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lynette
01-03-2008, 01:40 AM
I've just read the whole lot too and I can't believe I didn't post on it originally, I had to go to my profile to see when I joined (how sad)
My name is Lynette.My age makes you guys look young. I have identical ten year old twin boys(late in life babes) I'm a merchandiser for a major bakery company.
Oh, I also have three black labs, 2 pensioners and one young and foolish one, she's my 5th lab, our first two were chocolate and I'm now looking for another chockie dog.I like to play in field and retreiving, obedience and agility and when I'm really bored I do shows...haven't done one for over 12 months.
I live in sunny and hot Queensland while Aussie lives in cold and wet Victoria although at the moment Victoria is hot and sunny while Queensland is wet,windy and cold but we still have a drought.
How even sadder the date I joined is next to my post (told you I was old)

greg magee
01-03-2008, 07:11 AM
Hi Greg Magee here
I bought my first Lab in the late 80ís then bought James Lamb Freeís book and found out I did everything wrong. But in that book was a description of the 1967 National Championship. I was hooked. I said I could do that. Did a lot of research and bought a Candlewoods M. D. Houston pup sight unseen. I used a couple of summer vacations from my real job splitting atoms and worked for Pat Nolan in exchange for him teaching me about collar conditioning and advanced field work. Best vacations I ever had. Got lucky and found out Bruce Mitchell lived 300 yards away. Together he, Scott Martin and I formed one of the best collections of Amateur trainers that I know of. John Cavanaugh, Russell Foster, Randy and Mindy Bohn, Bart Clark, Ed Brennan. (Ken Erickson was an honorary member) There were other people that floated in and out but this was the core of the group. For those of you who donít know who John Cavanaugh is he is the most driven and knowledgeable dog men Iíve ever met. A real amateur that worked all day and trained every minute after that. I consider myself very lucky to have had him as a mentor during my formidable years as a dog person. I found that I liked training more than trialing and after having a couple all age dogs just started training one dog at a time and then moving them on to people who wanted a started dog. Just getting back into the game after a short break. Looking forward to see every one out there. Train hard and compete even harder. Greg

Miriam Wade
01-03-2008, 07:32 AM
Greg Magee wrote:


For those of you who donít know who John Cavanaugh is he is the most driven and knowledgeable dog men Iíve ever met. A real amateur that worked all day and trained every minute after that. I consider myself very lucky to have had him as a mentor during my formidable years as a dog person.

John Cavanaugh is a class act all the way. He has a reputation for training hard. He won't remember meeting me, but when I went to a FT just to see what they were-he took the time to offer some constructive advice and background on dogs, training, etc. At the time I believed that FT dogs were these crazy out of control animals that needed to be in order to go the distance on marks. LOL I find that hysterically funny now that some folks still believe that. John Cavanaugh's (as well as the majority of the dogs there) were calm, intense and focused and he had working them on line down to a science.

One of the things I liked best about him is that he really seemed to be in this because he enjoyed the dogs and training and he wasn't competitive to the point of alienating other folks. Seemed like a real gentleman. Is he still training?

M

Granddaddy
01-03-2008, 07:49 AM
Greg Magee wrote:



Seemed like a real gentleman (John Cavanaugh). Is he still training?

M

I judged at the Metro Alliance trial in early Dec where John was also judging. From our conversations I didn't get the impression that John was training at this time. Did have a interesting discussion with him about Chavez who he handled a number of times. Interesting guy with lots of experience & knowledge.

greg magee
01-03-2008, 08:01 AM
John C. is taking a break from trials after burning out and playing some golf. He'll be back.

Donna Kerr
01-03-2008, 03:02 PM
I canít believe I missed this thread, Iíve been on this site for over 4 years and donít remember seeing it before. My name is Donna and I am an Army brat. Born in Texas and Iíve lived in Georgia, Germany, Kansas, Arizona, West Virginia and Wisconsin. I call Green Bay home and hopefully always will. I pay my bills by working as a Technical Illustrator for a leading outdoor power equipment manufacturer. I do custom motorcycle painting and wildlife paintings on the side and enjoy motorcycles, camping, fishing, hunting and pretty much anything outdoors. My first dog was a pound mutt that my Dad got when I was two, she died when I was 15 and I loved her dearly. Before she died a guy who know my Dad was being transferred overseas and had a Golden Retriever he couldnít keep. He asked my Dad if we would take him (my Dad had to ask me what a Golden Retriever was) and Dad gave him to me. That is how I got my first hunting dog. He was pro-trained (I wasnít) with a fantastic pedigree and all kinds of certificates that meant nothing to me. All I know was my Dad kept saying that this guy paid $500.00 (this is like 1975) for this dog that he just ďgaveĒ to me. I had two other Goldens after Barney but he was by far my favorite. Now I have Trooper, my first Lab but he wonít be my last. I adore this dog and even though he has been a handful he sure is fun!!

Uncle Bill
01-03-2008, 07:02 PM
Holy Moly...was this a swing through memory lane. It's great to 'get to know' so many RTFers and RTFettes...some over and over again.(BTW, Mary, did you ever get to judge Fast Woodie?)

It's indeed sad that so many posters on this thread are no longer active on RTF. But it's nice to view so many newbys, and get to know something about them.

We are still missing adequate gut-spilling from such notables as Mr. Fallon, K.G., Arturo Toscanini, El Bubba, and that blond babe...wotsername. And for that matter, where the hayel has Ed been hiding out? Sodak pheasant season is over, Ed...go home.

UB

Bubba
01-03-2008, 07:31 PM
I would love to participate, but better wait till the last few statute of limitation things run out.

Misspent youth regards

Bubba

Debbie C
01-03-2008, 08:06 PM
Wow!!! This has been here a while. Very interesting to read about everybody and what they do for a living.
My name is Debora Hanson, and I live in Marathon Ontario. I moved here in 1990 and have been working underground as a miner for the last 18 years. I am originally from Lynn Lake Manitoba. I have two kids..daughter is 24, married with two of her own and lives in Evansville Indianna, and I have a 22 year old son who still lives here with us...(i gotta stop cooking with cheese!!!)
I love hunting big game and wild turkey and I have my GRAND SLAM!!! And I love to fish and camp as well. I have two labs, (that are both retarded.) I just discovered the Hunt Test Game in 2006 just after I got my second dog. I work alone with TONS of help from the great folks here on the RTF forum as well as the Canadian Hunting dog forum and all the great training vidios and books I have as well.

Debbie

Kevin Eskam
01-03-2008, 09:40 PM
We are Kevin and Barbara Eskam from Pierce Colorado. We are self employed and run 3 business. I tried the hunt test game with 2 labs about 2 years ago, I got hooked! I now have 7 labs, 2 of them 1 pass away from there seasoned title, 3 others with there SHR title! We love to Pheasant hunt, and love to spend time with our dogs, I never started training my dogs intil 3 years ago when we got Satin (our second) Now it has become a passion of mine, I totally enjoy watching the dogs learn and teach me what I dont know! My only complaint is that we do not have as many hunt tests as you all have in the south!! I look forward to meeting a few of you people at some tests this year! We have already met a bunch of nice people already at the tests. Have a great year!!! Kevin

cucklebur
01-03-2008, 11:48 PM
My name is Shannon Adcock and I live in Bono Arkansas (suburb of Jonesboro and 90 miles NW of Memphis). I work for the City Of Jonesboro as a professional fireman. I love to spend time with my family, love to duck hunt and just getting in the game of hunt testing. I have two labs, an eight year old female and a six month old male in the pic to the left. My female is just a pet and the male is the dog I am going to test in spring of '08. Trying to train the pup myself so I may be on here with some training questions.

Shannon

Suzanne Burr
01-04-2008, 01:53 AM
I'm Suzanne Burr from California. I've been a Realtor in the Salinas Valley and on the Monterey Peninsula for 21 years.
Saw my first litter of golden puppies when we lived in Wisconsin in the early '6os and it was love at first sight. We paid $100.00 (payments of $25.00 p/mo.) for a dog out of Roxanne of Arborvita X Stilrovin Luke Adew. We knew absolutely zero about retrievers, but thankfully we were rescued when we attended a picnic trial (a what?) We were taken under the wings of Charlie Morgan and Ray Sommers for field work and later on when our pup turned out to be a rather handsome fellow, by Del Glodowski in the breed ring. Rip made the Derby list in 3 trials and QAA'd right out of the Derby. He had 3 major reserves in the breed ring from the puppy class. We were hooked.
When we moved back to California, life and kids seemed to get in the way of field trials and it wasn't until our children were older that we became involved with them again.
My daughter was given a cute little lab puppy (I got to pick it out) and my husband had a young golden. I ended up with the lab pup and both dogs ran trials. My lab made the Derby list and became QAA'd shortly after and unfortunately died during a botched foxtail surgery. The golden didn't pan out. So he was sold and a "little red coyote" came into our lives. Smoken' Red Apache was a fantastic youngster who was everything a trial dog should be! Meanwhile, I had a chance to buy a started dog who overran every mark in the Derby....so naturally, I bought her. Nell went on to be QAA'd and always let me know I was there just to drive her to the trial grounds. Both Nell and Apache are 'still alive' today in many of the goldens running trials, including the cute little girl in my Avatar.
Went through a divorce some 20 yrs. ago and tho I've dabbled in obedience, the breed ring, and Hunt Tests, I love field trials most of all.
I don't have time for long or short walks on the beach and it seems the only time I go out at night is to air dogs!
Suzanne B

Richard Halstead
01-04-2008, 02:22 AM
I am the chronic unemployable Richard Halstead and don't do nuttin'. My dog died. I sometimes watch Netflix DVD's else I sit and think or other times I just sit. Hobbies?

PS Some of these intro's are like Christmas letters always mentioning the very good.

Dog Gone Regards,

RedstarKennels
01-04-2008, 08:36 AM
My name is Karen... Kim Moses back in Dec. of 2007, said I should join this group/forum..so I did. I got my first lab in the middle 70's from Kim...out of her Candy by Dave Morman's Abe...and got hooked...got another Candlewood's Mad Mouse Dog...and started to run dogs... I was raising two children and working for General Motors and was traveling on the road working with suppliers on Quality Issues...so the dogs took a back seat for a few years.
I also Showed Quarter Horses in Reining...but am now retired...and so is my last remaining horse... I have 5 labs, and bought from Kim Moses in August, HRHC Barnridge Hayseed Buba. I look forward to working with my Labs now on a full time basis...that is when I am not teaching my Mule ...to be a reining/trail mule... I guess if I have the patience to train a Mule...I'll really enjoy my labs...
I look forward to reading the posts and learning more from all of You! Thanks...

Terry Thomas
01-04-2008, 10:44 AM
It looks like I dodged this a few times in the past. My name is Terry Thomas I live in Connecticut. Trained my first dog, "Dutchess", for hunting in the late sixties. Started "Briar" in the mid seventies and then "Lady" followed by "Cajun". What a dog that boy was, a natural hunting machine. It wasn't until "Rascal" that I got into the dog games and he's the oldest still with me though he is retired. I have his oldest son "Sammy" also retired from the games but still a hunting fool. Then there's "Cali" my current female to rule the roost. And lastly I have a son of Cali and Rascal called "MeToo" who is showing a lot of promise. So much so that I'm going to repeat that breeding this month. I hope to always have a Lab or two at my side.

Sharon R.
01-04-2008, 12:29 PM
Big time lurker here. Don't know enough about field dogs in particular to post much, but I have sure learned a lot in these forums.

I live outside of Atlanta and I have a 2 YO male Flatcoat named Boone. I know most of y'all don't know much about Flatcoats, but they are true multi-purpose dogs, and I wanted versatility. Boone is a show Champion, has a couple of rally titles, will be starting for our CD next month, and he's in training for field, which he loves most of all. Poor boy has all kinds of desire and ability, he's hampered by me as a rookie trainer. I occasionally have folks to train with, but it's mostly me by myself, along with all the training materials I've acquired over the past year. Started out with a Jackie Mertens video, now I'm mostly following Lardy, but I've got this old book by James Lamb Free that's really interesting, among other miscellaneous stuff. I'm a member of the Atlanta Retriever Club, but their (few and far between) training days the past year always happened at a bad time for me, but hopefully 2008 will be better.

Fortunately I've found some great land to train on, and I'm not too far from a big ol' empty lake if it ever fills up again :)

Shupe25
01-04-2008, 01:57 PM
I'm Geoff and I've been a member since 2006. I live in Dewey Beach, DE, have a BA in English from Wesley College, and am on my second dog. He is a black lab, Shupe's King Aragorn of Dewey...call name "Strider." I'm a member of the Del Bay Retriever Club, am a bartender at Big Mike's (located in Dewey Beach), and work in real estate.

Sharon R.
01-04-2008, 02:42 PM
Geoff, I remember Dewey very well. Had a shared house there for a couple of summers. Lots of great memories -- what a fun place!!

mostlygold
01-04-2008, 03:24 PM
My name is Dawn Terrill. The mostlygold user name was started when I adopted a white pitbullmix to add to my golden retriever crew. My first dog was a rescued pit bull when I lived in Houston, TX. I did obedience with him and obedience, herding and tracking with my 2nd dog, an Australian Shepherd. Got hooked big time on competition events with those 2 dogs. Got my first golden when I moved back to Western MA and my father decided he wanted a retriever. Trained her in field and obedience and got an MH on her. She was a phenomenal upland dog and the only reason I got back into hunting again. Since then I have trained, competed with and hunted 4 more goldens (pitmix would love to hunt but I'm not sure of the "retrieve"). Two of the goldens to follow my first female got their MH *** and these were the first dogs I ran field trials with. I quickly figured out that I had not the time or money to adequately trial a dog and thereafter ran in trials just for fun. My current golden competes in field, obedience and agility and I do agility and obedience with the pitmix. I still enjoy upland hunting and have started doing a lot more waterfowl hunting with the last 2 goldens. I enjoy the training and have become fascinated with how much of training for one type of performance event can carry over to another. The agility really helps with confidence and focus, the obedience with precision and they both carry over very well to the field and vice versa. My oldest golden turned 15 last November and is still a bouncy happy girl. Every day is a blessing. The pitmix and golden are 5 and 4 yrs and I am going out next week to pick up a very nice pup. Looking forward to starting a young dog again.

RemsBPJasper
01-07-2008, 05:31 PM
Ok, I was really bored at work today and managed to get through all 28 pages of this thread! Wow!

Most of you guys know my story by now. I have always had family dogs growing up, all labs or lab mixes. Our last family dog died in 2004 and after a few months my parents decided they wanted a choco lab. A guy less than a mile up the road had AKC puppies and we went and there were three left. One choco and two blacks, one black was the runt, so I got the other one. Two dogs for $500 was the deal. Absolutely a BYB.

Jasper was awesome though, despite the fact I was way too hard on him. Before I got him I had seen a guy with his choco that he hunted and tested and I got hooked. Got on board with Polock when Jasper was 15 months. He didn't have the desire of a well bred dog but he did his job. Unfortunately he was put down at 25 months for aggression. It was pretty rough, but I learned so much from him.

From there I moved on to Boscoe, a Two Toes Out The Door pup. He was the runt of the litter but the only black male and that's what I wanted. I fell in love with him hard and he was my once in a lifetime dog that every other dog will be compared to. He was my buddy, my best friend. He got me through a lot and I miss him terribly. He was diagnosed with renal failure at 5 or so months old, nongenetic. We had a rough time with all of the vet visits, tests, ultrasounds, biopsies, diet, meds, etc. etc. But I would do it all over again to have him back. He passed on April 19, 2007 after three days at the emergency vet.

I was really devestated after that and didn't know if I could handle another puppy. But, I got the opportunity of a lifetime to get Kiela, Esprits Out of The Woods x Nick of Time Wild Wind Windy. She looks and acts a lot like Boscoe, but has her own personality too that's for sure. She's wild and crazy and I swear she's demon spawn but has started calming down. She's very good for me but my family gets stressed (on top of already very trying times for several reasons) by such a high energy dog, so she may be vacationing with "daddy" for a few weeks. Her registered name will hopefully be "Tigress Midnight Wind Stalker."

I grew up in Middlesex, NY and live back at home again now. I work as an EMT and I love it. I got my EMT because I became a firefighter in '04, I still am active but not as much. My first love was soccer and I played one year of Division III in college before coming back home to community college. I have my Associates in Business Administration (I'm 23) and it got me nowhere so I am slowly looking at going back to get my Bachelors. I had an Arabian horse for two years that I sold to focus on the dogs and have heard he has since passed. I would love to get back into horses.

My dream job is to work with juvenile offenders/teens with "conduct disorders" in a farm type rehab program. I also want to take both rescue dogs and purebreds and train them as service dogs of all types.

That about sums it up!

Kourtney McKnight

Joel Thorstad
01-07-2008, 08:11 PM
Hey all,

I'm Joel Thorstad, I'm 23 years old and I'm originally from Lino Lakes, MN but I live about 150mi away from my hometown finishing my Firefighter/EMT training at Ridgewater College. My passions are retrievers and waterfowling, I love waterfowling so if anyone ever wants to talk ducks or geese, I'm always game. I started pro-staffing when I was 19 for a few companies such as Gooseview Industries, Foiles Migrators, Farmland Camo, Buck Gardner Game Calls, and the list kinda goes on...I've only entered one calling contest but I took second place so that was fun. I had to put my yellow dog Josie (RIP) down last August at 13yrs old, and I learned a lot from her. My new pup is a BLF named Dutch, she's almost 7mo old now and has been very interesting to work with. Every week she has a new "quirk" that I have to figure out and work through. I've learned more from her than she's learned from me but it has been a fun trip so far! This is a great forum and I enjoy everyone's topics of conversation and am very glad that its such a civil, respectful place. Thanks to all, and thank you Chris!

Patrick Johndrow
01-07-2008, 08:21 PM
The details of my life are quite inconsequential....where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.

Howard N
01-07-2008, 09:16 PM
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Shayne Mehringer
01-07-2008, 09:20 PM
The details of my life are quite inconsequential....where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.

From the GREATNESS of Austin Powers....

Thank you Dr Evil. :D

SM

Finn McCool
01-08-2008, 07:44 PM
My name is Mark , and I am from South Louisiana. I am a non-recovering quack addict and avid saltwater fisherman. I grew up duck hunting with wonderful Goldens, and just recently caught the Lab bug. I work as a Project Manager for a large environmental and engineering firm, which has kept me ridiculously busy since Katrina. Things have finally slowed to the point that I felt I could train my first lab, the little brown guy on your left. BTW , Shayne, being taken over by Coonasses ain't all that bad, you get to eat well, drink a lot and laugh your ass off!!

HiRollerlabs
01-08-2008, 08:43 PM
Shayne, being taken over by Coonasses ain't all that bad, you get to eat well, drink a lot and laugh your ass off!!

Can you splain the term "Coonasses"? I'm a Northerner, with a son in Houston, so I know it's an acceptable term--just not exactly how it came about.

Richard Halstead
01-08-2008, 09:10 PM
Google Acadians - french settlement in Canada that moved to coastal region the people now known as cajun - coonass

MooseGooser
01-08-2008, 09:43 PM
Mr Johndrow!

Someday me thinks you and I should play dress up and train together!!:D

Gooser

Bubba
01-08-2008, 09:48 PM
Be afraid Patrick, be VERY afraid.

