Hamilton's Copper Devil
I rescued Copper when he was around 3 months old. He was a mess.
He rode home in the back of my truck and threw up leftover people food that had
been fed to him. So of course, he got to ride the rest of the way in the front seat.
He had worms. He wasn't vaccinated. He was terrified of new people and
dogs. He would try to run and hit the end of the leash and start snapping he was so
scared. He submissive urinated for the longest time. I honestly tried to find
a good home for him. The right home just didn't come up. I was told I couldn't
find the perfect home for him because he was already in it. And that was the truth.
I finally gave in and admitted that I had fallen in love with him the minute I saw
him. And I found an apartment that would allow me to legally keep both Sadie and
Copper. It sure was neat to have a puppy around who was so appreciative of the
things we take for granted. The first time I took him on an off-leash walk in the
woods he found a patch of tall grass and ran into it. He ran in a circle and came
out on the path with a bewildered yet blissful look on his face. Then he darted back
in and ran a few more laps. He was in heaven. He has such a zest for life
which gets him into trouble sometimes. I'd say he's as close to normal now as he'll
Copper has earned his Companion Dog (CD) title in ASCA with 1
leg towards his CDX. He has his Companion Dog Excellent title in UKC and
He loves flyball. He has earned his FGDCh
(30,000 points) title from NAFA. He has earned the Top Flight II (TF-II) flyball title in U-Fli. He
has been retired from flyball and he's not happy about that but his body sure
He'll be eleven years old in April.
He's also doing pretty well at agility. He has earned his
U-AGII title in UKC agility. He has earned his O-NAC, O-NJC, EJC, TN-O
and O-NCC and TG-N titles in NADAC. He's doing very well except for hitting the
contacts. He definitely has the speed. And our teamwork is vastly
improving. We currently compete in CPE and occasionally NADAC.
He also excels at tracking. If I don't wear gloves he
burns up my hands on the first leg. He's pretty good on the turns.
We haven't tracked much in years but now that he's getting older and slowly
being retired from other sports I think we'll start doing more tracking.
Maybe go for some Schutzhund tracking titles. We passed his Schutzhund BH
so we can do tracking test when we're ready.
We've also done a bit of weight pulling. He does pretty
well at it. But has since been retired from weight pulling too.
Copper's Agility Pictures
Copper's Show Record
Copper out at Lone Lake in the winter.
Copper charging me at Lone Lake in the fall.
Another of Copper on the dock at Lone Lake.
Copper waiting for a parade to start.
Another of Copper waiting for a parade to start.
He was in excellent shape that summer.
He loves his tennis balls.
Copper as a puppy. Yes, that is dirt and a plant between his front legs.