Patches 

October 5, 1984 — February 21, 2009

 Penny Woodward 

A throw away from a puppy mill became a loving companion and a life long friend.  I am so glad you came into my life.  What a great dog.

From the AKC Breed Standard:

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a versatile family companion hunting retriever with a happy and active demeanor, intelligent expression, and clean lines. The Flat-Coat has been traditionally described as showing “power without lumber and raciness without weediness.” The distinctive and most important features of the Flat-Coat are the silhouette (both moving and standing), smooth effortless movement, head type, coat and character.