Rising Tide's River King TKI VHMA VHMP
Call Name: Reef
Owner: Michael Spiotta
Breed: Border Collie
Color: Black & White (Carries Red, Tri & Saddle Tan)| Has the Red Intensity Gene)
Coat: medium rough (Carries Curly Coat)
OFA Hips: pending
OFA Elbows: pending
OFA Shoulders: pending
Reef is exactly what we were hoping for in our keeper male from this litter. He’s the sweetest boy and loves to do things together. We joke that he’s a little more “do” and a little less “think,” but as he’s begun to mature, he’s really turned in to the total package. He’s always ready to work when asked, but has a fantastic “off switch” at home!
Reef is a dream to train. Always eager to please and happy to work! He loves his people just as much as he loves food—and he REALLY loves food!
He has started to compete in Dock Diving and Disc, and is very close to titling in both sports! In Dock, he's competed twice with NADD and went from an 8' jump for his first recorded jump ever to a PB of 18'2" with virtually no practice. He’s also begun training in Flyball and has been a natural! He has also started foundation skills in agility! Reef loves to move and use his body, but he also has a fantastic nose. He does everything with exuberance, and scent work is no different. He will begin trialing in scent work in early 2024 and we expect big things from him!
Reef is more than just a great sports dog though—he’s a fantastic companion! Reef loves other dogs, and loves spending time with us. He’s our little mountain goat on the trails, and will happily bound up a mountain with Mike, or going forging head on into a stream or lake for a swim!
In the year ahead our goals are to really go head on into scent work and dock diving! We are hoping for Reef to qualify for the NADD Northeast Regionals this year (fingers crossed for Nationals). We also plan on really kicking it into gear with Flyball, and continuing to enjoy our time on the frisbee field!
TKN: October 2022
TKI: Nov 2023
Dock Novice DN: 3/5
Dock Junior DJ: 2/5
Dock Senior DS: 3/5
2023 PB: 18'2"
2nd Place Novice Division in Greedy at his debut event
VHMP: Aug 2022
VHMA: Nov 2023