This is much harder than it looks.

This is the Southern Golden Retriever Display Team performing at CRUFTS 2010. I have seen them perform better than this but still am very impressed. In my own freestyle training years ago, we tried these team exercises. They are really, really tough.

The fact that a Golden was distracted by some previous scent in the arena was actually a bonus. The group continued with their performance, the dog finally after a few mishaps getting in step ….. making the piece that much more dear.

Leads them through parade route to safety

Joel Armstrong, a cool Washington state banker, helped a family of ducks reach the local river.

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For the past 35 days, Armstrong watched as a mother duck nested on a ledge outside his office window, which is two blocks from the Spokane River in Washington state. On Saturday morning, Armstrong arrived in town for the annual Lilac Festival parade. Seeing the newly hatched ducklings nervously pacing back and forth on the ledge, he knew they were stuck. Their mother stood waiting below, but the jump off the ledge was too far for the ducklings.

Armstrong hasn’t played baseball since grade school, but he stepped up to the plate ready to help. Standing below the ledge, he caught each duckling as they leapt into his waiting hands below. By the time it was over, a crowd had gathered for the parade. To the sound of cheers and applause, the mother duck led her ducklings to water.