Chance was whelped 12-18-84 and competed in AKC dog shows between August of 1985 and June of 1988, when he finished the requirements for his bench championship. He finished his Junior Hunter (JH) title in October of 1987 and acquired two of the four legs necessary for his Senior Hunter (SH) and earned his Hunting Retriever (HR) title from HRC before being permanently retired from competition. His retirement was due to my increased involvement in field trials, starting with Tarn.
Chance was always a relatively unsteady dog (he wanted birds so much he tended to leave before being commanded to do so) during competitions and reducing the training he got left him too likely to "break" at hunting tests, resulting in failure. His skills at retrieving were otherwise more than adequate; he trained at a master level and was an excellent hunting dog.
Chance was very healthy until after the age of 11. He was OFA good and had his elbows approved by OFA just two months short of his 11th birthday. He passed his last CERF exam with good eyes just two months before his death. Just after his 11th birthday he developed some problems with his lower back that slowed him down, although he was still able to do moderate retrieving work. Shortly after his 12th birthday, he had a mast cell tumor removed that contained very agressive growth cancer cells. Various tests showed no other areas of his body to be involved, but the cancer returned with a vengeance in his lymph system in April of 1997. Despite our best efforts, Chance lost his battle on May 22, 1997.
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