CH OTCH (5) MACH (2) Kanduit’s Fleuve de la Vie UDX 2

1999 – 2014



River was the 18th dog in all-breed history to achieve the 3 championships CH OTCH MACH.

His obedience career includes 570 OTCH points, 58 First Placements, 30 High in Trials,13 High Combineds, and 25 UDX legs.

He was the #1 Herding Dog at the 2006 AKC National Obedience Invitational, and was in the final eight teams to compete.

River and agility partner Jean Owen competed in the AKC Agility Nationals, and in a huge class of 138, placed 16th among the best 24-inch dogs in the country.

River was also the first Belgian Malinois in history to earn both a Breed Championship and an Obedience Trial Championship, and the second Malinois to earn the three championships CH OTCH MACH.

He was the #1 ranked Belgian Malinois in competitive obedience in the United States from 2001 – 2006.

I’ve always told you that I am the luckiest mom in the world to have you by my side. We’ve traveled the country, met thousands of people, and you have been the finest ambassador, forever eager to share your heart and turn every stranger into a new friend with your instant offer of a hug and a kiss. Looking into your bright sweet eyes as you prance beside me in the obedience ring is pure joy.  Everywhere, your deep and unmistakable bark tells all that you are about to leave the start line at Jean’s soft word. We have years more of hiking, swimming, cuddling and chest rubs, and I look forward to every one.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.”

thank you Stony – you take my breath away

River diving off a dock at 11 years old

River diving off a dock at 11 years old

River jumping the double bar