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Labrador retriever from Norman is American Kennel Club's 2013 national agility champion

Henry, a black Labrador retriever owned by Dennis Butler of Norman and Hubert Bereman of Oklahoma City, is the American Kennel Club's 2013 national champion agility dog. The 8-year-old Labrador won the title last month at the American Kennel Club's National Agility Championships in Tulsa.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 20, 2013

“Henry just took to it really well,” Dennis Butler said. “Labs aren't really known to be super agility dogs, but being bred the way he is, he is really quite the athlete.”

Henry has qualified for the national championships each of the past three years and this was his first title.

Butler said Henry also is an outstanding retriever.

“He is one fine field dog,” Butler said. “He loves duck hunting and is just crazy about pheasant hunting. He has been out many times doing both of those. That's a good break from training.

“He's fun to watch. That is the best part of the duck hunting with him, just watching him go get ‘em. He just does everything at a high rate of speed.”

In addition to this year's national championship, Henry became a Master Agility Champion in 2012 by finishing first in more than 60 agility competitions and earning second place in more than 30 more.

But in many ways Henry is very much like any other Labrador, Butler said.

“He is a tail-wagging, loving Labrador,” Butler said. “It's an incredible honor to work with a national champion and to bring a title to Oklahoma, but Henry obviously enjoys his treats and a good scratch behind the ears much more than the honors and accolades.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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