This feller ain't right regards

Bubba

moose203
01-08-2008, 09:50 PM
Hi yall, I am Jason Bowers some of you know me in middle TN as that one legged guy,HAHA. The story behind that is in Oct 2001 I was in a hunting accident that resulted in a below the knee amputation, before that i was a full time fire fighter, to the surprise of many I returned to work as a front line fire fighter in Aug. 2002 10 months later, with out the support of my wife i don't think it would have happened. I got my first lab 2 weeks before my accident and after returning home from the hospital she sat with me every day until i was able to start rehab, all said and done she turned out to be a pretty nice duck dog and holds a place in my heart that i don't think any dog will be able to fill. I worked at the fire department until Jan 2007 when problems with my leg became to great and i left on disability. During the time I was at the fire department my wife and I had two little girls that are now 4yrs and 2 1/2yrs, I also worked for local hunt test pro Scott Marcin of Delta-Dreams Kennels for free just so I could learn and learned things that can't be learned from books or DVD's and had a good time doing it. Last year I trained a few gun dogs for more experience this year i plan on only working my dogs and plan on running a few HT with the new puppy and a older dog that was some what of a rescue but i think he has got it were it counts hopefully in 2009 I will be running derbies with the new pup. I am definitely excited about learning the new game and have learned so much from here. I am sure i have left out some stuff but I am sure it will come about sooner or later. Oh yeah looking for some one to train with at Pooles Knob

Jason Bowers

Gun_Dog2002
01-08-2008, 09:51 PM
Well, there goes the content filter. Shorn scrotum indeed....


"Well Mr Patrick, how is your day...?"

"Well, sir, not bad, except I nicked a nut shaving this morning and it put me in a foul mood..."

/Paul

Patrick Johndrow
01-08-2008, 10:13 PM
Mr Johndrow!

Someday me thinks you and I should play dress up and train together!!:D

Gooser



Appreciate the offer... but Iím trying to cut back.

kjrice
01-08-2008, 10:18 PM
Mr Johndrow!

Someday me thinks you and I should play dress up and train together!!:D

Gooser
It seems like dress down is more appropriate for the Gooser. :D

Chris Atkinson
01-08-2008, 10:20 PM
"And you Lee Harvey.....I wanna party with you cowboy"

Patrick Johndrow
01-08-2008, 10:23 PM
Mr Johndrow!

Someday me thinks you and I should play dress up and train together!!:D

Gooser

ChrisÖnot sure the above counts as a personal attack but it made me feel creepy and violatedÖ.what is your ruling?

MooseGooser
01-08-2008, 10:33 PM
CREEPY???-------Violated??????


I didnt even bring up the Heelin stick!!!!

Dern!! What people read into a post!!!

Gooser

Gun_Dog2002
01-08-2008, 10:54 PM
ChrisÖnot sure the above counts as a personal attack but it made me feel creepy and violatedÖ.what is your ruling?


Just be glad it didn't make you feel warm and moist.....


/Paul

outdooratticinc
01-09-2008, 12:31 PM
Hello, I am from Bangor, PA and a proud owner of a 7 month old Chessy named Gunner. He is the newest member of our home. I have been training him (for hunting) for about 2 weeks and he is learning fast. A friend of mine has 4 Chesapeakes and I just loved watching them on our Duck hunts. He is helping me in this process and I am just enjoying the time outside with my pup. If he turns out to be a champ so be it, but I just want a good all around dog to take hunting with me and still be a good family dog.

Shayne Mehringer
01-09-2008, 01:07 PM
BTW , Shayne, being taken over by Coonasses ain't all that bad, you get to eat well, drink a lot and laugh your ass off!!

A lot of peeps don't know that i'm half coonass!

I was born in Pasadena TX. My dad was Texan, but my entire family, on my mother's side, are from Oakdale La. I was raised on cajun food, even though my parents lived in Texas for several years before i was born.

With the exception of a couple aunts and uncles, most remaining family now live in and around Lake Charles, including my mom. We spend most holidays there. Thankfully, they are all habitual gamblers, so we always get free room and board at the casinos. Last couple years have been at L'auberge.

I actually went to 2nd-5th grade in Lake Charles. After my Dad passed away in 83, we moved there to be close to family. Didn't take too long before we moved back to the greatness of Texas! I went from being an only child living 4 miles down a dirt road, hunting ANYTHING with my pellet gun strapped to my go-cart..... to living in the city overnight. It didn't work out so well. I think i killed 4-5 squirrels the first afternoon in Lake Charles. A couple were from the neighbor's tree, they told mom. Mom was PISSED and said i couldn't be a heathen no more. I showed her!

Shayne

Franco
01-09-2008, 05:53 PM
Can you splain the term "Coonasses"? I'm a Northerner, with a son in Houston, so I know it's an acceptable term--just not exactly how it came about.

Below from Wikipedia. All I can tell you is that it is similar to the "N" word. A Cajun can call another Cajun, Coonass. It is not cool for a nonCajun to call a Cajun, Coonass. Over the last several years there has been a movement to eradicate the term. If anyone uses the term here at work, and I work in the heart of Acadiana, they will be automatically dismissed and it will go on their record. Same policy for all public employment and many private businesses!

I use to use the term. I stopped when I learned that it offended many of my Cajun friends.


Coonass
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A "coonass" bumper sticker.Coonass, or Coon-ass, is an epithet used in reference to a person of Cajun ethnicity.

Although some Cajuns use the word in regard to themselves, other Cajuns view the term as an ethnic slur against the Cajun people, especially when used by non-Cajuns. Socioeconomic factors appear to influence how Cajuns are likely to view the term: working-class Cajuns tend to regard the word "coonass" as a badge of ethnic pride; whereas middle- and upper-class Cajuns are more likely to regard the term as insulting or degrading, even when used by fellow Cajuns in reference to themselves.

Despite an effort by Cajun activists to stamp out the term, it can be found on T-shirts, hats, and bumperstickers throughout Acadiana, the 22-parish Cajun homeland in south Louisiana.

Patrick Johndrow
01-09-2008, 07:10 PM
Below from Wikipedia. All I can tell you is that it is similar to the "N" word. A Cajun can call another Cajun, Coonass. It is not cool for a nonCajun to call a Cajun, Coonass. Over the last several years there has been a movement to eradicate the term. If anyone uses the term here at work, and I work in the heart of Acadiana, they will be automatically dismissed and it will go on their record. Same policy for all public employment and many private businesses!

I use to use the term. I stopped when I learned that it offended many of my Cajun friends.


Coonass
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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A "coonass" bumper sticker.Coonass, or Coon-ass, is an epithet used in reference to a person of Cajun ethnicity.

Although some Cajuns use the word in regard to themselves, other Cajuns view the term as an ethnic slur against the Cajun people, especially when used by non-Cajuns. Socioeconomic factors appear to influence how Cajuns are likely to view the term: working-class Cajuns tend to regard the word "coonass" as a badge of ethnic pride; whereas middle- and upper-class Cajuns are more likely to regard the term as insulting or degrading, even when used by fellow Cajuns in reference to themselves.

Despite an effort by Cajun activists to stamp out the term, it can be found on T-shirts, hats, and bumperstickers throughout Acadiana, the 22-parish Cajun homeland in south Louisiana.

BootyÖsince when has a coonass cared what you call him as long as it isnít late for dinner or happy hour? ;)

Sissi
01-09-2008, 08:25 PM
:DI hope you don't mind if I post. I'm sure not able to contribute so well as some of the others. And actually I'm scared to death:rolleyes:
OK I live in the Northern part of Germany, pretty much in the Outback. 15 Years ago I started to breed horses (German Warmblood supposed to do Dressage) . Right now I own two mares. Hopefully they will have foals this spring.
8 Years ago I got involved with Curlies. We started out to get one as a pet. But in Europe it is difficult to find Curlies and so we ended up getting a pup from Finland. Caballus L'Tiempo was from Tiina Illukka and ended up being our dog of a lifetime. I guess we'll never again get a dog like him. He had three litters and we got a daughter of him. We joined the retrieverclub in Germany and found out that breeding Curlies is quite a challenge in Germany.
As I like to take challenges, I went for it and right now CH.Engadin Star's Agamy is the only active Breeding bitch in Gernamy.
If I bother anybody with my posts I'll stop posting but I'm really interested in many of the topics because I always compare them to our situation in Germany and it is so interesting .

Gun_Dog2002
01-09-2008, 08:42 PM
Anybody ever wonder what happened to bigjimthunder or capt jeff?

/Paul

Franco
01-09-2008, 09:01 PM
Booty…since when has a coonass cared what you call him as long as it isn’t late for dinner or happy hour? ;)



Well, there was one guy that use to post here, several hundred post, 35 plus years with Labs, that quit because he told me he was tired of reading the word Coonass.

Then there was the Cardiologist last week that beat another man to a plup in a local restaurant for using Coonass. According to the restaurant owner, the good doctor kept asking the man while he was beating him, "What's my name"?

It is not different than Spic, Wop, Mic, Chink etc and many in those ethnic groups don't mind it so much coming from another in the same group. Some do. I work and live in the community so I stoped using it two years ago. I too thought it was meaningless until it was explained to me that it is demeaning. Some may chuckle if you call them that but, they will never be your friend.

Jana Knodel
01-10-2008, 01:39 PM
Well my name is Jana and I am from Westport, WA I am new to the retriever game but have had my golden for 3 years now and will be running her in hunt tests this year (was pregnant last year and couldnt do it) I have a beautiful son and am married to my wonderful husband. I love outdoor activities and grouse hunting with my husband and dog. I also will be working on my Goldens hunt test, obedience, rally and agility titles this year. She has her CGC and I am also working on making her a therapy dog so we can go to childrens hospitals as she is really really good with kids. I am hoping to breed her in either August of this year or March of next year. I am going to keep a pup and hope to do field trials with it.

Jana

Dogtrainer4God
01-10-2008, 02:15 PM
:DI hope you don't mind if I post. I'm sure not able to contribute so well as some of the others. And actually I'm scared to death:rolleyes:
OK I live in the Northern part of Germany, pretty much in the Outback. 15 Years ago I started to breed horses (German Warmblood supposed to do Dressage) . Right now I own two mares. Hopefully they will have foals this spring.
8 Years ago I got involved with Curlies. We started out to get one as a pet. But in Europe it is difficult to find Curlies and so we ended up getting a pup from Finland. Caballus L'Tiempo was from Tiina Illukka and ended up being our dog of a lifetime. I guess we'll never again get a dog like him. He had three litters and we got a daughter of him. We joined the retrieverclub in Germany and found out that breeding Curlies is quite a challenge in Germany.
As I like to take challenges, I went for it and right now CH.Engadin Star's Agamy is the only active Breeding bitch in Gernamy.
If I bother anybody with my posts I'll stop posting but I'm really interested in many of the topics because I always compare them to our situation in Germany and it is so interesting . Very, very cool!

TroyFeeken
01-12-2008, 06:16 PM
Hey everyone, I've been a lurker over the past year and have even chimed in a few times and definitely asked many questions. I'm a 27 year old originally from Willmar, MN (born and raised) and after moving around some from college to after college jobs, I'm now living in Fargo, ND.

I'm an avid outdoorsman and just have too many hobbies to specialize or really be great at one thing. Almost a year ago now my first lab was born and I picked her up from a very nice family and breeder south of Minneapolis (TNT Vermilion River Kennels). Since getting interested in HT and FT I've always wanted to put some sort of titles on this pooch. Being a novice in training and having a decent job gets me in trouble with having too many videos to watch and too many books to read. I feel the biggest barrier in doing good things with this dog is me, the handler.

So none the less, if there are any locals looking for a hunting or training partner, let me know!

Chris Atkinson
01-13-2008, 05:56 AM
Anybody ever wonder what happened to bigjimthunder or capt jeff?

/Paul

Yes, and I also wonder a lot, about the lady who made the phrase "it depends" a standard in retriever training discussions, Lisa Van Loo.

I was asking a Florida guy the other day about Capt. Jeff and was told he's still out and about.

Hew
01-13-2008, 04:48 PM
Capt. Jeff had one of the first (or maybe THE first) American Water Spaniel to make HRCH. A couple of years or so ago the dog died very unexpectantly. Jeff and his wife were heartbroken. I think he just took some time off from the dog stuff. He's got a new AWS that he's been training. I saw on another msg. board that he'll be running started at the Northeast FL test in Feb.

Miriam Wade
01-13-2008, 05:01 PM
Capt. Jeff had one of the first (or maybe THE first) American Water Spaniel to make HRCH. A couple of years or so ago the dog died very unexpectantly. Jeff and his wife were heartbroken. I think he just took some time off from the dog stuff. He's got a new AWS that he's been training. I saw on another msg. board that he'll be running started at the Northeast FL test in Feb.


Very sad about their first dog. When Kate died I almost sold Finn because farnkly-I didn't care about dog games without her in the picture. I hope he & his wife find as much joy in their new dog as I have in Finn. Life is too empty without a dog!

Wish them well in the test in Florida!

M

retiredbosn
01-13-2008, 05:08 PM
I'm Todd from West Virginia, disabled veteran. Did 7 years in the Coast Guard and wish I could enjoy my retirement a little more. I don't complain, but sometimes the pain keeps me indoors more than I want, haven't hunted in several years. Just had another spine surgery that seems to have helped a lot of issues, I hope to be back shooting clays and chasing birds soon.

Bubba
01-13-2008, 08:38 PM
I'm Todd from West Virginia, disabled veteran. Did 7 years in the Coast Guard and wish I could enjoy my retirement a little more. I don't complain, but sometimes the pain keeps me indoors more than I want, haven't hunted in several years. Just had another spine surgery that seems to have helped a lot of issues, I hope to be back shooting clays and chasing birds soon.

Welcome aboard! Friendly little place here for the most part, keep an eye on the guy they call /paul though. He is OK for the most part, just don't trust him around the livestock.


Thanks for your service regards

Bubba

greg magee
01-14-2008, 09:01 AM
Welcome aboard! Friendly little place here for the most part, keep an eye on the guy they call /paul though. He is OK for the most part, just don't trust him around the livestock.


Thanks for your service regards

Bubba

Interesting comment comming from a man (we think) that has a picture of a cow and the nick name of the welcoming committee in cell block #8

Bubba
01-14-2008, 11:49 AM
Interesting comment comming from a man (we think) that has a picture of a cow and the nick name of the welcoming committee in cell block #8

Cow?????
Dude that is the greatness of Little Yellow Jacket- 3 time BULL of the year (and Special of the Day for several weeks). Gotta love a professional athelete that doesn't beat his wife and is also a member of a food group.

I prolly shouldn't disparage /paul unfairly. Problem is that there has been an outbreak of cow tipping in the Mohawk valley and unfortunately due to some "priors" /paul is a prime suspect. It's gotten to the point where some of the farmers have resorted to installing outriggers and side impact air bags on the cows. Well OK the truth is they have duct taped a couple of hop poles and some trash bags to the heifers.

I would be interested in how you came to have knowledge of the welcoming committee members. Are you an alumni or did you just "bump" into the individual in question while visiting relatives?

Thanks for you concern regards

Bubba

greg magee
01-14-2008, 12:35 PM
Cow?????
Dude that is the greatness of Little Yellow Jacket- 3 time BULL of the year (and Special of the Day for several weeks). Gotta love a professional athelete that doesn't beat his wife and is also a member of a food group.

I prolly shouldn't disparage /paul unfairly. Problem is that there has been an outbreak of cow tipping in the Mohawk valley and unfortunately due to some "priors" /paul is a prime suspect. It's gotten to the point where some of the farmers have resorted to installing outriggers and side impact air bags on the cows. Well OK the truth is they have duct taped a couple of hop poles and some trash bags to the heifers.

I would be interested in how you came to have knowledge of the welcoming committee members. Are you an alumni or did you just "bump" into the individual in question while visiting relatives?

Thanks for you concern regards

Bubba

Next to Red Rock and Bodacious your little yellow jacket is just a cow.
And you are right, you prolly shouldn't disparage /Paul unfairly until you get that grammar and spelling under control.:confused:

As far as my working knowledge of cell block #8 is concerned, that is proprietary information and should not be disclosed. But since you are inquiring in such a friendly nature I will respond. I worked as the chief medical liaison in the infirmary of a large northwestern penal institution. I had to treat numerous young lads over a period of years that all the same infection from a cheap jailhouse tattoo on their rump. And they all said the same thing. PROPERY OF BUBBA. Interesting enough this encircled a large cow.

CDK
01-14-2008, 12:40 PM
My name is Craig, been a few years since I posted. Had one or more chesapeakes most of my life ( I'm 29). Started running a few hunt test a year and really enjoy them, wish I had more time to run more but I play Amature baseball and that takes up alot of my time (might be time to retire:))
I also enjoy competitive duck and goose calling. I'm a waterfowl hunting nut, my wife thinks I'm a addict.
I currently have three young chessies that have a few SH passes, hoping to finish SH title on two of them this summer. Great site!

Craig

duke7581
02-01-2008, 04:42 PM
Hi my name is Jim i live in the Upper pennisula of Mi. I currently drill water wells for a living and run a ecommerce business. Got into the ret. game about 8 years ago when i went huntin with a buddy and his dog had to be begged to get a bird, usually used the boat and went and got it ourselves. so went and bought a lab and started the training process. Ran a few hunt tests he should have his HR but handler mistakes, and got busy chasing women so stopped running tests just hunted with him got married this last year and am pickin a pup up next week and hopin to get back in the game, the wife enjoys the dog stuff also so it'll make it easier this time. Love the RTN gained a ton of great info. on the pup and background. Wife thinks im addicted to the RTN maybe she's right but there is worse things out there.

Buzz
02-01-2008, 04:47 PM
Wife thinks im addicted to the RTN maybe she's right but there is worse things out there.

There's a lot of guys in Upper Michigan that spend most of their free time riding a bar stool...;)

duke7581
02-01-2008, 05:19 PM
thats exactly what she said last night. Well at least your on the couch next to me and not at the bar.

emmerdoug
02-01-2008, 10:57 PM
Hello everyone, my name is Doug Thornton. I am a married man of 18 yrs with 3 daughters 15 (starting to drive), 14, & the youngest will be 13 in six wks. Now you all know why I need an outdoor hoby that is rapidly turning into an obsession. Just kidding about needing the hoby but I think that it is rapidly turning into an obsession.
I have been a firefighter & paramedic working for the Albuquerque Fire Department for 18 1/2 yrs, & I am go to retire in 2 yrs. I may need another job after that to pay for my rapidly developing dog habit. Short of quiting to prevent divorce I don't see a reason that would convince me to quit.

I have a 6mo BLF (Cinder) that has just been wonderful so far. I have seen 1 HRC HT last Sept. & I have seen 1 All Age Open FT 7 yrs ago. But seeing those 2 events really made me want to play the games. Seeing those fabulous dogs & the amazing performaces especially those of the FT dogs were inspiring. I have had labs since I was 18 (now 42) that were fair meat dogs but that was it. I wanted to HT the last dog but he had a siezure disorder that started after he was a year old that was not covered by any of his health guarantees & my daughters were very attached to him so we kept him as a pet/dove dog for 8 yrs. So hopefully things will work out with Cinder. I know that there are a ton of things I don't know yet but I am willing to learn.

BTW some of you guys make some very funny posts.

Doug

Joe Dutro
02-01-2008, 11:16 PM
I'm Joe from east central Ohio. I have a wife, 3 children and 2 chocolate labs-- No make that 11 labs. Dora my almost 5 year old lab just had 9 black pups Tuesday. I run hunt test and this year I'm going to run a few trials. I love duck hunting and got a dog because I got tired of carring a fishing pole to retrieve the birds-no joke. I never thought this would become the obsesion that it is becoming--I LOVE it.

BIG DOG
02-01-2008, 11:25 PM
i am joe bob henery originaly from mudcreek alabama, they kicked me out of al bama cuz i sale poodles to chinese resturants, here in texas its ok so that's what i do but iam branch'n off into the pit bull/german shepeard market cuz they are pretty cheap at the pound and those china buffett owners pay top doolar for em!!!!!!!!

JUST KIDDING geesh!!
i am married have a 5yr old lil girl have been messing around w/ these labs for a long time, i did however take a 2 yr sabatical, but recently i got back into the games btw my name is tim, oh and i do kid around a lot and i mean a whole lot prolly to much

caglatz
02-02-2008, 12:30 AM
Hello Everyone, I'm Chris Glatz from New Providence, NJ and about a year and a half into the retrieving game now with my first lab. I'm 40 years old, married to the love of my life, and have two young boys (ages 5 and 7). My dog is Divot, a year and a half old CLM (Deep Run Divide and Conquer). I went to school at Penn State University and am a die hard Nittany Lion fan. [We are....!] I'm new to all of this, and this site has been a great source of information for me in helping to train my beloved dog.

