In mid-July 2014, Soldier injured his left eye, resulting in a lacerated cornea. Even though all the right treatment options were provided to him, Soldier developed glaucoma, and his left eye was removed in mid-August 2014. However, this has not slowed him down in the slightest, and he continues to work extremely capably across several performance disciplines, including Obedience, Rally Obedience, Tracking, Agility, Dances With Dogs, and Endurance.
In spite of his missing eye, Soldier is a lovely, well put together little dog, and in May 2017 he earned his final points towards his Neutered Champion title. His achievements in the show ring include a Best Neuter in Group over three other exhibits under breed specialist Mr Allan Mae in November 2015, an 8 point Neuter of Breed and a Runner Up Best Neuter in Group under judge Mr Iain Hinde in November 2016, a 9 point Neuter of Breed and a 15 point Best Neuter in Group under judge Miss Elaine Davies in December 2016, and a 7 point Best Neuter in Group under judge Mr Ken Hodge and a Runner Up Best Neuter in Show under judge Mrs Janice Campbell in April 2017.
Soldier shows great promise in the performance ring. He is bright, and a very quick learner, and is earning some very nice scores and feedback along the way. Even in the event that he is hampered by his missing eye, Soldier's enthusiasm never wavers, and this has made him stand out to judges and spectators from around Victoria and interstate, who all seem to remember him and applaud him for doing his best.
2014 - Rally Novice title
2014 - Rally Advanced title
2015 - Rally Excellent title
2015 - Community Companion Dog title
2015 - Jumping Dog title
2016 - Endurance Test title (fourth CKCS in Victoria/thirteenth CKCS in Australia)
2017 - Rally Advanced Excellent title
2017 - Neutered Champion title
2017 - Snooker Dog title
2019 - Tracking Dog title
2019 - Heelwork to Music Starter title
2019 - Rally Master title
2019 - Freestyle Starter title