At first I didn't like Spud very much. For about three days, I pouted and wouldn't play with him or even play with my mom and dad. I did not like that big yellow thing being in my home! But soon I realized that my mom and dad still loved me just as much and that Spud was actually fun to play with. Besides, I could boss him around!
Spud is very different from me. I'm all business, very intense about everything I do whether going for a walk or retrieving, or even just playing in the yard. Spud, on the other hand, is so mellow and laid-back. I don't even think that boy knows the meaning of the word "intense." My mom and dad are always saying how sweet and loving he is. That's true. Spud has the kind of face that just melts people's hearts. My mom is going to have him certified to be what she calls a Therapy Dog. I'm sure Spud will do quite well!!
My brother didn't like dock diving at first. As a matter of fact, he would sleep through all of my practices and even slept through one of my events one time. He had no interest at all. Here is a short video of my mom and dad trying to get him interested. You can see, he only wanted to run around and play.
But then, all of a sudden, one day Spud began acting like he wanted to go up on the dock. Then he wanted to jump in the water. And now he dock dives....just like me! As a matter of fact, he's gotten so good that he is jumping as far as me at times.
Here's a photo of my dad and Spud at his first event. He won a medal for participation. Doesn't he look handsome!!!
And here's another video of him jumping at a practice recently. (There's a little of me also!)
You can see how he's improved! As a matter of fact, at a recent event in Columbus, Georgia, Spud set a new personal best of 17'10" which is only 3 feet less than my personal best!! He also got his Senior Title. That's quite amazing, considering the fact that only 5 months ago, he was sleeping through all of my practices and events!
Here are some photos of Spud dock diving. This one was at the Nashville event.