Last year I joined the Navesink River Hunting Retriever Club, which was probably the best decision I ever made in training my dog. I've only run 1 double test last fall (have 2 STARTED passes now) and look forward to more this year. A hunter, first and foremost, Divot and I absolutely decimated the pheasant population in NJ this past season and did ok on ducks and geese.

Many thanks to Chris Atkinson for hosting and moderating this good site. Well done.

Good hunting !

tropicalsun
02-02-2008, 09:05 AM
My name is Rob Purdy. I am a pastor in Seabrook, Tx, married for twenty years and have one son who is almost 18 years old and heading off to college in the fall. We have two labs, my five year old blf, Lea, who was a gift from a hunting friend. Lea is a tremendous companion and hunting partner. Our other dog is Stormin' Texas Rebel out Storming Norman. Tex is 8 months old and coming along very well in his training. I hope to run him in our first ever trial this spring.

Oh, my board name, tropicalsun, was the name of the boat I skippered for most of my 12 years as a professional captain in Kona, Hawaii.

Tropicalsun
Rob

Tim Thomas
02-02-2008, 10:07 AM
Hello all
My name is Tim. Currently a Captain in The Houston Fire Department....28 years and clickin'(in the Dept. that is). Choosing not to live in that crazy town, I bought a place(77 acres) in Madisonville back in 2001. In my spare time I also raise cutting horses and have decided to scale down. My wonderful son has always hunted and trained his pup "Hagen". After her JR he got pretty tied up in school, GO AGGIES!!, and is now half way through Chiropractic school in Big D. Great kid!! I've always had pups...currently two Border collies, but have always been intruiged with these retrievers. Fixin to get started with a pup and spend even more time with my son...needless to say, I'm pumped!! I'm a pedigree researcher by desire and have read(and continue to read) everything I can get my hands on. Figured I'd join The Bryan/College Station club and start attending some Hunt Test locations to help out. Have really enjoyed the site and all you experts spillin out the knowledge and advice. Truly, I appreciate it!

Pellegrini
02-06-2008, 11:36 AM
Hello all.

We are fairly new on RTF. I am 28 y/o Wife of an avid hunter/veterinarian. I have been obsessed over horses for 28 years and recently my husband introduced me to the LABS! Now I am quickly becoming obsessed over dogs. We have no kids...unless you count our dogs/puppies since they are like our kids at the moment. We have a new kennel starting here in Ohio. We purchased first Yellow Male (Torg's Ramblin Gamblin Gus JH) at 22 months young from the Torg's in MN. He had his JR title and we quickly became LAB CRAZY. We found him his first mate last Aug. a Black Female named Lightning Lucy. She had 12 beautiful pups for us Nov. '07. Sold all them and now bought two new females to add to our band. A Black trained antler shed hunter named Antler Ridge Bella and a yellow/fox red female named FCR's Fox Red Rose. Now two of our dogs are with Phil Brown in MO for Master Training and we are working on the two young ones here in Ohio. We are looking to get started with a local club in Ohio to start our YLF in her JR Hunt tests this year.

amretrievers
02-07-2008, 11:02 PM
Hello all.

We are fairly new on RTF. I am 28 y/o Wife of an avid hunter/veterinarian. I have been obsessed over horses for 28 years and recently my husband introduced me to the LABS! Now I am quickly becoming obsessed over dogs. We have no kids...unless you count our dogs/puppies since they are like our kids at the moment. We have a new kennel starting here in Ohio. We purchased first Yellow Male (Torg's Ramblin Gamblin Gus JH) at 22 months young from the Torg's in MN. He had his JR title and we quickly became LAB CRAZY. We found him his first mate last Aug. a Black Female named Lightning Lucy. She had 12 beautiful pups for us Nov. '07. Sold all them and now bought two new females to add to our band. A Black trained antler shed hunter named Antler Ridge Bella and a yellow/fox red female named FCR's Fox Red Rose. Now two of our dogs are with Phil Brown in MO for Master Training and we are working on the two young ones here in Ohio. We are looking to get started with a local club in Ohio to start our YLF in her JR Hunt tests this year.

I am awaiting a pup from Torgs! I have heard many good things about the kennel. Cannot wait to add to my pack :)

I'm a 21 year old student, hoping to finish my associates degree soon. I have 1 yellow lab Morgan who is my hunting partner September through December. I also have a border collie/lab mix that was misteriously left in the bed of my truck at 5 weeks. Needless to say she never left. I'm adding another yellow lab to the pack soon. I'm planning to FT/HT her. I went to school in NC for dog training and absolutly love it! I have been a member of this website for quite sometime but sadly do not have alot of time to view all the posts.

BonMallari
02-08-2008, 03:06 AM
Hi my name is Bon and i maybe the only one on here without a dog at this time. i got my first dog from my brother when he went away to med school and i was hooked...flash forward 30 yrs and my brother moonlights as a doctor to pay for his field trialing/duck hunting/bow hunting habit. i split time between working in Vegas and hunting in my home state of Texas. my brother currently runs the field trialing circuit with between 2-4 dogs.fortunately for me he taught me everthing i know about dogs unfortunately he didnt teach me everything HE knows....cant wait to get back into training dogs and running a trial or two

Paragon Retrievers
02-08-2008, 08:37 AM
Hello everyone, I came here from the Refuge hoping to get more dog knowledge. Now I bounce back and forth. I have 2 female labs 7yr yellow and a 14 mo chocolate. My wife has a 4yr old english springer spaniel. I've worked in a prison "fighting crime from the inside" for 4.5 years now. Its a thankless job but someone has to do it and it keeps food on the table. My wife and I started Paragon Retrievers formally in Dec but have been running dogs for about 7 years when I first got my yellow. I hope someday to leave the DOC and train full time. I train for hunting and hunt tests while my wife works with behavior problems and early OB. Its nice to meet all of you. This will be my very first post, how fitting.

Todd Eury
02-08-2008, 10:16 AM
I'm Todd, born and raised in NC where I grew up hunting ducks in beaver swamps. I have been employed for 18 years as full time Firefighter. I currently ride as the Captain on a Ladder truck. I lost a 2 year old Hunting Retriever to a muscle problem and just starting to look for a new pup to run hunt test and hunt.

jcarter
02-08-2008, 11:14 AM
I'm James Carter, I live in Longview, TX. I buy and sell heavy trucks. I have 2 Labs currently a 15 month old yellow male (JRC'S YELLOW MAGNUM) and a dark yellow 2 year old female (IZZY OF PRIDE ROCK). I have a pup (black female) I'll be picking up the first weekend of March. I trained my male from a pup and he got me hooked. I love hunting with him and look forward to running hunt tests with him. I bought Izzy recently as a started dog (1 Derby JAM) and plan to train an run hunt tests with her as well.

Sue Kiefer
02-08-2008, 01:45 PM
This is cool!!
My name is Sue,live near the " The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field".Have 2 great kids(6,11 daughter that is a straight A student that loves BB,gymnastics and dance and a kinderg. that will probably play for the Detroit RedWings someday(says I'm his "Best Friend")Hope he remembers that when I have to take away his truck because he's been bad?
Have had Redfluffies since 1985 running them in Obed.,Hunt Tests and trials.Currently own a couple of nice Reddogs ,a very nice Choc.Lab.puppy and have had a number of blacks.Started training Prof. in 2001. Running minor stake trials,hunt tests(all levels)raise puppies for clients and guide at the local game farms in the winter months.Brrrrrrr:(
Cool thread. Can put names now with some of ya alls comments.:)

john fallon
06-29-2008, 07:23 PM
OK, newbies Lets hear something about y'all ?


33990 hits and counting regards

john

Bridget Bodine
06-29-2008, 07:41 PM
I will jump in....I am Bridget and I live in N.E. Pa. Outside of Scranton. I am a lab breeder, show/field crosses and just show . I am also the kennel manager / trainer at DeCoverly Kennels (Ryman English Setters).
I hunt ducks , geese and preserve hunt upland.
I have titled several JH and SH dogs and have a couple of Master passes.Haven't played the game in a while , but am hoping to get back in soon.
I am single and still looking for Mr Wonderfull. :-))

YardleyLabs
06-29-2008, 08:13 PM
I'll finally take the bait after only 18 months as a member.

My name is Jeff Goodwin and I live in Yardley, PA (hence YardleyLabs). I was born in East Tennessee, moved to Europe when I was 12, returned to the US for college in NJ, and have lived in the northeast (NYC, NJ, SE PA) ever since.

I've had dogs since I was 5 (54 years ago) and have had Labs since 1972. I became interested in field trials and hunt tests through my photography -- taking pictures of other people's dogs -- and now have four Lab females (two blacks, a yellow and a chocolate). Two live at home and run hunt tests. Two live at my trainer's. One is running derbies and one was being trained for FT work until she was diagnosed with EIC a few weeks ago. We're now finishing off her basics gently while I decide what to do with her.

Until six months ago I owned a computer consulting company but am now trying to make my living with as little real work as possible on top of whatever I can make taking pictures and breeding dogs. I have two grown children, one married and one engaged, two grandchildren, and an ex-wife. Happily all live nearby.

I am deeply grateful to the RTF community for having helped me meet enough crazy dog people that I come off looking like a moderate by comparison. Our course, I also always felt I was relatively moderate politically until this board helped me understand that I must be a wild-eyed, thieving socialist (aka liberal) :). I'm happy with my dogs, my politics, and RTF, and have thoroughly enjoyed the many RTF folk I've met over the last 18 months.

TuffnufOutdoors
06-29-2008, 08:31 PM
I'm Clint
Lived in metro Detroit MI the first 35 years of my life then moved to southern Indiana just outside Louisville KY. Married with three boys all under 8. Have owned three labs. Well this is my third. Working on training him to become a duck hunter. Then again I am working on making myself one too. Just started this will be my first season. But a big turkey and deer hunter.

Tom Mouer
06-29-2008, 08:54 PM
I grew uo in Venice, CA. Staeted wih Cocker Spaniels and Obedience Trials in the '50's. Didn't get back into dogs until I was married and living here in MD. Started bird hunting and knew I needed a dog, My first was a Golden Retriever. Moe Saffell owned the stud. He ran and judged Field Trials. I started training and attending local Field Trails. It was a great experience. I got to train and learn from many of the "old timers" then running Field Trials. Before Hunt Tests there was a Sanctioned Field Trial (AKC) Spring and Fall circuit , DELMARVA. I won 4 Derbies with my Golden Retriever, and later CD, MH titles. Then the Hunt Tests started. End of Sanctioned Trials. Since then 3 CD JH. Some dogs are not capable of MH titles, I know from personal experience. But they were still "family'. I have chaired Hunt Tests, thown biirds, had my wife be Hunt Test Secretary, and judged a few I am starting anew with a now 9 month Golden, and he does have an MH*** sire and a JH dame, wth FC and AFC gransires and dames. And hip,eye,elbow, etc. clearences. All important to me, See you(s) all around in the Mid Atlantic area.

Jason Glavich
06-29-2008, 09:19 PM
Well I am a little late on this I guess.

I am Jason, from Ohio, living in Va. Been a Marine for about 6 1/2 years now. I have got to go play in the big sand box a few times. Currently on my first dog YLF. She is down at trainer doing her FF and all that good stuff right now. I have had the fun of running a friends dog at UKC and AKC tests this year and hope to run my dog soon also.

I know I am not the oldest here but I may be the only one who has broken a hip. :)

fishduck
06-30-2008, 12:51 AM
I live in Sulligent Al which is next to or near to nothing. NW for any interested. My uncle owns a dairy farm so lots of pastures to train in. Have hunted since my dad bought my first gun. Started with tweety birds and moved up. Have hunted everything the state of Alabama has decided to declare an open season on except alligators.

My passion has always been wingshooting. From dove to duck to crows to quail I love it all. It doesn't take long to see the need for a dog and for me that dog was a lab. My first lab was an over the fence dog without a pedigree. A hunting mom and pedigreed dad that "got together". Trained her straight out of Wolters Water Dog. (best I knew and a lot better than no help at all) She was my constant companion for 10 years and was one hell of a handfull. The breaking dog queen of all time. Dog had a world of confidence in me and would take off any time a gun went off. She would leave our group while duck hunting if someone was shooting in the distance. Needless to say her entire hunting career she was tied to some object or another and it better be sturdy. She once retrieved a mallard pulling an entire buck brush shrub which was 5 feet tall. Another time she broke down a dead timber tree which fell all around us.

She also raised my newborn child. A lab may have never been tormented more. Tail pulled, ridden like a horse as my boy grew up. He even pulled her tongue and brushed her teeth. If he had it done to him the boy insisted on doing the same to my dog. If the torture was too bad she would get up and come find me.

One of the worst days of my life was when we lost her.

You can read about my crazy dog in some of the back issues of the HRC magazine.

My wife said I was impossible to live with and bought me a puppy. She forked over the cash for the best breeding she could find.

Now I am the proud owner of a FC/AFC x HRCH and don't have a clue. So I learned how to train dogs and sometimes my dogs train me.

Now it is 18 mo later and I have a HR JH title and a finished and master pass. Have met tons of great people and am now hooked on the hunt test game. Have been to a field trial and know I am not at that level.

This is the short version of how I became a complete anal retentive/obsessive compulsive dog nut.

Mark Land

P.S. How can I forget my new FCxMH QAA pup who teaches me daily that I don't know squat about training dogs

Montview
06-30-2008, 02:30 AM
Wow...has this thread really been going on since 2003?!? Fantastic! :D

I was born/raised in the Seattle area, but am also a 2-time (bachelor's and doctorate) Washington State University Cougar...so have spent some time living in eastern Washington before moving down here to southern California. While up in eastern WA, I was an apprentice falconer (while in college) and involved in raptor rehabilitation. It was a lot of fun. :)

My husband and I have 2 labs- a pet-bred spayed YF, Libby (who will be 4 years old on the 4th of July) and a show-bred YM, Monty (who turned 2 years old at the end of October). I have competed with Libby in rally and obedience, but due to bilateral elbow dysplasia- she had to have surgery on both elbows at 6 months of age- and hip dysplasia, I think she's retiring after earning her last 2 legs toward her CD title. No jumping for her.

After being a member for a little while here and reading/learning tons, my male finally finished his show championship (passing all of his health clearances, too- which was huge for someone whose other dog is an orthopedic trainwreck- from hips/elbows/eyes/heart to CNM and even got in with the early phase for that EIC test) and I feel like I've learned enough in the show ring to move on to bigger and better things. ;) Since I'm new at *all* aspects of dog competitions and training, it is kind of like the "blind leading the blind" at our house. I'm trying to get "good" at one thing before going on to the next. We're catching on quickly, though, and having a TON of fun doing it!

Today finished up our 3rd of 5 consecutive weekends (10 classes) at the Inland Valley Retriever Club beginning hunt test training classes, and we're hoping to run some JH tests come fall. My new goals are far beyond a JH, though. IVRC is doing a great job with the classes- we're learning tons and making huge strides. I love how helpful and supportive all of the field folks are toward us newbies (yes- in spite of having a show-bred dog), both those teaching and helping out with the class as well as those who are bringing along youngsters for introductory training (more for the dogs, not the handlers/trainers).

Thanks to all of you seasoned competitors, hunters, and trainers, for inspiring the latest "generation" of folks getting involved in this sport! :)

Page
06-30-2008, 11:09 AM
Hey Julie....nice to see you here. I guess I'll bite too. :)

My name is Page and I live in AR. My great-grandfather lived until I was about 10 and he owned/bred pointers for many years.

I had always felt a deep understanding when it came to dogs and my life always felt more complete with one around. When I was in college I wanted a pet and Labs were awesome so I went to the local shelter and picked one up. This way I wouldn't have to pay very much and I would be saving a life. He had many problems both behavioral and physical. Before he was a year old he could hardly walk because of hd. I couldn't afford the expense of a dog like him so he was euthanized. His vet bills and trainer bills were crazy expensive. I guess that's what a discount dog really costs. (not to say shelter dogs are all this way, but my experience was this)

I waited almost 6 years before trying again and this time I was obsessed about getting a well-bred dog with all parental health clearances, parents available to see temperments, etc. I found a breeder nearby on the internet, visited her house, her kennels, and put my name on the list for a pup. Finally I had my pet puppy. Three years later I wanted to do a bit more so I showed him in his first conformation show and he won. I have been hooked ever since.

He got his CH with very limited showing and all owner/amateur handled except for one day of one show when a handler was on him.

Now I have 4 male Labs. Two CH, one with both majors, one pointed. Now I am trying to branch out into other things too. Both of my CHs are currently being trained for obedience and I am doing beginning training for hunt tests. I would like to get my pointed boy TDI certified too.

I have met a number of people here in AR and also in TX who are wonderful and so helpful to the "show folk". :)

mudflapimmc
06-30-2008, 11:21 AM
My name is Larry, married, 4 boys 1 girl, 2 labs with a third coming in nov. Union pipefitter and love to work the dogs either training or hunting.

g7777777
06-30-2008, 12:08 PM
Gene-- mainly hunt with my pointing dogs but have always had retrievers for duck hunting

Retired army guy- started as a private

Second go around- I am an attorney now- and just fought for one of the few new gun clubs to gain a permit to open its doors in many years- we lost the first round but won the last and he is open.

Have an 11 year old lab now- not sure what I am going to do this year--

regards from Iowa

Gene

traklover
06-30-2008, 01:15 PM
I'm Gerry, SWF, 50 ish. I own three curly coated retrievers, and one horse (a Trakehner), hence traklover. That is Magda in my avatar, she is almost three, (Sat). She is my introduction to field work. In May I was successful in getting a WC on her, eleven weeks after having a litter (she had the litter in Pa, and I only had her back for two days before running the WC). She is a bench champion in Canada (I live in Nova Scotia) and in the US. She would rather be retrieving than showing anyday (likes to show, but lives for retrieving). I am currently hoping to run a JH test with her this fall. Biggest problem is she is wildly enthuastic about doing her job, (somewhat uncontrollable).
I also have an eight yo spayed bitch, Rica, that acquired from her breeder just shy of four. She is a sweet loving dog, but a deciever, doesn't retrieve and doesn't swim. Good bedwarmer though.
I also have Shaya, Magda's four month old baby. I think, hope that I am doing better with her than Magda (of course when I got Magda I had no idea I would end up doing this). Shaya is just beginning but doing thirty foot land retrieves and twenty+ water retrieves. Seems to have a lot of Magda's enthusiasm, but a bit more controlable.

Clayton Evans
06-30-2008, 04:27 PM
I have been reading everyones bio and thought that I would enter mine. My wife of 50 year and I decided to get a Chessy in 1993. The first was dysplastic, so I had to have another and that grew to 14 at one time. Now am back down to 8 Chessies and 1 Lab.
Currently running 3 in Masters with 1 titled. one with 3 pass's and one just starting. The Lab is just 12 weeks old but she will progress up the chain also. Have played the Ft game sparingly but have 1 derby Jam and a qual jams and am presently training for qual again. I am 69 years young and fully intend to play this game as long as I can. I retired early so that I could spend more time with my dogs. My goal has been achieved because I wanted to breed, train, and title a pup to the Master level. However I am addicted and stuck with training and titling more.
We live in Cheney Wa. belong to 2 retriever clubs. These boards have help me a lot along the way and I Thank all that are responsible for them and he many of you that post your helpful infor on an open board.
Clayton Evans aka Chessy1 & cde239

canebrake
06-30-2008, 06:14 PM
Martha from Kentucky. Met my husband in 80 something and our first date was field trial banquet introducing Purina Dog of year :) I spent the next several years throwing ducks and pigeons (thank goodness for launchers!)

I have been a Labor and Delivery nurse working night shift for nearly 20 years (have seen and heard just about everything).

