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Roseburg dog overcomes odds to win Outstanding Amateur Field Trial Retriever award

Owner Andy Kahn was honored at a ceremony with the Purina Outstanding Open and Derby Field Trial Retriever Award winners in May 2017 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. (Photo courtesy Nestle Purina)

ST. LOUIS, Missouri – Not even the early stages of lameness could keep a black Labrador retriever named “Ivy” sidelined from the 2016 field trial season, which ended by winning the 2016 Purina Outstanding Amateur Field Trial Retriever award.

In 2015, Dottie Ray’s Ivy League was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in both wrists, but the 9-year-old female bounced back strong to garner 31 points from five amateur stake wins in the yearlong competition.

“Ivy is a mentally sharp dog with a huge heart and endless drive. The tougher the trial, the greater her focus,” said handler Andy Kahn of Roseburg, who owns Ivy with his wife, Shirley.

Bred by Rodger and Donna Fangsrud of Missoula, Montana, Ivy also was a finalist at the national Retriever Championship in 2016 at the National Amateur Retriever Championship in 2013 and 2014, winning the 2013 NARC in Mondovi, Wisconsin.

Kahn was honored at a ceremony with the Purina Outstanding Open and Derby Field Trial Retriever Award winners in May in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he received an oil painting of Ivy by artist Ross young, a satin award banner, an engraved award plaque, and a year supply of Purina Pro Plan dog food.

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