The Kid, a Knight in shining armor

They call him "The Kid"

They call him “The Kid”

But from afar, I have admired his black beauty and known him as Knight. When we ventured off on our road trip, we had a mission. A side trip was to photograph some really beautiful borzoi. Aside from the puppies of the litter, Knight is the baby, he’s 19 months old and a bundle of pure joy.

Warming up for things to come

Warming up for things to come

Knight had no problem showing off his athleticism. He is solid muscle and fur.

He did a number of dances for us as he chased after his toys.

He did a number of dances for us as he chased after his toys

The air catch

The air catch

I don’t know that he had a favorite toy, as long as it flew through the air, he seemed to love that one best.

A retriever and a bringer backer

A retriever and a bringer backer

Just call him twinkle toes.

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Throw after throw, he brought the toys back to go after them again.

Born to be an air dog

Born to be an air dog

It was a thrill to visit the pool that Knight trains to be a dock diver. Clearly all of the fetch he does in the yard trains him well to perform and compete in dock diving.

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And because he is a big dog, his splashes are so impressive.

Catching some air

Catching some air

It was fun to watch him practice.

Of course, the location of the dock diving was amazing. The pool was beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to jump in and go for a swim.

The landing

The landing

He was so graceful, he nearly walked on water.

Returning with the prize

Returning with the prize

He knew what his job was and every time, he swam back with his prize.

The reward

The reward

His reward for all of his hard work was a double cheeseburger and a game of tug-o-war.

Portrait of the ever so handsome Knight

Portrait of the ever so handsome Knight

Who could possibly say no to this face? I’m still smitten.

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And at the end of the day, this guy was just a silly, happy puppy.

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