We share our home with 4 labs and 5 german shorthaired pointers. I have never competed in field trials, but working towards MACH in agility and competed in first ever hunt test this year. Would love to do more field, but can't seem to find time or money for it all. My husband is working on Dual Championship and MH with two of our GSPs so seems like we are always on the go.

We love our dogs and try to help each one to reach their potential. When they age and can no longer compete, we are dedicated to give them the most comfortable life possible as payback for all the joy they have brought to our lives.

Enjoy reading about everyone!

firehouselabs
06-30-2008, 07:40 PM
Raina from Holt MO. It's a little (400 people) town just 25 min to KCMO. I'm a redneck, hence the minutes vs. miles to town.
Born and raised in Ord NE. another small town just at the edge of the sandhills. I'm the third of thirteen kids (Catholic, small town, no cable tv) so we were raised with the mentality of "if you want red meat, go shot some". Grew up with all kinds of critters following me home from school, I wanted to keep them all, or even just one, but the folks wouldn't allow it. Went to college (the first time) in Kearney NE. Had my daughter the following year and dropped out to raise her. In the mean time, I also raised Rottweilers until all the wrong people were knocking at my door wanting aggressive pups, so I nuetered and and spayed them all and found some really good homes for them. Went back to college for a degree in Dental Hygiene (thought I was too old and poor by this time to become a Veterinarian like I wanted to) at a community college in Hastings NE. Moved back to Kearney briefly, married, had my son, then pursued career in Omaha NE. Hated the big city life. Went online looking for a job, saw an ad for Kearney, only it was in the "wrong" state. Called and set up a working interview and got the job. Been in Missouri since. Moved out of town to nearby Holt MO on a little piece of ground that is +- 10 acres with two ponds. Fenced in half with the larger of the ponds for our ever growing herd of labs. Currently we have three of each color in a "dazzling aray of shades". We are running them in AKC and HRC hunt tests and some are in training for derby and FT's.

Mike W.
06-30-2008, 08:08 PM
My name is Mike....39 years old. Born & raised in Dallas, now live just north in Plano, TX. I have been in the wealth management business for 17 years now, working for a Swiss bank. I grew up hunting and fishing...first bird dog we had was a Brittany that we shot quail over. First lab is now almost 11 years old and has been a wonderful housemate and hunting friend.

I just bought a 15 mo. old started female...her sire is "Chopper" and her mother is out of "Creek Robber" X Carronade's Lady Katherine..... She is currently being trained by Bill Russell in Gilmer TX, in preparation for a full fall-season of hunt tests. Glad to be on the board and back in the game!

duk4me77
06-30-2008, 08:38 PM
I'm Tim Bockmon and posted today under custom breeder.....maybe a bad joke, but a joke none the less.

I have four labs, Sarah 14 yr old at my feet, Gracie, Sarah's Granddaughter 6 yr old, Yapper heir apparent to Gracie 8 month old, and Sally 8wk old Col. Bowie.

I was a founding member of NorthEast Texas HRC but have not particpated for quite a while. Now I have Sallyand things might change.

I worked with thoroughbreds at the track almost starved and went into the family insurance business.

I had the opportunity to buy the family farm back and now I am a starving chicken man with a few cows and a h..ll of a lot of chickens . lol

The RTF is a wonderful tool......it is a shame that we have so much animosity in it. Reminds me of a Sammy Kershaw song, Politics, Religion, and Her.

I guess what I am saying is we all have puppies that look at us, adore us, and really don't know our political affiliation. All they know is that we are their world.

What the hell does politics have to do with retrievers?

Matt McKenzie
06-30-2008, 09:31 PM
Tim,
This will pass. It's just one of the cycles we go through.

duk4me77
06-30-2008, 09:42 PM
Thanks Matt,

Politics to me have nothing to do with dogs. Guess U and I might be in the minority.

Tim

Jake Sullivan
07-01-2008, 12:21 AM
I'm Jake Sullivan from Nacogdoches,Tx....the true Pineywoods.I have 2 labs.Gunner (2 year old ylm(for sale)) and then Nick (11 weeks).
I'm only 14..um..I show cattle and thats about it.

Shayne Mehringer
07-01-2008, 02:09 AM
My name is Don,

I'm Active Duty Air Force here at Holloman AFB New Mexico. I have orders to Kunsan AB Korea next month and I'll be moving to Hill AFB, Utah (Sept '09) after my year in Korea. I'm a beginner at training my pups but learning and having fun in the process. Looking forward to joining some HRC's, and doing some hunt tests when I return next year.

I'm originally from Traverse City Michigan (my hometown)

Thank you for your service!

SM

Colonel Blimp
07-01-2008, 03:20 AM
Eugene Molloy, currently living in rural Wales though born in heavily industrialised Birmingham. Retired senior executive in Chemical Disaster management.

The current team of four "British" Labs (pigadors all!); looking to further expand with more Springers.
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labman63
07-01-2008, 07:16 AM
Dave Burton- Pittsboro NC. Grew up(kinda) in WV along the Ohio River.
Operations supervisor in a power plant. I trained,bred and ran english pointers and setters in horseback field trials for almost 20 yrs until one of my employees invited me to go duck hunting with him. Got hooked and one yr later sold my horses and 13 bird dogs and now have three retrievers. If I'm not training dogs I'm thinking about it or dreaming about it. I'm addicted!

Ken Archer
07-01-2008, 10:36 AM
My name is Don,

I'm Active Duty Air Force here at Holloman AFB New Mexico. I have orders to Kunsan AB Korea next month and I'll be moving to Hill AFB, Utah (Sept '09) after my year in Korea. I'm a beginner at training my pups but learning and having fun in the process. Looking forward to joining some HRC's, and doing some hunt tests when I return next year.

I'm originally from Traverse City Michigan (my hometown)

Sure wish you could take your dog with you to Korea. There is some great pheasant hunting in that country as long as some Korean doesn't eat your dog.

LSpann
07-01-2008, 11:14 AM
Lonnie Spann, from Alabama (I didn't know that we were allowed to leave until I read Frontierlabs' post above).

Two Labs and a Boykin. We run HRC and AKC hunt tests.

LSpann

Gun_Dog2002
07-01-2008, 11:25 AM
Chris Atkinson

Hi guys. I have been living in Central IL for about 3 months. I moved my three labs here with my wife and our son Max who just turned 1 this month. I've been through a couple corporate acquisition deals, and have made a few career changes over the past few years. A leader in the grain processing industry brought me here as a marketing manager in the industrial sector.

I'm tickled to have made many personal friends through the retriever interests, both in my NAHRA career, from 1987 - 2002 (it ended with the "Rubbergate Scandal") as well as from the net, specifically from this site.

I'm 39 years old and enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, particularly waterfowl and upland hunting with the dawgs. I also have enjoyed competitive duck calling, which I finally got the guts to step on stage and give a try in 1997.

I'm really glad that RTN/RTF has evolved over the years to a nice spot on the net for folks to exchange knowledge, compare notes, and socialize.

- At your service! Chris Atkinson :wink:

Anybody ever wonder what happened to this nice young man...?

/Paul

Hambone
07-01-2008, 12:26 PM
Did a search just to make sure I hadn't responded in the past and couldn't find myself. I'm an administrator at a technical college in Idaho Falls, ID. Formerly from So. IL and ran HRC tests in IL, IN, KY. Moved to Idaho in 04 and run AKC HT out here. Have two dogs at present, my older dog is HRCH and a SH and is now a "meat dog" since he lost interest in playing the dog games. Bought a little female out of FT lines that I am training and she just got her SH. I am interested in FT's but have a lot to learn about training and handling to get there. Tried some Derbys last year and got to the 4th series a couple times but no ribbons - mainly due to my inexperience as a handler. Presently serving as president (and webmaster - www.eirclub.org) of our local retriever club and trying to get a training group going since I can't find other trainers and have to train alone most of the time.

Paul "Happy" Gilmore
07-01-2008, 04:15 PM
Paul Gilmore
Fall City, WA.
Breakwater Salutes USS Maddox CBR F 10-26-2006

I am a hobby trainer working my dog as often as possible, 3-4 times a week usually alone.(my biggest downfall) The weekends allow me to train with a great group of people with experience ranging from 60+ years as a pro field trialer to someone who just got his second JH ribbon.

I live within 10 minutes of the locally famous Carlson's Canine Country Club, "Home of Master Hunters and Field Champions" and about 20 minutes of Bob Peppers Retriever Training Grounds. Another 10 Minutes takes me to Cherry Valley Training Grounds.

I feel lucky to live and train in a great state and have met a great group of people as a result of my hobby.

christinaA
07-01-2008, 09:17 PM
Iím Christina A. from Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I ran off and joined the Army when I turned 18, and retired in 2000 after six years in the Army and 18 in the Navy. I was a mechanic in the Army and an electronics tech in the Navy. Moved around a lot over those years and spent a lot of time in the tropics. Moved to St. Croix, USVI, when I retired and mostly goofed off when I wasnít out deep sea fishing.
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One day at the marina in Dec 2003, I saw the most beautiful puppy I had ever seen! I had to have one!!! I didnít know anything about Chesapeakes or retrievers. I also didnít know anything about health clearances or bybís, and unfortunately found out the hard way when my precious pup (SHR Cruzan Captain Nemo) was diagnosed with hip dysplasia just before his first birthday. Nemoís first three years were spent playing on the beach and in the pool and on the boat. I saw some SRS stuff on TV, read ďThe Ten Minute RetrieverĒ and played around at a little retrieving with the one bumper I owned.
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Stuff happened, and I moved back to Oklahoma in Jan 2007 to be near my aging Momma and other family. I did some internet searching, made some phone calls and went to see my first dog event, an HRC hunt test that March. My dog could do that! Oh, but he had never seen a duck before! I tried to FF, but ran into trouble so sent him to a pro who did a very nice job. I joined two retriever clubs, attended more events (AKC HTís and FTís) and met some super people who have helped me a great deal. Itís been slow going, but we have both loved every minute of it and have learned so much! I now own a few more bumpers and a whole bunch of other stuff including a winger. Iím hooked! We are adding a new chessie pup to our pack in about eight weeks. My ďTigerĒ granddaughter is due to be born TODAY.
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Nemo earned his SHR title and has half of his JH which we should finish this fall. I donít know how much further we can go. He is handling pretty well and can pick up multiple marks (honoring is a different story!). With his bad hips, each time we train I know it could be the last time, but as long as he wants to keep going, Iíll happily go with him. I am hoping to find someone to take us hunting just once and let him pick up a wild bird before it's time for him to go back to being my footwarmer.

john fallon
05-06-2009, 06:35 PM
Who hasn't signed on yet ?

john

Linas Danilevicius
05-06-2009, 07:27 PM
I've posted before but never really introduced myself. I am a retired Fed and have moved 11 times in my adult life. I am now retired from the government and live in the wonderful State of Texas. I had been down here on business midway through my career and when I came home I told my wife how nice I thought Central Texas and the Hill Country was. I asked if she wanted to retire here and she looked at me as if I was crazy. Well, I have been with her for 32 years now and she is with me in Texas! After following me around the country and world for my 30 year career I guess it makes sense.

We have had several dogs but all had been rescue pups that somehow found their way into our home. Mostly 6 months or older and pretty much past the potty training. All were just very good house dogs. When we moved here I decided to look for a pup and in doing so I thought it would be fun to take up hunting. My wife was dead set against a pup...what ruin her new home! I pulled up a website with pictures of Lab puppies posted and showed it to her. That's all it took and she said okay.

Our little girl is now 8 weeks old tomorrow and has been home exactly a week. It has been a true joy to watch her explore her new world. Since we are both home there is always someone to play with or keep her company while she sleeps on the floor netx to our feet.

Hopefully I learn a lot from everyone on the forum. I have read a stack of books but until you try to apply the principles...we will just have to see. So far my little puppy appears to be smarter than me! Wish me luck...

Linas

John Robinson
05-06-2009, 07:27 PM
I'm John Robinson, I live and work in NW Montana near Flathead Lake. I'm a Landscape Architect and have worked in that field for the past 15 years. For the fifteen years before that I was Liscensed Charter Boat Captain in Hawaii. I spent a lot of time at sea mostly on sailboats, doing deliveries from as far as Connecticut to Hawaii, plus a lot of crusing on my own Cal-33 Kahili. In 1988 I met my wife to be Cheryl as she was a passenger on a sailing-snorkel trip off Maui.

We moved to Montana together in 1992 for a fresh start and bought our first Golden pup out of the paper. I met a NAHRA guy who showed me the ropes and we earned two ribbons at our first hunt test in 1993. That was it, we were hooked going all the way through MH with that first dog, then we got into FTs with Cody and Yoda.

I thought I would be doing a lot of fishing, hunting, hiking and sailing when I moved to Montana, I didn't realize that dog training was going take up all of my time off work. I fished Montana more when I used to vacation here, but I'm not complaining, these dogs are a great blessing.

John

Bubba
05-06-2009, 07:38 PM
Our little girl is now 8 weeks old tomorrow and has been home exactly a week. It has been a true joy to watch her explore her new world. Since we are both home there is always someone to play with or keep her company while she sleeps on the floor netx to our feet.

Linas

There is a puppy that just won the lottery :):)

The cycle continues regards

Bubba

badbullgator
05-06-2009, 07:44 PM
Thanks Matt,

Politics to me have nothing to do with dogs. Guess U and I might be in the minority.

Tim


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badbullgator
05-06-2009, 07:47 PM
My name is Nigel Niven. I live in a little town just outside of London. It has been awhile since I last posted, but I wanted to reintroduce myself to some of the newest members. I'm a retired member of the Queen's Royal Shilling Retrieval Unit, and as such, was tasked with training the monkeys used to retrieve various and sundry coinage from fountains and other public recepticles. It was fascinating work and I learned much from the monkeys that can be translated to dog training. I dare say, with my knowledge of training I would have no problems training a retriever to compete at the highest levels of your dog games. I think that training a dog to win these field trail games you often speak of would be child's play compared to training monkeys (they are intelligent and willful little blokes and as such require a higher level of skill than training a simpleton canine). I dare say one would not attempt to discipline a dog with corporal punishment, but spanking a monkey is often the most reasonable course of action when it misbehaves. At any rate, I'm here to help whomever might require it.


Damn I wish Nigel would come back

luvalab
05-06-2009, 08:00 PM
Hm. I guess I never posted to this thread.

I am Greta Ode, I live in central Ohio. When I got my first pet Lab in 1990 I read James Lamb Free and decided one day I was going to train a retriever, (but never trained that one to do anything but be stubborn--though I loved him and still miss him).

I started reading RTF when I had a new yellow Lab puppy to experiment on. I thought force fetch was unnecessary, and didn't think I had enough money to buy an e-collar, which would be cruel anyway.

Force fetch, e-collar, and 6 years later I'm proud to have a dog that mostly does what a good dog should, and--apparently having lost my mind, and deciding I needed another dog--a talented little two-year-old flat-coat I took on about a year ago.

In a nutshell: I teach high school, I read, I mess around with the dogs, I read RTF, and I do everything I possibly can to avoid yard work.

Thanks RTF!

Peggy Snyder
05-06-2009, 08:44 PM
I am Peggy Snyder, have worked in the ER for 19 years. Live on the western slope of Colorado and have the best of both worlds. Mountain surround us and we have skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, etc within a stones throw.
My love for dogs have been forever. I was always dragging some kind of dog home when I was a child. I had cockers for years until my last died at age 16. Went looking for a retriever as I enjoyed pheasant hunting and got my first Lab, Gracie. Have been hooked ever since. About 7 years ago we had a Irish Water Spanial in training......the most onry little cuss I have ever known but after you got to know him he was OK. After he went home I entertained the idea of getting one..6 months later we had Buckie back because owners could not deal with him. He stayed for about a year then went on to a good hunting home. I then was introduced to a Curly Coat Retrievers. I thought I was experienced enought to get one. WHOA BOY hang on. They are very different in many respects from the Labs and I'm sure God sent them to teach me a bit of something.....have yet decided on what. We had a guide service/training kennel for more than 10 years--my job was primarily the breeding and puppies. I made a good kennel/bird boy on many occasion. I have been working on training of my own dogs the last couple of years from start to finish..sometimes I'm good sometimes I'm not. But I have a passion for these Labs and Curlies and it keeps me busy when I am not in the ER.

LAwaterfowler
05-06-2009, 08:56 PM
I am Heath Jennings. born and raised in NW Louisiana. I am a process tehnichian operator and work @ UOP Honeywell in the Speacialty Materials Dpt. Basically a chemical plant that makes catalyst for different oil companies and things of that sort. I am probably one of the youngest here at 22. Love to hunt (deer, waterfowl,doves, and predators) Also enjoy fishing and my newest hobby, Labradors. I got my first pup about 3mths ago. A BLK F. She is great. She will be leaving in about 2wks to go to Tim MIlligan for her 5mth training program. We are avid duck hunters and hunt in Ar. Played baseball in college @ Panola Jr college in E. Texas. Probably plan on getting engaged in the next couple to years to my girlfriend of 5yrs which is currently in clinicals to become a RN

Franco
05-06-2009, 09:06 PM
She will be leaving in about 2wks to go to Tim MIlligan for her 5mth training program.



Your pup will be in good hands!

1st retriever
05-06-2009, 09:20 PM
My name is Stephanie Nissen. I was born, raised and still live in South Dakota. I will be 26 in July. I have had animals all my life. Dogs and horses are my first loves! I have always had a dog since I was little and got my first horse in 95. I help train dogs at the local 4-H Region Dog Project here in town. We train the kids and their dogs in Obedience, Rally, Showmanship, Agility, and Canine Good Citizen. I currently have two mixed breeds, an Irish Wolfhound, and a Golden. Zoe my IW is my first purebred and she was bought with the intention to show in the breed ring but she is too small. Corona my golden is being trained for Obedience, Rally, and HT's. I went through 4-H with my Border Collie/Springer Spaniel Brittany who just turned 10 in March. She still acts like she is 2 and is beyond hyper! Amazingly I was able to get her to settle down enough to get her CGC title on her a couple years ago! My area of interest has always been ob but hunt tests are fast catching up! I have one semester of Equine Management to finish and then I will have an Ag Resources Technology Degree. I have met many great people on this site and learned a lot about the retriever games and I thank Chris for that!!!

ArtC
05-06-2009, 09:41 PM
Art Cabral, southeastern massachusetts, had a couple of chessies til February when I lost my 14 yr old, down to one now. Hunt ducks, geese and upland with them. Haven't run any "real" tests, just club events, but do throw and shoot at tests that the club I belong to (yankee) puts on.

LAwaterfowler
05-06-2009, 10:01 PM
Your pup will be in good hands!

Thanks really great to hear. I was given his name by someone i respect in the game and have spoke with him several times. I am really excited

laker
05-06-2009, 10:09 PM
My name is Greg Lake. I'm 43,I've been married to my beautiful wife for 22 years. We have 2 boys, 19 and 15 yo. I live in northern Michigan and I work for a large wood products co. I've always loved sports and I still play basketball and hockey. I also love to hunt upland birds and waterfowl.
I've had hunting dogs since I was 18. I started out with German Shorthairs and English Setters. Then I got into duck hunting so naturally i got a lab. I've been hooked on the breed ever since. ;)
Right now I have a 5 month old Hilltops Hayseed pup (Butch).
I have never trained past the "meat dog" level, but I joined a club (Michigan Flyways Retriever Club) and Butch and I are going to work our way to a Jr. hunter title. :)

Wish me luck...;-)

RJG
05-06-2009, 10:51 PM
I've posted before, but never really introduced myself. My name is Randall - though I am a lady - and I've been married to my husband, John, for 33 years. We have 2 grown boys and 2 granddaughters. I retired after 30 years as an OR Charge Nurse and now do some per diem a couple of times a month. Iím originally from PA but, since the 70ís, weíve lived in the concrete jungle of South Florida - where you have to sneak onto the local parks in the wee hours in order to try to train.

