Owner-handler Bill Benson of Northfield, Illinois, brought his stylish, high-drive 9-year-old black female Labrador Retriever “Roxie” to the 2015 National Amateur Retriever Championship in Ronan, Montana, with one goal in mind — to have fun. Acing 10 challenging series of multiple land and water marks and blinds, NAFC-FC Hardscrabble Roxie McBunn outperformed 134 retrievers to give Benson his first National win. Only five weeks before the event, Benson had a scare when he discovered a mammary lump on Roxie that fortunately was benign. Roxie’s pro trainer, Ray Voigt of Handjem Retrievers in Montello, Wisconsin, credits the retriever’s “intelligence, athletic condition and natural ability in helping to set her apart from the competition.” Having qualified for nine Nationals, including four National Opens, during her stellar career, Roxie is fed Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula.
Published July 2015