE CGC TKN JH WCX
[Sire: GCHB CH Kistryl Clocks Fall Back CDX BN GO RM2 RAE SH CGC TKA WCX (Int CH)]
[Dam: CH Moonstone Eve at Sanderling CD MH WCX]

Echo earned his Working Certificate (WC) from the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America on May 23, 2021, just after his first birthday, at the Great Western Flat-Coated Retriever Club test. After acting like a goofball and refusing to get his feet wet at a couple of AKC hunting tests later in the year, he finally finished his AKC Junior Hunter title at the Inland Valley Retriever Club test on March 19, 2022. He seems to have engaged his two or three functioning brain cells now that he's a bit older, so hopefully a Senior Hunter title won't be too far off in the future. In the mean time, he also earned his WCX at the next Great Western Flat-Coated Retriever Club test on October 8, 2022.

He has also been working on his obedience-type training. He earned his Rally Novice (RN) title on January 8, 2022 at the Palm Springs show. He followed that with his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Trick Dog Novice (TKN) titles on February 26 and his Rally Advanced title on February 27, 2022 at the Silver Bay Kennel Club show in San Diego. His Rally Excellent title followed not long after at the Del Sur Rally Trials on April 30, 2022.

He is also doing his regular obedience classes. He picked up the three legs needed in two weekends for his Companion Dog (CD) title after passing three consecutive Novice tests. The first was at the Pasanita Obedience Club trials on October 30, 2022, then at the San Gabriel Valley Kennel Club trials on November 5, and at the Obedience Club of San Diego County trials on the 6th.

Echo finally earned his first points toward his Champion conformation title by going Best of Breed at the Malibu Kennel Club show on March 3, 2022. This was a 3-point major. After picking up another point on Saturday, he went Best of Breed again on Sunday the 6th at the Beverly Hills Kennel Club for his second major and even managed to place second in the Owner-Handler Sporting Group. In the space of four days he went from no points to more than halfway to his Champion label.

After picking up a few more single points over subsequent weeks, Echo went Best of Breed for the third time at the Rio Hondo Kennel Club show on May 7, 2022. Since it was a 4-pointer, Echo finished his title and is now a Champion.

Some pictures of Echo are located in the photo gallery and more pictures of his whole litter can be found at the Sanderling website. He is definitely a chip off the old block and we look forward to seeing if he can equal or better his dad.

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Last update: 2022-11-07