John is a hunter and always had a Lab for water fowling. After his last Lab died in the late 90's, he was moaning around about missing having a Lab and wanting another. I asked him if he had lost his mind - our youngest was going off to college and we were FREE!!!! Well, he prevailed and we got our oldest Lab, Sage, in 1999. We discovered the hunt test world when trying to find something fun to do with our retriever when hunting season was over. Though John enjoys it, I became addicted. Sage was all show-lines and an ornery alpha to boot. After he got his SH and we realized that was as far as he would go, I decided I wanted a field bred retriever with a lot of drive (what was I thinking!?). Well, here we are several years later with THREE Labs Ė

Sage (HR Surryís Smoking Gun SH Ė 10yo),
Cleo (HR Trulineís Cleopatra MH Ė 5yo) &
Emmy (Prime Time Rising Star SH - almost 2yo).

Thanks to some excellent pro trainers and some really experienced friends, Iíve learned a lot -- and still have a lot to learn! Just when I think Iím getting a handle on this retriever game, I find out there is more to learn. But I love it and itís sure never dull.

blackdogclan
05-06-2009, 11:43 PM
My name is Jacquie Bourdon and I live on the north end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I have 2 blm Ė one at 1.5 yrs and the other 2.5 yrs. I got my first black lab 15 yrs ago and have been addicted to them ever since. I lost that old boy 2 years ago and attempted to fill the void of that loss with 2 new labs. :)

It was a challenge for me training two young dogs at the same time but am pleased with how they have come along and love the way the 3 of us have bonded.

I donít hunt but I am an avid outdoors person and enjoy backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, and mountain biking. My boys come with me on all of the outdoor adventures. That is my draw to labs, they are athletic, all weather dogs, who thrive in the outdoors, are easily trained (if you put the work into them) and are amazing companions. Iíve worked hard at training them so that I can take them backcountry with me Ė particularly in having off leash control, strong recall (we encounter lots of deer, rabbits etc and the occasional black bear) and good trail and house manners.

Iíve visited this site on/off and have commented once or twice. Iíve learned alot about different training methods and philosophies and have been able to put them to good use. I really appreciate the site and the information that can be found here.

Martin
05-07-2009, 12:19 AM
My name is Martin. live in Bryant Arkansas. My wife of 22 years, Missy. 2 kids, 19,18. mY boy graduates May 21 with honors. Gotta brag. My daughter ,19, lives life to the fullest! I'm a hair stylist ,22 years, and own a salon here in town. I enjoy Hunting anything with feathers and enjoy fishing around here and in south LA, Golden Meadow for reds and specks. I have had dogs all my life, first was ahlf lab half chow that my neighbor foung in the woods while hunting. Used him to hunt ducks. He would gurad the truck and retrieve any thing I told him to. I have a 10 yr yellow that I think was his last season this year. He doesn't know the word quit so I have to curtail him a bit. He still has the fire of a two year old but takes him a while to recover. Any one know how that feels?
I just got a new pup. She is 9wks old and she is a dandy! Her name is Pontachatoula, Chula for short. I plan on running hunt tests with her, not to win a national title or anything, just to keep the guns going and dogs running all year. I will hunt doves, ducks, rails and hopefully pheasants with her.
Nice to see such a diversified bunch on here and enjoy all the info and bantering on Here.

God Bless,
Martin

Josiah Greene
05-07-2009, 01:13 AM
My name is Josiah (Joe-Sigh-Uh) Greene. I'm originally from College Station, Texas. Graduated high school in Amarillo, Texas. I enlisted in the army after high school and after a stint on active duty, I started attending Auburn University in Alabama. I am coming up on a deployment with my reserve unit this summer and hope to return to Texas, marry my girlfriend, and live out my life-long dream of attendng Texas A&M University by finishing up my undergrad there. I think I just randomly came across this site on a search. I've always been a fan of labs, but didnt get interested in the hunting game until running across a local guy training at a local lake. I'm still a beginner but the more everyone posts, the more I learn.

Colin Moody
05-07-2009, 02:22 AM
I'm Colin Moody, originally from Kankakee, IL I have been blessed to be able to attend The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the past 5 years. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and was fortunate to grow up on the Kankakee River. Much of my time in Illinois was spent fishing with my dad and although he was not a hunter, he instilled in us kids a love for animals and a great respect for the outdoors. I quickly developed a passion for hunting after arriving in Alabama and my love for labs grew right along with it.

RTF has been the most useful source of information and ideas when it comes to training and like many others I can honestly saw I have become a better owner since I started visiting this site. I admire everyone here's dedication to the sport and their animals, and also the willingness to help out newcomers and those who have been around for awhile alike, whether it be a training issue or something more personal. This is a very unique community and I have enjoyed being a part of it.

Big E TX
05-07-2009, 12:01 PM
Hello all. My name is Evan from NW Houston. I have owned Labs all my life but never trained or had an AKC registered one. I hope to get into that soon.

If anyone in the Houston area wants to get their dogs together and train send me a PM.

gman0046
05-07-2009, 12:41 PM
Hi, my name is Gary from Anchorage, Kentucky which is just east of Louisville. Last October I lost the love of my life, an almost 7 year old black Lab female Molly in a tragic accident. Molly was a Dock Diving Champion who could jump over 22 feet all day long, her personal best was 23'4". She was field bred and extremely athletic and was the fastest running Lab I've ever seen. I was so grief stricken and not thinking too clearly and I allowed my daughter to talk me into getting a yellow Lab female puppy who we call Maggie that just turned 8 months old. Maggie comes from a line of hunters with titles of JH, MH and CH.The most notable being "Pete" CH Franklins Pickpocket For Kerrybrook MH who was the youngest in the Lab breed to attain the MH title. Maggie is shorter and more stocky then Molly and probably not nearly as athletic. She is a pretty good retriever and is just being introduced to water at a local lake. She's got a long way to go to ever match Molly's retrieving desire. I hope to learn a lot from the folks on this site as far as her training goes to be more driven to retrieve and become a duck hunter.

luvalab
05-07-2009, 01:21 PM
gman0046, I have a Pete pup as well. He likes to retrieve, but he LOVES to retrieve birds. If you haven't had a chance to really turn her on to birds, you might not have a clear picture of her retrieving desire.

I love my guy--he's got his quirks, and there are things about him that aren't "typical Lab," but he's got a ton of personality and, I'm told, he's been a great dog for someone who doesn't really know what they're doing (me).

m&s kennels
05-07-2009, 01:30 PM
my name is matt and i am a 24 year old paramedic and am attending a community colleges fire academy. i have 2 dogs soon to be three and i am brand new to the whole hunt test world( i have never ran one but want to with my new pup i am getting). i live in michigan and am a die hard wolverine fan. GO BLUE!!!!!!!:cool:

laker
05-07-2009, 01:42 PM
my name is matt and i am a 24 year old paramedic and am attending a community colleges fire academy. i have 2 dogs soon to be three and i am brand new to the whole hunt test world( i have never ran one but want to with my new pup i am getting). i live in michigan and am a die hard wolverine fan. GO BLUE!!!!!!!:cool:

Hi Matt.
Your a diehard Wolverine fan living in Lansing?? :razz:
From one U of M fan to another.....GO BLUE!! ;)

Maize and Blue regards, Greg. :D

gman0046
05-07-2009, 02:52 PM
luvalab, thanks for the info on one of "Petes" pups. We haven't tried any real birds yet but Maggies doing pretty good retrieving Dead Fowl trainers on land. The next step is going to be water retrieves. So far we've just been letting her play around at the lake. It's too bad I got her last fall when the water started turning too cold for a young puppy. I believe she's headed in the right direction as at my Daughters the other day we found her sitting in the fish pond. We'll see.

rpm 49
05-07-2009, 05:43 PM
hi, i'm dick martinsen born and raised in castlerock washington. 30 yrs in a papermill, hope it lasts a couple of more. married raised 5 kids. started with a golden ret. when i was 15(1975) saved all my fair money to buy her, ran big game hounds for 15 yrs. there was more goldens,setters and labs in there too. have competed in hunt tests since 94, i'm now working on my 5th master hunter, have one mntl plate we're 1 for 2. also have ran in 1 srs, a couple gun dog challenges, duckdog chall. and now the HRC at finished level. i currently own 2 english pionters and 1 blacklab female. if i can hunt it with a dog i'm there. dogs have taken me to many memorable people and places from some of the old time bear hunters of wash. and oregon to even bubba;-). nothing better than talking or traing dogs

Socks
05-07-2009, 06:05 PM
Joe Dickerson born and raised in S.E. Missouri and have been in S.E. Michican for the past 12 years. I started hunting about 6 years ago and now have my first hunting dog. Man what a learning curve I've got going on. He's in my avatar and he's a pointing lab. I'm hoping to get him titled as a GMPL and as a HRCH. I originally just wanted a pet that I could take out once or twice a year for pheasant, but I ended up winning the dog lottery and got JD. He's pretty hard charging and I think (yeah I'm biased) has a great nose for upland. I'm even taking up duck hunting this year just so I can do more hunting with him.

GeorgiaOnMyMind
05-07-2009, 08:50 PM
My name is Kerstin, and my Golden is "Georgia". We live in the Hostess City of the South. One day my husband came home with our golden girl. One of his soldiers bought a sibling pair and the wife didn't want to have a 2 year old son, pregnant with another one and be raising two dogs and have a husband that will deploy later this year. My husband, who had wanted a dog for our family for a while, didn't mind bringing her home, he named her "Penny" and our daughter's quickly changed her name to Georgia. Her parents are AKC registered, but I am not sure of any background, this is our first dog. I have read a few threads, don't understand most acronyms, and am looking forward to exchanging myself on this board.

CR_FowlDawg
05-07-2009, 11:04 PM
Hi, my name is Ryan White and I live in Castle Rock WA, I have worked for Airgas for 13 years. I have 2 beautiful daughters Hannah(4) & Jenna (2), I also better mention my very beautiful, patient and understanding wife of 14 years Shannon:) I have been training only since 2000, I now have 2 black labs, both of which I have put MH titles on, Parkdale's Vertical Limit "Jag" my 7 year old maniac & Cool Hand Luke's Bonita Senortia "Rita" who is 3, & thankfully came to me as my 2nd dog as her natural talent would have robbed me of so much understanding and training had she been my 1st dog.
I feel very fortunate to have accomplished what I have done as a punk kid, but it would not have been possible without all the wisdom of my training group!!

Dogs have also taken me and introduced me to some amazing people, of course with the exception of Bubba, who has taught me our friends are nothing more than a pack of baskirds, and you better have thick skin to hang around for any length of time :grin:

All kidding aside all the people that I have come across in the dog world have been very generous, and I feel very blessed!

John Kelder
05-08-2009, 03:47 AM
My name is Kerstin, and my Golden is "Georgia". We live in the Hostess City of the South. One day my husband came home with our golden girl. One of his soldiers bought a sibling pair and the wife didn't want to have a 2 year old son, pregnant with another one and be raising two dogs and have a husband that will deploy later this year. My husband, who had wanted a dog for our family for a while, didn't mind bringing her home, he named her "Penny" and our daughter's quickly changed her name to Georgia. Her parents are AKC registered, but I am not sure of any background, this is our first dog. I have read a few threads, don't understand most acronyms, and am looking forward to exchanging myself on this board.
Just what Gooser has been prayin' for , a woman to exchange herself..........

Socks
05-08-2009, 09:08 AM
My name is Kerstin, and my Golden is "Georgia". We live in the Hostess City of the South. One day my husband came home with our golden girl. One of his soldiers bought a sibling pair and the wife didn't want to have a 2 year old son, pregnant with another one and be raising two dogs and have a husband that will deploy later this year. My husband, who had wanted a dog for our family for a while, didn't mind bringing her home, he named her "Penny" and our daughter's quickly changed her name to Georgia. Her parents are AKC registered, but I am not sure of any background, this is our first dog. I have read a few threads, don't understand most acronyms, and am looking forward to exchanging myself on this board.

This helped me so it should help you.

http://www.retrievertraining.net/got.htm

kona's mom
05-08-2009, 10:14 AM
I have posted but never on this thread. My name is Nicole and I am orignally from NW Illinois. Been living in South Florida since '03. I'll be 39 this summer and have 2 daughters 19 and 16 and a 4 month old granddaughter. I currently work for Hilton as a Sales Manager for a Hampton Inn and Suites in town. Grew up with pets all my life. My first dog being a husky hybrid. Currently I have Kona who is a yellow lab dog almost 13 months old. Started off with him in the conformation ring but went to my first hunt tests back in February. After seeing what they were all about I exposed Kona to it and my laid back bench lab became neurotic about birds. Kona is a moderatly bred lab. His sire is a CH bench bred and bitch is line bred out of Shamrock Acres's and some classic FC and Eng FTCH lines( CNFC,FC-AFC PELICAN LAKE PETEY TWO ,1984 NAFC-FC TRUMARC'S ZIP CODE , DIXIE'S CHEROKEE ROSE ,ENGLISH FT BRED MILLNER OF HAMBROOK ). Yes I know it's 6 generations back but at least it's quality;-)..

We have joined the local club here and met some really great people. I had Kona evaluated by a pro but I couldn't afford the $$$$. So I have decided to do the training myself along with the help of my club. I think in the long run I will have a bigger sense of accomplishment putting the title on my dog. And who knows how far we will go. There are only 42 bench bred labs that have ever acheived MH. I know it's a huge long shot but what the hell why not;)

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j257/NICOLEWELLINGTON/KOB004.jpg

brandywinelabs
05-08-2009, 01:54 PM
Greg Wilmes in Paducah, KY. I've had labs since 1981. In 1983 I bought my first competition lab, Brandy. I didn't know it was a competition lab until a few years later though. He was a Supa Chief grandson. When we moved to Denver from Minnesota, we joined the lab club out there as a way to meet people. In 86 I bought my first show dog, Jasmine. Yep, she did become a CH. It was then I got introduced to the WC and then Hunt tests. Soon I had two dogs running in the hunt tests. We decided that some show lines produced very good hunting dogs and have concentrated on the all-around-lab in our breedings. We have been blessed with a CH/MH, Duggan. We have a Duggan daughter and a Duggan granddaugher. Following 9-11, my job and a lot of other things went south. Sadie, Duggan's daughter, had MH passes before we had to quit because of financial reasons. Sadie's daughter Belle, came along about that time too. She was sired by a CH/MH (2 in her pedigree) and is wonderful dog. We have bred a CH, Belle's sister. Recently, things changed so that we can play the game again. At the age of 7, Belle, should be having her first litter in about a month. I feel she has great potential in the field. But with only no pressure type training days for her due to no consistent formal training since there was no plan to compaign her, she has no accomplishments to her name. But they will come.
My occupation: computer programmer.

dixidawg
05-08-2009, 02:23 PM
My name is Greg Lake.
;-)



Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends...."



THAT Greg Lake????????:cool:

Susan
05-08-2009, 02:57 PM
Hi, Susan Wing from Chula Vista, CA. Been here awhile but never introduced my self. Had dogs all my life while growing up in Southern California. During the 60’s and 70’s got involved in showing, breeding, training, and racing AKC whippets. Traveled from Mexico to Canada and made lots of wonderful friends. Went back to school, finished my degree and was hired as a Biology Professor at SWC in Chula Vista, CA. Retired after 32 years of teaching biology, zoology, and animal behavior in 2005. Got my first lab in 1982 from show lines. Was a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Raised three labs that went on to be service dogs. Decided to another lab in 1995. He was a very active pup and though from show lines showed an interest in birds. Sent him away for 3 months of basic training with a hunt test pro and then got involved in AKC and NAHRA hunt tests and was hooked. Unfortunately he had severe elbow dysplasia but I did handle him to JH and SR titles and he was well on his way to advanced titles when he was retired. Purchased my first field bred lab in 2001. With basics done by Carol K. and advice from my mentors, the Erwins, we completed her MH and I am currently running her in Quals to get some line experience. I also have a young blm, Moose. He was raised by RTF’s very own Angie B. His basics were completed by Carol K. and he is now with Rob Erhardt. My long term goal is to eventually handle him in Amateur trials and I will be leaving California in June to spend the next three months working with Rob and Moose in Montana. I am a member of the SDR & FTC and have been Hunt Test and Field Trial Secretary for many of the last ten years. Hope to see some of you in the North West this summer.

Certainty
05-08-2009, 08:14 PM
Hi there. I am Katherine Taylor-Green from Central Ohio. DH bought our first Lab in "01" to train as a gun dog. I used to breed GSDs and wanted to breed Labs. I am so addicted to puppies! So we bought a nice chocolate female. Her pedigree wasn't fancy but she had some AKC titles in her background. We met some great people as we sold a litter of pups a year to hunters wanting pups to train.
We added 2 more females, yellows, one a Point Doctor bred field Lab. We bought a wonderful bench bred male from Dickendall lines who was 4 at the time. We met Carol Elam, a pro trainer who got us interested in hunt tests. She took that bench bred male and had 2 titles on him in no time! That was last year when he was 5. Prior to that, he knew nothing, not even obedience. He is still working toward Seasoned and our Point Doctor female just earned her SHR title this past weekend.
We have a young female out of our yellow girl, Soleil, and Carol's male, Blaze. She is coming along.
We are so hooked! Especially me. I work with Carol as much as possible, learning to train as I go. I have bought equipment so that I can train alone when I have to. I take advantage of all the training days our club puts on.
Who says there isn't life after kids? This 57 yr old grandmother is up to her ears in the Labrador life and loving it!

Montview
05-08-2009, 08:27 PM
Thanks to all of you seasoned competitors, hunters, and trainers, for inspiring the latest "generation" of folks getting involved in this sport! :)

I just realized that I posted on this thread back in June '08, but things have changed for this 33-year-old veterinarian: Newly single and enjoying myself (though still best friends with my ex-husband), have gotten one JH pass this past fall (though training on hold for now since I may be looking to move- southern California where I am currently vs. moving back to the Pacific NW where I was born/raised), and finished an RN title. Working toward more performance titles, and hoping to pursue much more field work in the not-so-far future.

Other activities I enjoy include scuba diving, hiking, rock-climbing, water sports, camping, wine-tasting, and I have my motorcycle license so I would really like to get a nice little cruiser to ride. :) I also have a hang-glider that I haven't used yet...

It really is fun to "meet" folks here and great to read about peoples' families and experiences, too!

Thank you Chris...RTF is a pretty amazing place. :cool: -Julie

Chris Atkinson
12-22-2009, 11:07 AM
I'm bumping this thread to the top for some of our new members.

Packleader, how about if you start?

Please share with us a bit about yourself and your retriever games/activities, etc.?

Thanks,

Chris

Chris Atkinson
12-22-2009, 11:14 AM
I bumped a thread that's been around for nearly 7 years, so that some of the newer folks can introduce themselves.

Packleader, you've amassed quite a number of posts since joining RTF this month. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

To Packleader and several other newer RTF members, welcome to RTF!! Enjoy the resource and please try to share, learn, and treat address others as you yourself would like to be addressed.

Thanks, Chris

To see the introduction thread, click ----> HERE-Intro Thread (http://www.retrievertraining.net/forums/showthread.php?t=8939)

Maxs Mom
12-22-2009, 11:16 AM
My name is Ann, and I am in MI near Detroit.

We currently have a 6 yr old lab Belle, and a 3 yr old golden Teddi. Primarily we compete in agility, but we want to try these two out next year at WC's and maybe junior hunter. I found this board when I got tired of the attitude on another Lab board. :rolleyes:

On Saturday we are driving to MN to pick up our NEW lab puppy. She was born 10/28. She too will be an agility dog but we will train her for some hunt test stuff too. You will be seeing pictures.

In October I lost my heart dog Maxine to osteosarcoma she was a golden. I like my labs and goldens. :D I have started my research for my next golden breeder. I hope in about a year to bring home a golden pup. I want the lab to get some basic training in. I am sure I will be here asking a lot of questions about breeders and what to look for as my search takes off. I saw the thread recently about field golden breeders. I plan to look closely at that when I have some time.

