Portuguese Water Dogs

GCH Rustyco Nod to the Workin Man, CGC, AOM

DOB: 2/25/2009 Pedigree

(AKC Grand Champion, UKC Champion)

CHIC: 74733

A CHIC number is given by the Canine Health Information Center. CHIC is jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). It signifies that all required breed health testing has been done.

ECR CLEAR (10/10/2013)
IC13: Carrier of Improper Coat
JDCM: Normal

BOB and Group Second in Oregon!

Surfari entered the Brownsville, Oregon shows the Sunday, Sept. 8, before the PWDCA Specialty. Willie came away with a Best of Breed under Judge Eric Liebes, and a Group Second under Judge Robert Shreve!

Thanks to Meg Callea for the photos!

Litter Announcement!

Willie has sired another litter with CH Rustyco Leanor, who is owned by Janet Voss and Julie Rust. Willie and Leanor won Brace at the 2010 PWDCA Specialty. Their litter is due around July 8, 2013. Contact Julie and Ty Rust at Rustyco for more information.


Willie x Revel Litter

Willie and Revel Puppies have all gone to their homes. See more pictures here (April, 2013).


2012 PWDCA

Willie earned the first leg of his Beginner Novice Obedience A at the National Specialty! (October, 2012)

Hangtown KC

Mike handled Willie to a Best of Breed at Hangtown KC on Sunday, May 27, 2012. This was special for Mike as he hasn’t handled WIllie often. Great job, Willie!


Yosemite KC

Willie earned two Bests of Opposite at the two-day Yosemite KC in Merced over Easter Weekend, 2012. Handled by David and Mike!

Sun Maid KC

Willie was awarded Best of Breed at the second Sun Maid KC show in Fresno on Sunday, February 6, 2012. Judge Pat Hastings. Handler extraordinare David Bueno. Was it worth missing the Super Bowl? We think so!


Willie and David earned an AOM from Judge David Haddock at the Sunday Del Valle Show (October, 2011).


Willie has earned another BOS from Judge Michele L. Billings at the Sir Francis Drake KC, Sept. 18, 2011.

Willie has had a very strong summer 2011! Since the Woofstock shows, Willie has racked up four Best of Opposites, a Select, and two Bests in Breeds with a Group Second! We'd like to thank David Bueno and Becky Morin for showing Willie beautifully along with Lynn these past weeks.

As of August, 2011, he was only a few points away from his AKC Grand Championship.

In May 2011, Willie started his campaigning with the Mission Circuit in Southern California. In five days, Willie earned three major Selects towards his Grand Championship, culminating on Sunday May 30, 2011 with a Best of Opposite Sex to Breed. Thanks to our friend Pam Lambie for handling Willie to these wins!


One highlight of Willie's show career so far is certainly the 2010 Portuguese Water Dog Club of American National Specialty (San Luis Obispo, CA) in October, 2010. Willie was one of the last six dogs (twelve dogs and bitches total) left after final cuts in the Best of Breed competition—handled by breeder Ty Rust. This was his first time in the BOB Ring.

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Photos by C. Michael McCallum

In addition, Willie (along with his half-sister, Rustyco Lenore, and handled by Mike) took first place in Brace at the Specialty.

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Photos by C. Michael McCallum (left) and Nancy Gaffney

In the summer of 2010, Willie started his water work training, narrowly missing his Apprentice Water Dog title on his first try.
Photo by Bill Kinney/Flying Jibe Photography

In May 2010, Willie began his show career in earnest when we moved him into the Open Dog class. By the end of July, Willie had earned his AKC Championship, with four major wins, finishing in beautiful Carmel under judge Dr. R.J. Graff.

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Photos by Cook Photography/

In late 2009, Willie began his show career:

  • In October, Willie took First Place in the 6-9 Puppy Dog Sweepstakes at the Northern California PWD Club Specialty in Pleasanton, CA.
  • In November, Willie earned Best Puppy in Group Match the night before the Stockton Turkey Circuit, narrowly missing Best In Match.
  • Group Firsts in two AKC Sanctioned Matches.
  • He notched two Reserve Winners Dog ribbons.
  • Also in November, Willie became a UKC Champion at the Gold Country Hounds and Hunters shows in Roseville, CA.

Willie (6 months old) and Lynn

Willie comes to us from Rustyco Kennels in Stockton, CA, out of Ferrusca (Ch. Del Sur’s Rustyco Bit o’ the Bud) and Giorgio (Ch. Rustyco Giorgio de Toraq). This was a litter of 11, including six females and five males. His registered name is Rustyco Nod to the Workin’ Man.