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Tory - a black Labrador Retriever
Tory - a black Labrador Retriever

Multi-talented Labrador

Tory was a multi-talented Labrador that earned titles and awards in several venues. For example:

Four-time recipient of the LRCGD’s Retriever Achiever award

Earned four Rally titles in 29 straight runs with a perfect score and several placements

He also earned Hunting Retriever AND Upland Hunter AND Senior Hunter titles

Conformation Certificate award recipient

Sire of Tater, a guide at Rocky Mountain Roosters


OFA Good (hips)
CERF (eyes)

CNM Clear (muscle myopathy)
EIC Clear (exercise-induced collapse)


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Pasion’s Big Kahuna Tank Marusich
Aspen Marusich
Pasion’s Liliokalani Cox’s Snickers Bar
Lady Trixie Larue
Knight’s Tail Dehlia JH
FC-AFC River Oaks Way-Da-Go Rocky FC-AFC Canis Major’s River Bear
Timberlane Samantha
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Erin’s Edge Hard Case

Tory worked hard and played hard

Ducks are more fun to retrieve

At 5 months he thought pigeons were nice to retrieve, but not much more than a mouthful. Ducks are lots more fun!

He loved the water, especially when there was a high bank so he could make a big water entry. Here he found a shallow spot during a Junior water mark at Indian Meadows.

Retrieving a water mark during a hunt test

We had a surprise at one Junior test. The water portion was set up on a fast-moving creek and we’d only trained in ponds. The dogs had to swim across the 30-yard-wide creek and climb out the other side to retrieve their birds. Naturally many dogs were carried several yards downstream as they swam across, but not Tory. As a powerful dog with big feet, he motored there and back.

Tory earned his Junior Hunter (JH) title with judges complimenting him on his nice work. One of our training partners commented that he made the ground shake when he exploded from the line!

Continued training

In our quest for upper-level hunt test titles, Tory had to learn to handle. In addition to picking up birds he saw, he learned how to take directions to birds he didn’t see fall. This involved teaching him to run to a pile of bumpers on command. Then learning how to stop on a whistle and take a new direction.

Once he understood what I wanted, I could send him to a downed bird anywhere on land or water.

Tory, a black Lab, shown finishing his Senior Hunter title

Here he is shown finishing his Senior Hunter title.

Tory also earned his Hunting Retriever title and two passes towards his Hunting Retriever Championship. I have no doubt he would have finished his HRCH, but he was sidelined by another health issue.

More than a field dog

As a multi-talented Labrador, he burned up the Rally ring – earning four titles with 29 passes in a row!

He earned his CD title in the obedience ring and passed the Canine Good Citizen test as a puppy.

Tory also attended the 2004 Labrador Retriever Club National Specialty where he earned a Conformation Certificate. Breeder-judge, Barbara Holl, said that he had a “good overall outline [with] lovely feet and bone.”

Labrador wins Obedience and Rally awards

After a great weekend at the Denver Cluster shows in February 2006, Tory received:

  • A qualifying score in Novice obedience to finish his CD title (just missing the ribbons by ½ point).
  • Two qualifying scores in Rally Advanced to finish his RA title with a 2nd and a 4th place (winning a latte mug and a candleholder).
  • Two qualifying scores in Rally Excellent toward his RE title.
  • Two medals for finishing two titles.

Tory LOVED the Rally ring! Here he shows his happy face as he worked on a double qualifying score in Rally Advanced and Rally Excellent.

Black Lab competing in Rally obedience

Photo by Carolyn Tremer.

Black Labrador Retriever earning a Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) title

Tory finished his REA title with 29 straight passes, winning several placements and earning a perfect 100 score along the way.

Shown finishing his title under judge JoAnna Yund in January 2007. Who knows just what Tory will tackle next!.

Multi-talented Labrador and wonderful companion

Casually surveying his kingdom, Tory loved climbing the 6-foot snow drift after our April blizzard. From there he could watch the other dogs to make sure they didn’t break any rules.

Black Lab on a 6-foot snow drift in Colorado
Tory watching the birds go down during a duck hunt

With his big, webbed feet and tons of desire, he was a great duck hunting companion.

We’re ready to go! Taking over co-pilot duties on one of our many adventures.

Tory was a great co-pilot on our many adventures

As a multi-talented Labrador he took on many roles, including a ghost, the tin man, Harry Potter, and Darth Vader. Check it out at Halloween Costumes.

You may also like a story about Tory and his sister, Arwen.

3/16/2003 – 11/5/2015
Tory, you may be gone from my SIGHT,
but you are NEVER gone from my HEART.

I miss you T!

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