It is just DH and myself, no human kids just fur ones. And baby makes 3

FOM
12-22-2009, 11:22 AM
Hi my name is FOM (on RTF) and I'm addicted to retrievers, all things retrievers, hunting big and small animals, hanging out with other retriever addicts, smelling like dead duck does not offend me, I still throw a bird like a girl but at least I go throw birds, I have converted my husband to the cult of retrievers, black dog hair in my food does not bother me, nor does dog goober....dog vommit on the other hand....I enjoy Sunday mornings the best when my old man (the dog, not husband) likes to cuddle until late morning....I do not like it though when he wakes me at 4:30am to drag me into the kitchen to beg for the cheese bread left out on the counter....I pretend to be a moderator here on RTF, I have made many, many friends via RTF and being involved with dogs and the theory holds true, I still enjoy the dogs more than the people, no offense, but it is true....welcome one and all, old and new RTFers, lurkers and non-lurkers....Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....

FOM

rabersin
12-22-2009, 11:27 AM
My name is Ron, I have been an amateur trainer/handler in the Hunt Test game for several years. My previous dog Sunnyview's Lightning Bolt had passed his first Master test and then was diagnosed with Cancer and I had to put him down soon after that. I then wanted a pup out of a certain male. It took about a year and a half to get that pup, he was born 6/25/08, Ron's Master of the Duckside, "Vader". Last year I ran him in the Senior and he titled in five straight tests at just 13 months. I did run him in his first master last October, but he was not carried to the second round (a little weak on the second blind). We will be ready for Masters this next spring. He is a great young dog that works hard and does the work with great enthusiasm. I just bred a female I am partners with my younger brother. I kept a female out of the litter Bersin's Supersonic Vapor Trail, "Jett". She is 10 weeks old. we are just getting to know each other and spending time together. I can see things in her that make me very excited. I plan to run her later this next year in the Senior, maybe even a Derby or two (I may be entering Vader in a Derby also this next year), we'll just have to see. I enjoy working with the dogs and seeing their progress. I also hunt my dogs. Nothing beats watching a well trained retriever do its work (especially when that dog is yours). I appreciate this site and the help it gives me. Hope to meet some of you soon (The National Master in CA this next year). Good Luck to everyone

Pals
12-22-2009, 11:41 AM
Hi my name is Nancy and I'm a retriever junkie.

I have four golden retrievers and one retrieving terrier.

I like dead ducks, live ones are stinky.

I can throw like a guy when I want, if I think you are an idiot I will throw your bird over my head, making sure it lands in a tree.

My dogs are allergic to bandanna's and like to play in the mud.

My dogs live in the house with me and my saintly(although scruffy) husband.

My family thinks I'm crazy.

My good friends have more dogs then I do.

I spend every weekend either: training dogs, pretending to train dogs, shooting at things, watching dogs work, judging dogs working or thinking about training dogs.

I spend my weekdays locked in an office yelling at farmers, as I must support my dog habit.


Retriever Junkie regards-

mlp
12-22-2009, 12:28 PM
My name is matt and I have six labs. I don't do alot of HT's or FT's but train my dogs everyday. I train my dogs for hunting. I can't get enough training done because I got to work for a living but if I win the lottery that will change;)

150class
12-22-2009, 12:35 PM
just curious
How many new members does RTF see in a week or month?
I ask because I rarely see folks introducing themselves

Ken Bora
12-22-2009, 12:41 PM
WHOA...what makes you think this is adequate??? We demand the entire syrupy resume, if you please. :wink:

UB


Ah, too long to read, is there a mini series i can watch on tv to save me time...

/Paul

We have the script ready, still waitin for Vin Diesel to become available to play the part of me:cool:

FOM
12-22-2009, 12:50 PM
And I'm waiting for the Travelocity Gnome to become available to play the part of me! :lol:

FOM

Pierce2988
12-22-2009, 12:56 PM
My name is Pierce Markowitz

I am a newbie, but I love this thing and am on it almost every minute.

I am a 21 year old Political Science Major at Georgia Southern University.

I have been Duck Hunting for years and I just recently bought my first pup a male yellow named Rhett.

I really like everyone on here and they try to be helpful to a newbie.

My passion is now my dog and now I hope to become a trainer one day. As soon as I train myself.

Tom D
12-22-2009, 01:09 PM
I started training my own dogs in 1977 for hunting. Reading James L. Free book and what ever was available at the time.

Started running NAHRA in 1989. Competed in both AKC and NAHRA when the AKC started in hunt tests. I have been strictly running field trials the last four years.

I enjoy carving decoys and rebuilding sneak boxes. There is nothing like duck hunting in the bay with decoy’s you carved, boat you made and a dog you trained.

Tom DeFusco

metalone67
12-22-2009, 01:24 PM
I never really introduced myself, just jumped in on here with both feet as I do with anything
I love my labs like my children. I own 4 labs 2 rotties and recently a Staffashord Terrier.
I don't do the Ht Ft much but did happen to put a few legs on my oldest YLF. Kept two of her pups to see if I could screw them up just as bad. LOL
We run the regional upland feild trials for fun and a little recognition but basically like hanging with other hunters/trainers.

I enjoy all the hunting there is. I'm addicted to seeing my daogs run in the feils as I'm an avid upland hunter.
Plan on breeding my oldest agiain in the spring she comes from no titled stock but has shown some big bad dogs how it's done plus she is very gentle and trainable. She passed this on to he daughters that have her tempermant and their dadys birdiness.
I enjoy all the helpful info I get from this site that I apply to my own program and try to help others that i can.

My girls names are From the left in my avatar Maize(mom), Willow and Callie my lover girl ( she's attached to the hip).
Love this site and am glad I was told about it. best advertisement is word of mouth.
Also I like the fact that if I travel somewhere there may be someone at my destination willing to share their time with me in training.
Great site and my hat off to whomever started it.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

reel determined
12-22-2009, 01:38 PM
My name is reel determined( boat's name). I love duck hunting, fishing surfing and just being outdoors. I got my first hunting dog, Copper, about 3 weeks ago and hoping I can turn him into a great hunting buddy. I would like to be able to take him everywhere I go. I started reading the site to try and learn some stuff before I got my pup and then joined when I got him. I have learned a lot and Copper is doing great. Thank for all the help.

HoosierDoggy?
12-22-2009, 02:09 PM
Hi all, names Mike, and I've been in and out of the dog game for a number of years. Worked as a guide for years working behind dogs I trained myself. I am here for multiple reasons - some of which include advice on my next dog, training tips for finally having a dog that's got a ribbon or two, and the fun that the retriever world brings.

My previous dogs were "meat dogs" with a twist, they were capable of many of the drills I read about for years. I want to take it to the next level, and I figure you gents and ladies would be a wonderful resource.

PackLeader
12-22-2009, 02:11 PM
Hi Chris!

Well I don't know where to so I might as well start with my first dog "Baron Von Hitler" a red doberman my father got when I was 5. Shortly after came another doberman "black" had to have both colors.

By the time I was 14 I had adopted a Pitt Bull from the shelter and that was the first dog I trained myself. He was great at chasing the neighbors cats. LOL

My next dog was a Rot named Magnum that I purchased from a decent breeder who I also trained myself. Did some protection work with him nothing major, my dad was a cop at the time so he helped me out a bit.

It was around that time I met a guy running coon dogs. I know he competed but I cannot tell you much more. I never went to any competition's only hunts and trainings with the dogs.

It was then that I first learned about Pack Drive and what really makes a tracking dog tick. I knew if I could get a dog to track a human like a coon dog tracks coons I would really have something..

I was introduced to the e-collar in the 80s by the same guy. I have learned e-collar methods from many hunters over the years. What I mostly learned is that e-collar training is much like training a tracking dog, it's not a science It's an art form.

Anyway after Magnum came another Rot that I trained to a great level of obedience, some protection work. Then Someone offered me the right price for him and off he went. Stupid move..

1998 I went out and purchased a golden lab, that was my first real hunting dog. I look back now and know that I had no idea how great that dog was. I had to eventually put her down for medical issues.

It was around that time I started going to shelters and doing what I could. I was happy just to take the dogs on walks, but many I would adopt, train, and place in a good home. I did a lot of that, it's a great way to learn how to train a dog and help out at the same time. In 2000 I started e-collar training dogs in obedience as a side job. I had trained dogs long before this but not primarily using the e-collar. Back then trying to tell the shelter people you were going to train a dog with a shock collar they freaked. So again I would train and place.

I think that was around the time when Fred was still driving an
old beat up van..Anyway it was around this time I started to look at all the diffrent e-collar methods.

In 2001 after 911 I got interested in SAR dogs and detection dogs. I Waited until 2002 to get a good candidate from a breeder with parents that were working in the same field with great success.

The stud was FISH' N GAME RADER handler Roger Guay of the Maine Warden K9 team. I trained her in live wilderness with much help from other SAR handlers and trainers.

Then I bred Zoe in 2006 and had my black lab Trigger. Trigger is also trained in wilderness SAR. In 2007 we got certified in Basic SAR and Wilderness Navigation.

Shortly after the litter I purchased Champ, my Boxer from German lines who is training in tracking and PP, yes I have my hands full!

This spring I'm getting another lab I intend to use for sport retrieve. Until now I never had an interest in any type of sport training.

I guess that was from trying to explain to people all the time that AKC tracking is not how you train a SAR dog, and the safest line to the bird was the best line!

Can't remember how many times I used that one.

ATM as far as learning goes I been cramming in more about sniffer dogs for the past two years than anything else. I hope someday soon I can place a few detection dogs in the hands of the DHS.

The sport retrieve stuff will be my relaxation time.

Some people like golf, I like dogs.:)

Donald Flanagan
12-22-2009, 02:58 PM
I'm Donald!
Some might classify me as a lurker, because if I don't have anything (that I consider) valuable to add to the conversation, I don't post. Most of the time, my sentiments precisely reflect the condolence, congratulation, kudos, etc., that others express, but I hate having to scroll through 20 posts that are identical. Just a personal tic.

My now 9-month-old puppy is my first dog ever, and I am a first-time trainer. Needless to say, this forum has been invaluable.

I greatly enjoy the fact that there are professional trainers here that are willing to share their profound experience, for free, with people like me. I am so grateful for everybody here who provides constructive criticism, useful input, and timely advice in a friendly manner. I am also grateful for people like Russ and folks at my local sporting dog club who have welcomed me into their training groups, even though they don't know me from Adam.

I enjoy Rich Halstead's trips down memory lane. I wish I knew more about the history of the sport, so that I could participate (without cheating/googling) in his discussions of the greats of our sport.

Keep up the good work, and thank you for putting up with us lurkers!

Gun_Dog2002
12-22-2009, 04:18 PM
We have the script ready, still waitin for Vin Diesel to become available to play the part of me:cool:

I thought Danny Devito was playing you in the movie?


/Paul

Dale
12-22-2009, 04:26 PM
My name is Dale.

I am an addict.
I became addicted in 1989 when I got my first lab, just a huntin dog.
1991 I got number 2.
By 93 I had 3.
In 1995 my addiction to a turn for the worse (or better depending on who is looking at it)
I started running hunt test.
I/we have had as many as 7 at one time.
Currently it's 4 labs and a rescued Chessie.
I do volunteer work to try and create more addicts, especially the young.
I also help other addicts get there fix.
I am thankful that I am not a recovering addict.


This is to much fun regards.

Rich Baker
12-22-2009, 04:31 PM
Hi all I really like this web site. it has offered me a ton of help in doing one of the things I love! I appreciate that.:D I think its only fair to tell you all a little about myself.
I grew up in Michigan (Saginaw area) and moved out west with the US Navy in the late 80s, I was on Subs till the mid 90s when I settled in Oregon.
I've always loved Motorcycles
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/rbfree/Red%20woods%20run/IMG_1898.jpg
The Oregon coast is an awesome place to ride!
I've always been a big bow hunter
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/rbfree/1413580-R1-032-14A.jpg

I got into duck hunting a few years back and fell in love with the dogs, We have a target rich environment here
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/rbfree/10-15-2005-01.jpg
I have 4 children that are raised and on there own and I'm also raising two grand kids. I believe in getting my kids evolved in the outdoors
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/rbfree/10-15-2005-15.jpg
My wife Patty loves dogs but isn't a hunter and thinks ducks should be left alone in a park. Her idea of fun is concerts. She love Keith Urban More than Me. and that's ok I still love her. LOL
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/rbfree/HPIM0595.jpg
She tells me I cant do everything but I do try. I also am a avid Fly fishermen and I tie flies as well. But that's a whole different story. Thanks for the welcome reception into your community

Gun_Dog2002
12-22-2009, 04:35 PM
My name is Steve Elliott

/Paul

MooseMT
12-22-2009, 05:01 PM
My name is Jeff and l live in MT. I trained my first bird dog (brittany mix) as a teenager, then got into training retrievers in my early 20's. I started out getting free dogs, training them and then placing them in good hunting homes. Got my first chessie in the early 80's. I got the HRC bug in the mid 80's was a finished judge. Took a break because life took over, whittled down my dog pack and placed all but 2 of my 12 personal dogs with good homes (kept a blm and cbr) Currently we have one Chessie and one springer. I am a goose hunting addict. The springer is our house dog and resident bunny exerciser. Moose is my hunting buddy. When I got Moose I wanted to get back into the dog games. I never figured this ole redneck would ever participate in a dog show but I showed him myself in conformation shows (wearing my cowboy boots too). He got his CH this last summer. This spring we are going to hit the hunt tests circuit. There aren't very many hunt tests closeby, so we will probably do a mismash of NAHRA, HRC and AKC tests to see which ones are the most fun to us. I have lurked here for some time have found some interesting tips and links.

Jeff

labsforme
12-22-2009, 05:23 PM
Poor Terry.

/Paul call me or I go to McAfee

Jeff

seandcso75
12-22-2009, 05:51 PM
My name is Sean and I live in St. Donatus Iowa which is just south of Dubuque. I am married with one son. I am a Deputy Sheriff for Dubuque County. I have 3 Labs, 1 black, 1 yellow, and 1 chocolate and 1 Rat Terrier. I hunt Ducks/Geese and pheasants with the occasional squirrel and rabbit with my dogs.
I got my start about 10 yrs ago when I got my 1st Lab. His name is Bear. My dad used to train dogs about a million years ago and when I got Bear he told me to look up a guy he used to train with named Ron Ainley. I was just a 24 year old kid and I called Ron and he invited me to come out and train with him. I learned a lot from Ron and I of course I am still learning because each dog brings new challenges. I still come to Ron with questions and he is always more than willing to help out. I can't thank him enough. Bear is now going on 11 and had both of his ACL's blown out and can barely walk, but if I invited him to go hunting he would in a hearbeat. I love that 'ol dog.

I am currently working with my new pup Estes. She comes out of Ten Bears Road Trip which many of you may know. She is our special little girl. She has her days though where she likes to test my patience but when it's time to work she gets down and dirty. Estes will be my primary hunting dog and she will enter HRC and AKC hunt tests and possibly an occasional Derby, depending on how well she progresses.

I just wanted to say that since I have been a member of this forum I have spoken to several people from here and they have been nothing but super nice. I just wish the world was filled with more people like them.

The picture/avatar you see is Bear after he had ACL surgery. Isn't he cute with the cone?

seandcso75
12-22-2009, 05:57 PM
My name is Dale.

I am an addict.
I became addicted in 1989 when I got my first lab, just a huntin dog.
1991 I got number 2.
By 93 I had 3.
In 1995 my addiction to a turn for the worse (or better depending on who is looking at it)
I started running hunt test.
I/we have had as many as 7 at one time.
Currently it's 4 labs and a rescued Chessie.
I do volunteer work to try and create more addicts, especially the young.
I also help other addicts get there fix.
I am thankful that I am not a recovering addict.


This is to much fun regards.

Hi Dale!! I too am an addict

Clayton Evans
12-22-2009, 06:00 PM
I bought my first Chesapeake in 1993 after going to a hunt test and watching. It seemed that everyone had a black dog and I couldn't
be like everyone else. He was bought from a byb because I didn't have internet and couldn't find anyone who new about the breed. He turned out to be dysplastic in both hips but lived to be 11 years old and was a fantastic gundog.
I decided to educate myself and become a breeder and bought 4 more Chesapeake's and sent them to a pro for training and had a very bad experience. He trained my first thru the JH after a years training, burnt the second up with the collar, fell on the third and dislocated her hip so wouldn't pass OFA, the 4 th took 3 months to FF and I had seen enough of that chit.
So finally got internet and more education learning from you guys about OFA, cerf, titles and training. I retired in 2001 and went to work for another pro for 1 1/2 year who helped me become a better handler and trainer. Thur your help I decided before I bred anything they had to have a title, all the clearances for that era and would only breed one litter a year which we still do.
I have titled to date 14 JH, 9 SH, and 1 MH with 3 more that will finish their MH this next year. I also help 5 ladies that were conformation and obedience people train their dogs thru the SH level. We all belong to 2 retriever clubs and do all we can to help out there.
I also rescue Chesapeakes that are brought to my attention, 6 last year, and train them in ob and hopefully find them a forever home.
I am a lurker as I still consider myself self not a good enough trainer to be telling others how to do it.
I was told by a pro one time" If you can train a Chesapeake thru the MH level you can train any of the retriever breeds" and I have found that to be a true statement as I purchased my first Lab last year and at 17 months she had a SH and 1 pass on her Mh before the hunt test season ended.
I want to say a Big Thanks to all on this board that have helped me along the way. I turned 70 this year but still want to play with the dogs as long as I can.

Chris Atkinson
12-22-2009, 06:49 PM
Chris Atkinson

Hi guys. I have been living in Central IL for about 3 months. I moved my three labs here with my wife and our son Max who just turned 1 this month. I've been through a couple corporate acquisition deals, and have made a few career changes over the past few years. A leader in the grain processing industry brought me here as a marketing manager in the industrial sector.

I'm tickled to have made many personal friends through the retriever interests, both in my NAHRA career, from 1987 - 2002 (it ended with the "Rubbergate Scandal") as well as from the net, specifically from this site.

I'm 39 years old and enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, particularly waterfowl and upland hunting with the dawgs. I also have enjoyed competitive duck calling, which I finally got the guts to step on stage and give a try in 1997.

I'm really glad that RTN/RTF has evolved over the years to a nice spot on the net for folks to exchange knowledge, compare notes, and socialize.

- At your service! Chris Atkinson :wink:

The above was written in 2003. Here I am nearly 7 years later.

I just turned 46. My boys, I have two now, are 5 years old and my older one turns 8 shortly after Christmas.

The three labs that I had when I wrote the above are all buried in the backyard.

We now have a 3 year old BLM who has a few minor stake accomplishments and is probably the best dog I've ever trained. We just got a rescue dog from the shelter after our last of the labs we moved to IL with crossed the bridge.

RTF is bigger today and my hair is more gray.

Thanks to all of you for making RTF what it is!

Chris

twall
12-22-2009, 07:38 PM
Jeff,

Welcome to RTF. That is a nice looking dog. Congratulations on the CH. It's a little more than just runnin' around in a circle isn't it?

Who are the sire and dam of your dog?

Tom

Leddyman
12-22-2009, 08:24 PM
I'm Terry,

Chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear, and when I do, it’s always something unusual.

I have a dog.

Oh Yeah!...Welcome new chicks. You dudes will have to welcome yourselves.

MooseMT
12-22-2009, 09:11 PM
Jeff,

Welcome to RTF. That is a nice looking dog. Congratulations on the CH. It's a little more than just runnin' around in a circle isn't it?

Who are the sire and dam of your dog?

Tom

Tom, thanks I think he is a purty sob too, but I am biased. Yes the show stuff was an eye opener for me. I really like the socialization for the dogs and I incorporated some field training techniques too. Teaching a dog to stack/stand comes in handy more than I would have thought. You can pull stickers out of pads, check for wire cuts etc. The vet appreciates being able to look in their mouth during an exam.

