ESPN Super Retriever Series: The dog days of fall

Updated: April 4, 2005, 5:52 PM ET
By Jeff Windmueller and Montana Kaimin | Special to ESPN Great Outdoor Games

Ninja sat trembling with anxiety at his handler's side awaiting his command to tear through the brush. The first duck launched, and a shot fired; the second, and the same. Armand Fangsrud swung left almost 180 degrees and fired the third and final round.

Then Fangsrud shouted the release signal "Ninja," and the 2-and-a-half-year-old black labrador struck out at a blistering pace, down a steep hill and headed toward the riverbank. But before he could pierce the stream's frigid water the ...

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