He is CH Spinnakers Moose Montana out of CH Chesabar Copper Mine (Sire) and CH Quailridge Maritime Maddness (Dam). I got him from Spinnaker Ridge Chesapeakes (KS). They breed very well rounded Chessies, they hunt their dogs and show them alot and are real good folk.

I got Moose with the intentions of having a new hunting buddy having lost my 9 year old buddy (Griz) to cancer. I was planning on just getting back into the hunt test circuit after a 20 year break from them and of course hunting with him. I just did the show thing as a whim, but I am glad I did. We will run finished tests in HRC and similar in the other venues this spring.

Jeff

RJG
12-22-2009, 11:45 PM
Hi. My name is Randall and we live in the concrete jungle of South Florida. My husband always had a Lab to hunt with - just took it out to the back yard with Water Dog, taught it to retrieve and took it duck hunting. I was being a mom and an OR nurse and never paid much attention to the dog. Our Lab, Angus, died about the same time our last son went to college and we were FREE at last! Whee! :D
But my husband insisted that we needed another Lab so I begrudgingly went along with it. :(

Then a friend invited us to come watch a training day at Treasure Coast. Wow Ė it was pretty amazing and I was slowly but surely led down the road to Retriever Addiction.

Here I am 8 years later with three Labradors, a bunch of Camo clothes, my own shotgun, hooked on retriever training, HTís, and soon to try a FT. No turning back now!

Iíve learned a lot in 8 years but still have so much to learn. RTF provides a lot of interesting information on retrievers and training.

As an added bonus - it has some of the most clever, hysterically sarcastic, 'laugh out loud' funny posters of any site Iíve ever read. Sometimes I find myself laughing out loud!

SeniorCoot
12-23-2009, 08:47 AM
Ralph Nestor aka SeniorCoot,We have a small farm in laCrosse Wi. area and three labs-2BLM's 9 & 11 and a YLM 18 mos-- we hunt each year in canada and Wi most years in SD and or ND IA and last fall spent 2+ mos on a ranch in MT- Nest fall I am going back to hunting moose early and then going to MB for Dux/Geese. My wife and i are both retired.

MooseGooser
12-23-2009, 10:39 AM
Hi I'm Gooser!!
Thats what I reall ygo by!!

I have 2 dogs.

1 is 9 and she knows "Sit" (sorta),, and she will come to me ifn I rattle a TATER chip bag!!

I've worked harder on the second one!!

Shes 4!!

She like Slim Jims better than Tater Chips

:p:p:p

Gooser

metalone67
12-23-2009, 10:50 AM
Hi I'm Gooser!!
Thats what I reall ygo by!!

I have 2 dogs.

1 is 9 and she knows "Sit" (sorta),, and she will come to me ifn I rattle a TATER chip bag!!

I've worked harder on the second one!!

Shes 4!!

She like Slim Jims better than Tater Chips

:p:p:p

GooserGooser some of your comments just crack me up. Chips and Slim Jims'
I have a 13 yr old CM he can't hear a thing, but just touch the refrigerator door handle and he just appears behind you.

joshfcb
12-23-2009, 12:29 PM
Hey RTFer's

My name is Josh. I live in far Western Kentucky about 45 minutes south of the famed Ballard Co. Refuge. I grew up hunting (mainly squirrell, rabbit, dove) but lost interest in high school.

The desire for a well trained family pet, exposed me to the wonders of gun dogs about a year ago and I fell in love.

My first Lab(possibly mix), Lucy came from our local shelter. She is the dog I can credit for my new found obsession despite the fact that she barely retrieves and doesn't like to swim. During her obedience training, I was lucky enough to get exposed to gun dogs by her trainer, thus my second dog was purchased.

Gunner, was purchased by me on 1/3/09 at 6 weeks old. Good hunting and trialing stock but his parents were just decent meat dogs at best, and came from a back yard breeder. I bought him solely for the purpose of making him a gun dog. A battle with parvo on his third day at my house almost ended that dream. Thank God it didn't. My little man went from 13 lbs to less than 8, spent a week at the vets but pulled through. He is now just over a year old, been on 3 hunts and has about 30 retrieves under his belt.

I started duck hunting seriously this year, only to have that time with him. I could care less about killing anything, but it doesn't hurt. He is my best friend and goes almost everywhere with me.

My wife and I are expecting our first child in May (a Boy!) and I hope that I pass my love of dogs and newfound love of hunting on to him.

Thanks to everyone who administers and posts on this board. Definitely the most knowledgeable group of lab owners on the internet. Luckily, I get to check this board 3-5 times a day and always learn something.

I hope that someday, I can contribute something instead of just taking.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Josh

Coalman
12-23-2009, 12:31 PM
David from the seacoast region of NH. Life long hunter, fisherman and trapper.

Been a beagle man for the last 25 years. I've out lived them all.

A good friend bred his black female with his chocolate male. The results below were born 07/31/09. Two yellows, two black and two chocolate. A male and female of each. I took the yellow female at the top.
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q87/dohearn/Great%20Bay%20Babe/Litter08-09-09-1.jpg

She is Carlton Brook's Great Bay Babe or "Bay" for short. I know four generations of these dogs. Her great grandmother was a yellow.
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q87/dohearn/Great%20Bay%20Babe/Bay12-12-09intheOaklands.jpg

I have never trained a lab. We am proceeding with Smartworks. I am happy with our progress.

Thank you for having us at Retriever Training. I look forward to asking questions and sharing our results.

short retired
12-23-2009, 01:01 PM
I am Kevin Anderson. My "retriever craze" began after my Dad bought a gun dog (FT washout) from Kate and Pete Simonds after I took a spill in the icy Shanandoah River. I couldnt beleive what he would do. The dog "Risky" was trained by Pat Nolan and that is when I met Pat. A few years later I went to work for Pat as his assistant for a number of years. I met so many wonderful people there and learned the trade from a very good trainer. I currently work for the ATF as a Firearms Specialists.

I still train dogs for people on a limited bases. Right now I am actally starting on my own pup that I am very excited about. I live in WV with my wife and two kids (soon to be three). When I am not training dogs or spending time with the family, I am chasing geese!

Byron Musick
12-23-2009, 01:35 PM
We are Thunderstorm, and we like SNOW!!! We live in VA with Kathy, Abby, Midnight, and Molly! Pictured is Thunder, with the help (hindrinse) of his wannabe Handler, he managed a JH title. Working on more, but that "Byron" needs to pull you know what out of you know where to go any further. Thunder does pretty good otherwise!! We are a work in progress, just got a new computer and software, hope to be able to post better stuff soon, as soon as we figure it out! Today I learned how to post a picture, let me know if you don't see it!!

V/R Kathy & Byron Musick




http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad185/Musickbk/Thunderssnow1.jpg

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad185/Musickbk/Thundersnow2.jpg

sauce1585
12-23-2009, 01:59 PM
My name is Ryan, just joined a couple of days ago from Bangor, Maine. I'm 24y/o and just got my first lab last winter and brought another into our home this winter... fun fun! I had never done any retriever training and attended my first 6wk class at Wassookeag Retrievers here in Maine. Since then I have been crazy about any learning/training I can do; buying books, dvds, picking all of your brains, watching youtube videos etc. Would love to post some of my ideas but def need more experience. Thanks in advance for any help you all have given/will give me in the future!

mattkm
12-23-2009, 02:45 PM
Hey everyone, I've being lurking for a while, but figured since this type of thread was brought up again, it'd be a good time to finally introduce myself.
My name is Matt, I live in Almonte, Ontario(near Ottawa), I have a 2 yr old Clm named Moose. We got 2 legs toward our started title last summer, and hope to get to more tests next season. He's been hunting with me a few times and got a few birds.
Matt

Uncle Bill
12-23-2009, 04:32 PM
Spent most of the morning reading through this thread. What a trip down memory lane.

Chris, was Jan 2003 when the major RTF re-tooling took place? Thus the notations on most of these early posts that indicate we all began in Jan, 2003?

I see you have started another thread for the newbies to enter and sign in. Just curious as to why not just keep this archival thread going. It might even excell that famous "swishy fancy moderator" thread, that in itself is also a super "blast-from-the-past".

Just a measly suggestion, but why not a special heading for these historical threads in the General Forums page? It might be even incorporated in a "welcome" page for new 'lurkers', so they are more comfortable posting, before they 'call-out' someone after a few posts on a current thread, indicating little knowledge of that person's past history...(a little KG lingo there).:rolleyes:

It's always amusing to return after several months and see a relatively new poster into a pizzin' contest over a training question, and reading that poster having at some of the trainers on RTF that have been highly thought of for many moons. Might have made an RTFer or RTFette outa that person, had they known beforehand what they were proposing might cause some skepticism among the long-in-tooth members. Just sayin'.

Thanks for 'bumping' this thread to the front page. For geezers like me, it's better than going to a Marilyn Monroe movie. But it does beckon for another thread to get started: "Where Are They Now?" We might just entice a Chris K., or Gerard, or the starter of this thread, Kurt MO, as well as that on-again-off-again UNdependable LVL to fire off something spicy and enlightening as to their whereabouts and WAAAZZUP?

Thanks again, and Merry Christmas to all.

UB

EdA
12-23-2009, 04:41 PM
Thanks for 'bumping' this thread to the front page. For geezers like me, it's better than going to a Marilyn Monroe movie. But it does beckon for another thread to get started: "Where Are They Now?" We might just entice a Chris K., or Gerard, or the starter of this thread, Kurt MO, as well as that on-again-off-again UNdependable LVL to fire off something spicy and enlightening as to their whereabouts and WAAAZZUP?

Thanks again, and Merry Christmas to all.

UB

hey UB, remember the brief appearance of Sparkle Girl.....

anyone heard anything from Noah?

and who could forget Joe S. and his girls, the White Knight, Dubya, and of course Qui Chang Trainer

ahhh, the landscape has changed and not for the better IMHO

MooseGooser
12-23-2009, 05:48 PM
ahhh, the landscape has changed and not for the better IMHO



So whats THAT sposed to mean!!!:p:p:p

Gooser

DSemple
12-23-2009, 05:57 PM
Don Semple, my wife Gayle & I live outside of Kansas City. 3 grown kids, 6 grandkids & 2 bird dogs.

Old Field Trialer currently taking a breather so I can build up another fortune to waste on it when I retire.

1973 KCRC Spring Licensed Trial
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/DSemple/DonSherlock.jpg
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/DSemple/Sherlock.jpg

Current Picture of Gayle & I and our old dog Liz
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/DSemple/Hunting%20Pictures/DonGayleLiz2006-1.jpg

Great site, Thanks Chris.

Uncle Bill
12-23-2009, 06:08 PM
Couldn't agree more Ed. You bring up some good names. I'm sure there are many more we need to 'locate'. And I'd be in favor of that "Welcome to RTF" memorabilia page to include such notables a the 'duck-seating' thread. The posters on that were hilarious and inventive.

And as long as we are 'reminiscing', I'll never forget when the UIM, before he carried that title, enticed you to join RTF. Not sure what got us started, may have been you asking LVL if she was training in a thong...but whatever it was, we couldn't get answers written fast enough to go with the post we were intending it for. I tried to answer one of Jerry's or mebbe Art's, and by the time it got posted, there were a half dozen inserted between our two, which of course caused us to answer the answers.

This is no doubt pretty boring junk for many newbies, but it carries so damned many memories, I believe we need some form of archival location these classic threads can be stored. Looking forward to hearing from Chris if it's even feasible.

UB

labcurl
12-23-2009, 06:33 PM
Hi, my name is Michele. I just joined the forum, although I have been watching and reading for over a year.

For the last 20 years my husband and I have been breeding labs and hooked on the conformation ring. Seven years ago we added a second breed to our hobby, Curly Coated Retrievers. We have done quite well in the show ring over the last few years, and I was looking for something fun to do.

I joined the LIRFTC, and started to work with a few of the dogs. My main focus has been on our female chocolate, SHR Am.Can. Ch. Beachbrooks Day Dream Believer, CC, WC, JH. Eve is our first ever hunt test dog and I am having a blast working with her. Some of the more serious club members say I could take her to MH with the drive she has, but I have 9 years before I can retire, so training time is limited. I have introduced Eve's son and daughter to the field and they look just as promising. I hope to have the kids out this spring at both AKC and UKC tests. I have a little work to do with my curly boy, handsome, but thinks too much.

I enjoy reading the posts, lots of great information and history. Keep up the good work.

Michele
www.mcchipsretrievers.com

Joe Brakke
12-23-2009, 06:41 PM
M&D or Joeb or Joey Bag a Donutes or hey you, out of No. Colo.

3 Females - Labs 2 Yellow-1 Choc and a Pug - the pug is around becuase I was tried of being the most ugliest one in the family.

Hunt Test mostly, all my Girls are JHed and we will be looking for some SH Qualifying runs next year.

Started 11 years ago with the help of a mentor, Steve Henning, and purchased one of his pups. Greatest dog I ever owned. She past 4 years ago but I have a daughter from her that has filled that void. Lost her best friend, YML Orion 2 months ago. He taught me the most on how to train even handedly.

I run around with a couple clubs and training groups in Colorado. I was hoping for a continued clearing of the snow so I could train over the holidays BUT .... 18 inches on the ground as of today.

NOLADee
12-23-2009, 10:07 PM
Hey All, My name is Dee, from Louisiana. Mom to two great kids, daughter Katlin 6yrs old and son Anthony 3yrs old. We have a 2 yr old YLF- SR Molly's Willow Princess JH, and our newest addition 6mo old YFL- Harley (haven't figured out the rest of her name yet, open to suggestions...) we are excited about running both girls in 2010. I have been a member for a couple of years now, and really enjoy reading everyone's posts. Thanks for a great site.

Hunchaser
12-23-2009, 10:36 PM
Hi! I retired two years ago and never looked back. A few years prior to that my wife and I build a new house on a small acreage south of Calgary Alberta. It's a farm actually. The south property line is the Little Bow River and the area is full of wild birds. I have 4 neighbours all live about 1 mile away from me and nobody but me lives in the canyon. It's a perfect place to train dogs and I don't have to put up with rules or leash laws. I just do my own thing. The ranchers see me train on their property and just wave as they ride by. One even showed my a better spot on his land. A hidden pond with points, channels and islands.

I did earn the right to be here as I spent 20 yrs in the city - Vancouver BC - taking trains to work, fighting traffic, being pushed off training grounds etc, etc. Now I'm in dog training heaven.

I enjoy all dog work but I stay mostly with Labs and I have one Golden pup. Right now I'm running 5 dogs. 3 labs, 1 springer and 1 golden. We do all types of bird hunting and travel all over southern Alberta, Montana and Washington. I hope to travel to the Dakots next hunting season. In the off season I train and run hunt tests.

scully
12-23-2009, 11:00 PM
Tim from Two Rivers, Wi. I am married with a daughter serving in the US Air Force. We currently have two male labs that are currently sleeping on the couch with my daughter who is home on leave. I love to train with my dogs as well as bird hunting and the occasional hunt test.

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Uncle Bill
12-24-2009, 01:07 PM
That's a dandy rig you have, Scully. But I didn't know you needed that fine of a blind to lure gaddies. We usually just stand in the middle of the slough and wave them in. heh heh heh heh;-)

Some nice pics. Thank your daughter for all she does for our country.

UB

Chris Atkinson
12-24-2009, 01:09 PM
I am intimately familiar with Scully's blind. I finally worked up the nerve to put one of those on my boat and 12 hours later, I have a nice blind. I bet I could do my next one in about 4 hours.

They are nice once they are done!

Chris

Andy Carlson
12-24-2009, 01:26 PM
Well here's my little story. My name is Andy and I've been in Maine for 2 1/2 years. Grew up in MA, college in NH, lived in FL for 18 years, NC for 3 before coming to ME. I do in vitro fertilization of mice ( who would have thought mice need help having babies!)and cryopreservation of the embryos at my job.
I currently have 4 dogs 2 are just pets, a lab/coonhound mix who is a research reject and a pit bull. My 2 labs are both black females. Lucy(Truline's Lucky Ms Lucy Fur CD SH) is 10 and is a Super Tanker daughter. She has her SH and an obedience title and is now retired from competition but I still train her to keep her fit and she still loves to work. Briezy(Luckydux Cheese And Quackers SH) is 3 and her sire needs a win for his FC and he is from an Abe x Lottie litter. Her dam has her MH and runs in the Amateur and is by Macgyver out of a Snake Eyes bitch. Briezy has her SH and will be running in Master this spring. I also plan on breeding her in the fall of 2003. Still not sure which FC/AFC I will breed to. Briezy is my avatar picture.

I got my first lab in 1977 and Briezy is the 5th lab I have had and she is my 3rd SH. I started running hunt tests in the late '80's. I didn't have a real easy start with my first lab, she became my first SH, but I learned so much from her that I am thankful for all the problems that we did have and overcame. I also used to do alot of competitive obedience but now mainly focus on the hunt tests and occasionally show in the obedience ring.
I am hoping to try running in the Q this summer. I know that Briezy has the talent just hoping that I do too!

And that's a little bit of an introduction of who I am, other than to let Jerry know that I'm not looking for an "Old Guy", unless maybe if he is rich enough that I can quit my job, train the dogs all day long and hire some good lookin' bird boys! :twisted:

Andy

2004 Update: Not much has changed except my dogs. Lucy died in November of 2003 and Briezy had her litter of Cruise puppies in November of 2003. I kept 2 puppies from the litter - Jaxxy and Graham. Briezy and I did run our 1st Q this past summer - did not complete it - but we are hooked and will be running more FT and Master this year.


2009 Update - Mazey, my lab/coonhound research rescue dog died this past July.

In 2007 I got a wonderful new puppy, Ticket or to her close friends, Tickey Poo Poo. She has been with a FT pro since she was 6.5 months old. She is QAA in Canada, (has her QFTR).

Briezy got her MH in 2006 and has run only FT since then. She is still going strong at 10 years of age and she has no plans for retiring anytime soon!:D

I am still making test tube baby mice as well as sperm freezing.

Looking forward to a great 2010!!

Andy

scully
12-24-2009, 02:19 PM
Hey Uncle Bill, The gadwall were shot standing in a slough, but in North Dakota. The picture in the boat was the last day of the Wisconsin season, we shot our limit of mallards.

Chris, the blind was a pain in the ars. It took most of the day along with a twelve pack of Miller Light.

Joe Dutro
12-24-2009, 02:24 PM
I am Joe Dutro. Born and raised in Zanesville Ohio. Married for 14 years with 3 children. My day job is the manufactured home business. My family (aka Dad and Mom)owns the business, Grandpa started the business in 1946. I do all of the set up and service. I started hunting at age 7, deer at age 9, waterfowl at age 22, and dog training at age 31.
I've trained 2 master hunters(chocolate females), Dora and Lily. I'm currently training Rose (Dora's daughter,22 months old) and now will be training Rocket (Dora's son, 12 weeks old).
I used to shoot competitive archery and was a diehard bowhunter. First deer at age 11 and first elk at age 16 with bow. Now a diehard duck hunter who lives in the wrong state for duck hunting.
Came up with a Team Take Em logo in 2002 and have now started a internet site for Team Take Em.
Enjoy the challenge that each dog brings to the table. Training also allows me to spend more time with the kids. They are good bird throwers you know.
Joe Dutro

Gun_Dog2002
12-24-2009, 02:36 PM
2009 Update - Mazey, my lab/coonhound research rescue dog died this past July.

In 2007 I got a wonderful new puppy, Ticket or to her close friends, Tickey Poo Poo. She has been with a FT pro since she was 6.5 months old. She is QAA in Canada, (has her QFTR).

Briezy got her MH in 2006 and has run only FT since then. She is still going strong at 10 years of age and she has no plans for retiring anytime soon!:D

I am still making test tube baby mice as well as sperm freezing.

Looking forward to a great 2010!!

Andy


Andy with your specialized skills in working with small reproductive organs I'm sure you could make most men on this board real happy. Always happy to read one of your updates....


/Paul

Andy Carlson
12-24-2009, 03:20 PM
You are so bad, /Paul!!:D:D

Merry Christmas!!

Everybody has got to be good at something regards,

Andy

Mattyj
12-24-2009, 09:08 PM
Hello, my name is Matt and I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife of 12 years and my son of ten. The other half of our "herd" consists of our English Setter (12yrs.) our non-hunting Chocolate Lab (10 yrs.) and our newest member Goose (7mnths) in my avatar. I have been a Chef for the last 15 years and a duck hunter for the last 30. I am 36 by the way. I grew up in Texas and even though I have not lived there in 20 years still consider myself a Texan.

I am looking forward to doing some retriever "games" with the new puppy (which I have never done) and learning from others.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

JD7
12-29-2009, 05:46 PM
Hi, my name is Jeff.Ive been an avid quail,pheasant,partrage hunter for a few years now,Ive had a few hunt dogs.1 springer that I could not break of gun shyness,a golden thats smarter than a 5th grader,(jake)and I just got a yellow lab thats 2.5 years old (Sonny)a.k.a Marley.I was looking around the net to see if I could find any info on how to train an older dog because Jake is over 13,still gets around good,but the fact is he aint gonna be w/me for ever.I started Jake off quail hunting when he was a pup and he caught on very fast.Sonny on the other hand..is..loyal,amusing,good retriever,and can catch a ball like ive never seen.any tips on older dogs would be greatly appreciated.

Jeff Brown
12-29-2009, 08:07 PM
Well I have to chime in. Hi I'm Jeff. I live in Nj outside of phila. I have been fooling with Labs for 15 years Wyn-Ne-Wood Retrievers. I am an AKC Judge and I write for two Mags. The Poodle Review and the Labrador Quarterly. I presently own 2 my MH and her daughter Wyn-Ne-Wood's Crumple Horned Snorkack (Hermione) Anyone care to quess where the name came from?

Sundown49 aka Otey B
12-29-2009, 08:55 PM
UPDATED 2009 My name is Otey Brabston. I live in Ghent Kentucky. I am 67 years young. I have been around dogs all my life as my father raised Pointers when I was a boy growing up in Mississippi. I am officially RETIRING as of Jan 1 2008 I owned my own Land Surveying business.Went back to work part time to feed dog habit in County PVA office I have just started getting into the FT game with 1 pup that will be running derbies in the Spring I also play the HT game in AKC. I have 12 Labs total and 4 of them are just pets. The other 8 are out of the my own breedings out of dogs I have raised from pups with FC AFC sires out SH QAA females.My main "Man" is HRCH Sundown's Loaded To The Maxx (Jamie X Longbranch Dixie Dancer QAA) I had Open heart surgery in 2005 and had I had a anurysm repaired in March 2007. Finally I will be TRAINING for RESULTS this year. I have a Maxx son out of my Stepper bitch that is doing very well on his marking.I also have a 5 month old pup Boss, my avatar, that I hope to have ready for Fall 2010 Derby. Life is going well for an old wore out codger....LOL
My Dad said to me ."Son, a man just needs three things to be happy....A good dog, a good gun and a good wife.....Thank God I have all three :smile:

Nikki Malarky
01-04-2010, 02:15 PM
My name is Tommy Wallace. I was born in Dillon SC. We live just a few miles from there in Lake View SC. My wife & I have a small business in Myrtle Beach that we have been operating since 1995. We do commercial & residential Cleaning. Buffing, waxing, stripping & carpets.
As far as dogs goes. I have always luved a good dog. I seen a picture the other day in the RFTN of a little boy with a play double barrel shotgun in his right hand, a dog by the neck & a bumper boy in the other hand & it reminded me of me when I was a kid. That's how I got my first dog was by dragging him by the back of the neck all the way home, of course moma had to take him back to the people he belong to.

I did a lot of obedience training for people in the 80's & early 90's until a friend of mine took me to a trial. WOW, I knew right then that I had to have one of those dogs. I just could not believe what these dogs would do. So, I looked & I looked & finally got me a pup. She turned out pretty good. We run NAHRA AKC hunt test & she got them all. All consecutive JH, SH & MH no misses. I was so tickled I didn't know what to do.
Then life stepped in & I had to get away from it. I now have another one & hope she does good too. I hope that sometime this year I can try to get her MH hopefully. I like the part of just being with her & being able to train & teach the dogs. I like the competition too. I do enjoy the therapy I get from it.
As far as dogs go, I have a goal that I have set for myself to hopefully one day to get the dog & the time to work towards training an AFC.
Other than that I'm just a nice lovable, huggable guy.

Chris Atkinson
01-04-2010, 02:53 PM
Hey Uncle Bill, The gadwall were shot standing in a slough, but in North Dakota. The picture in the boat was the last day of the Wisconsin season, we shot our limit of mallards.

Chris, the blind was a pain in the ars. It took most of the day along with a twelve pack of Miller Light.

Scully, mine was 12 hours, roughly...and the same quantity of Bud (s)Lime.

Now it sits mounted on the boat with a closed duck season....it was nice though...Got to use it once in the snow before our season closed. It will be ready to rock for the 2010 season.

Jared77
01-04-2010, 04:50 PM
Hello Im Jared Baugh from Michigan, around the Lansing area. Im 32, husband to the most beautiful and understanding wife, and father to my 22 month old daughter.

Id always wanted a hunting dog, read everything I could from the Big Red series of books to Where The Red Fern Grows till the covers fell off. My family are all non-hunters so it was always a pipe dream.

At 17 I got involved in Schutzhund and S&R with a German Shepherd. Then progressed to Belgian Malinois and got into French Ring as well. When I met my wife she had a HighTimes Golden, that I really liked. She went to them to get a pet quality working lines Golden. Figured less issues than any show lines would have and thats been the case. When I found out my wife was pregnant I decided to fulfill a dream of having a hunting dog. Wanted a dog that I could do upland and waterfowl with. So we went back to our friends and got another HighTimes pup. He just turned 2 and we're looking to do the HT scene this spring/summer.

I'm an avid hunter, and spend as much time in the woods as I can. Found the site when someone on another forum mentioned it so I thought Id check it out. Lot of smart folks here that I hope to learn from.

I spent last summer training with Marshbanks Golden Retriever club, but they've all gone to play indoors on agility equipment and competitive OB so I bundle up and train by myself this winter. I hope that our efforts pay off this year and we can show what we've been working very hard at.

gary
01-04-2010, 09:27 PM
hey everyone, my name is gary book for those of you who dont know or remember me lol.. still in the military, just got back from iraq xmas eve. have a wonderful wife and 6 crazy kids. two great labs emma and sonny. and currently live in ft leonard wood mo.

anyone in mo pm me. looking to meet some new friends to show me the world of ducks.lol..

Mr Glass
01-04-2010, 09:44 PM
I'm Bryan Brumwell. I'm from Columbia Falls, Montana for the 1st 12 years of life then called Spokane, wa home until I joined the Air Force. Married with 2 daughters(2 year old and a 3 month old) and 2 male labs. black and yellow. (I had a choc. female but gave her to my brother, not HT/FT material) I've served for 6 years with the AF and have 14 or more to go. Always loved dogs but really fell in love with labs while stationed in Minot, ND. Now I'm in Great Falls, Mt. My BLM is my 3rd lab I own but my 1st I bought for HT/FT. This summer will be my 1st summer doing some traveling to run a few HT and maybe a derby or two with my 16 month old Black lab Koda. (ran one HT with him last year at the age of 8 months, did really well on 1st series, but switched on my during the 2nd series. the water messed with him a little). Love the site and the advice. Thanks to everyone how has helped me or has yet to help me.

Redgolden
01-05-2010, 01:14 AM
Haven't noticed this thread before... !

My name is Djanick Michaud, French Canadian and working hard to improve my English writing ! I live in Quebec Province (along 48*31' North) and my wife and I have a beautiful 4Ĺ m.o. girl named Maxym and a second child to come at the begining of the summer ! My wife and I hunt (duck, can.goose, snow goose) so not much need of "air loose" to be able to go hunting ! My primary work is Human dynamic - Project management but I also breed working golden retrievers. Been in the dog world for a little over 18 years and in working goldens for almost 10. During the Winter-Spring, we train our gang, in Summer time, we run them in HT and also judge HT, in the Autumn we take the shotguns out for breathing a little (ahahah !) and the dogs to bring back the trophees. As the hunting season ends early, we take a few weeks off before starting another year (back to training in 1-2 weeks, as soon as everything is frozen solid) !

Great to meet you and discover people that share the same passion !

Eastern Shoreman
01-11-2010, 11:29 PM
Hello, my name is Jim Garratt, from Millville, DE where I live with my wife Monique. I have always had a dog in the home and have been around shooting my whole life. I started with trap and sporting clays and have really gotten into the waterfowl hunting in the past several years. I do most of my hunting in Cambridge, MD and Queenstown, MD. I just love sitting out there, even if we don't get much! Anyways, I figured it was time to combine my love of dogs and hunting, especially as a conservation tool during the hunt.
I'm looking to learn as much as I can so that I can provide my new pup with an exciting, structured and fulfilling life. Puppy comes home at the end of this month and we are stoked! I look forward to learning from such a great group of people.

-Jim Garratt

Beckyanne
01-11-2010, 11:59 PM
Hi, my name is Becky. I was born and raised in Tampa, FL. When I was 16 my parents moved us up to Idaho and here I will stay. I was not around hunting growing up, but my parents told me about their adventures growing up and hunting with my grandpa and uncles. When we moved up here, we started going hunting (big game) and I was HOOKED after my first day out ! Granted I still have not bagged a deer , and everyone else has lol, I still have a blast just going out !

I have been raised around dogs my entire life, but not of a sporting breed (my mom had Chows and did a bit of Conformation) . We did have a Lab x growing up, but I don't think I got fully hooked on Labs until 2001 when we picked up our first Black Lab puppy, Dixie. She is going on 9 yrs old and the one who got me hooked on Labs. I have always wanted to duck hunt, but never really figured I had what it took (time mostly) but figured if I had time for my Labs and to train for Obedience and do Conformation, that I had time to train and hunt with them. So I did some changes and I feel I am more then ready to dedicate my time to train my labs, just have fun along the way and one day get to hunt with them.

I am so grateful to this forum, as everyone has been such a huge help already ! I look forward to gaining more knowledge and learning even more !

Matt Weberpal
06-16-2010, 08:39 PM
Well I've been on here for six months and just found this thread today so I might as well join history.

I'm Matt Weberpal from Antigo,WI and I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point majoring in Special Education. This is my first lab which I hope to run hunt tests with. I mainly got him for duck and goose hunting which is my real passion but as I have been training him I have gotten interested in hunt tests and hope to run some tests and possibly someday run at the master level, either way it's been fun watching him progress. With my school demand winding down I hope to hunt quite a bit this fall and get ready for junior hunt tests next spring. Thanks Chris for a great site!!!

murphysmaster
06-17-2010, 10:32 AM
Being as I am really new here (registered that is) I feel I should introduce myself. My name is Alec Nord from the Twin Cities (MN) area. I haven't posted yet, as I don't have the experience and wisdom that so many of you have when it comes to training, etc. Hence, you could define me as a "lurker". I have a two year old BLM named Murphy, who is an absolute joy to spend time with, whether in the house, or in the duck boat. Thanks to all of you for sharing your infinite wisdom with us newbies, someday I hope to be able to chime in and respond to a thread or two. BTW has there been any new updates on Pup-pup?

FYRE
06-17-2010, 11:54 AM
clear lake, mn

LouLabs
06-17-2010, 11:54 AM
Another post mentioned a failure to introduce himself, and I plead guilty as well. My name is Darron. I am brand new to the forum and new to retriever training. So, I will read often and post little since I do not have any advice about dog training worth hearing. I live in Louisville Ky. I teach philosophy (itís ok, you can laugh) at the University of Louisville. One of the classes I teach often is ethics. Which reminds me, I have 1000,000.00 dollars in a bank in Kenya but I cannot access it but if you can send a mere 5000.00 to a third party, I will split it with you;-) I have a 1 year old yellow lab name Sam, who I am trying to train and I emphasize trying here. I also have a 2 year old lab mix name Iris, who I have no illusions of training. I have a 3rd lab on the way (I fear the dog madness has begun) and I hope to get him off to a better start than I did poor Sam. I have made contact with a local HRC club and a pro in the area who graciously invited me to train with him sometime. But I also really appreciate the info that is available here and look forward to perhaps training in person with a few of you.

Marty Lee
06-17-2010, 12:00 PM
I Am Wharped I Am From Klingon;-)

Nimrod
06-17-2010, 06:26 PM
I am Bill from County Down in Northern Ireland and one of just a handful of Brits on here I think!

I am a writer on all things country and the organiser of two Game Fairs here in Ireland. My love of gundogs extends to springer spaniels as well as retrievers. Yes I train the Brit way and yes I do not approve of electronic training aids, but who is to say I am right on either score. It works for me and there I will leave it!

Bill

PS I also liked reading Aldo Leopold, but I guess you already gathered that! W.B Yeats is a favourite too. Now I can see Google getting a hammering after that statement!

BlaineT
07-16-2010, 09:09 PM
I'm a boykin guy from NE Georgia. Waterfowl and doves..........Have 2 right now.

Cooper on the left and Jack on the right.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f284/btarnecki/Jack/cooper2.jpg

CityDog
07-24-2010, 11:20 AM
My name is Tracey and I live in Hoboken, NJ, with my husband, 6-year old son and 10-month old barbet. I am a former software engineer turned stay-at-home mom. I grew up in the PNW with horses and GSPs (pets) so have some experience working with animals. I am new to hunting and FT.

We have a dog who is from a working line and is extremely capable. I feel that he needs to do more than retrieve bumpers and sticks. I would love to find a Retriever Club that is reasonably close (north or central NJ or NYC area) so that I could learn and train.

Barbet are used for water fowl and upland game. They compete in field trials and spaniel trials throughout Europe. The dogs are also capable of blood tracking.

I'm currently working with Tug in obedience and plan to compete when we're ready.

Christa McCoy
07-24-2010, 11:54 AM
My husband and I are from a little tiny small town on the Canadian border in WA. Currently I do in home care for my mom who has MS. Before that I worked for a subagent of the Department of Licensing (tabs, plates, etc). My husband works in construction. We have three kids. Two boys, ages 7 and 4, and a 14 month old daughter. We have two labs at the moment. A chocolate female (Dixie) who just turned 3 and a black female (Rocket) that will be three in November. We got into field bred labs about 5 years ago and got hooked. We had our daughter and had to take a little time off from HT, but we are excited to get started again. I love my dogs and I love this game. I am looking forward to meeting more dog people. They "get" me and my craziness. ;) Most of the people around here have never even heard of a HT or FT. Its nice to talk to people who don't mind if I spend the whole time talking about dogs. :D

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BHB
07-24-2010, 01:01 PM
I'm Ray from CA. I've been 30 yrs temporarily located in the Bay area, just north of San Jose(we don't mention or want anything to do with that city to the north with the initials SF). I hate it here so when my wife retires it's GOODBYE! Hope to go north.

I am a remodeling contractor/carpenter. Been viewing RTF for almost 3 yrs but finally joined a little over 2 yrs ago.

I have had labs for the last 25 yrs and am now owned by my CBR who, this summer, finally convinced enough judges that he is an MH. And now we are still finding ways to go out of tests!

BHB

Tim Fitzgerald
07-24-2010, 06:07 PM
Born and raised in Corning New York. Served 22 years in the Army (retired). Was stationed in the south most of my career with the exception of overseas and combat tours. Ended up building a house in Leesville Louisiana where I reside happily with a wife two kids and two retrievers. I currently work for the government in environmental compliance division on Fort Polk. Used to tournament bass fish but have been bitten by the dog training bug here lately and Im really liking it, not to mention that it is probably more addicting than nicotine...:p

agilek9's
07-24-2010, 10:18 PM
Carol from Georgia, grew up in PA, suburbs of Philadelphia. I am a medical technologist who works for a dermatologist surgeon in her lab.

I have had labradors for the past 15 years.
I currently have 3 labs, first did competition obedience and agility then, HRC, moved to AKC HT's and now FT's, minor stakes.
I belong to the Atlanta Retriever Club where I have met many wonderful people.

I don't post much, more comfortable lurking.

Natasha.Hall
07-26-2010, 12:43 AM
Hello everyone. I'm new to RTF. My husband (Txcutter2) finally made me get on here so I could keep up with training. We live out in Kemp, TX. So hello!

mjh345
07-26-2010, 06:11 PM
Hello everyone. I'm new to RTF. My husband (Txcutter2) finally made me get on here so I could keep up with training. We live out in Kemp, TX. So hello!

Welcome Tosh, and congrats on the nuptials!!

Give your husband a slap upside the head for me

mattm337
07-26-2010, 08:58 PM
Hi,

I'm Matt from Louisville, KY, and new to the dog games. I'm one of the few Boykin people on here, with a 15 mos old bitch. I've really gotten interested in some of the health and conditioning issues with sporting dogs and am constantly amused with the tenacity of some of the opinions on here. Learning like many others...

gundog3664
07-26-2010, 09:35 PM
Hi,

I'm Matt from Louisville, KY, and new to the dog games. I'm one of the few Boykin people on here, with a 15 mos old bitch. I've really gotten interested in some of the health and conditioning issues with sporting dogs and am constantly amused with the tenacity of some of the opinions on here. Learning like many others...

Is there any duck or goose huntin around there?

Drakeshot
07-27-2010, 01:13 PM
I live in Greeley, Colorado new to this forum. Thanks for letting me join.

Pigger
07-27-2010, 01:32 PM
My name is Chris V. I'm new to this site and good dog training. I live in Lancaster county, PA. Just lost two labs and a bloodhound within the past year and a half. The labs to cancers and the bloodhound to bloat/torsion. My labs were not great hunters. My fault not theirs! They would retrieve for me but I had tie them down so they'd stay still. I felt bad becasue they loved to hunt but due to my lack of training, I couldn't get them out alot. I'm getting a chocolate lab female puppy from Born2Retrieve on August 28th and I want to train her to be a great hunter. I hunt ducks and geese in the Atlantic Flyway/PA and on the Susquehanna river. Also hunted ducks in ND in 2005. What a fantastic time out there! I have hunted with some great dogs in my life. Hopefully I'll have one of my own great dogs before to long! Thanks for letting me join your group!!

Montview
07-27-2010, 06:38 PM
Hi all! I'm Julie, a displaced Seattlite living in southern California since 2000, when I moved here for a veterinary internship. I grew up adjacent to a state forest raising/training/breeding/showing quarter horses (lots of trail riding, too), and really missed that after moving to CA (too expensive here) so chose the next closest thing I could think of- the versatile Labrador retriever. Though I got my hunters' safety certificate during college up in Pullman, WA, I'm still very new to hunting and to the world of field and hunt test training. I'm a member of several Labrador clubs ("local" and national), as well as the Inland Valley Retriever Club, with which I took a beginning hunt test training class 2 years ago. LOVED it! Life got in the way and my main training buddy moved to Newfoundland, but excited to get back to training soon. In the meantime, I learn a ton here and have both Evan's and Lardy's books/DVD's which have helped clear up a lot of questions I have had...

SeniorCoot
07-29-2010, 07:40 AM
Welcome Tracey--my dad was born in Hobucken--My mom in Jersey City- me in Teaneck-left east coast in 59 and never looked back--Hope you enjoy your new dog-- they are a trying bunch at times but results make it worth while

mattm337
08-06-2010, 09:20 AM
gundog3664,

There's a little bit in the Louisville area, some duck hunting within an hour drive, a lot more if willing to drive further. I got a bit spoiled living in St. Charles county, MO before I moved...

BirdNMouth
08-06-2010, 08:26 PM
I'm Danielle, and like Julie I too was born and raised in WA state and currently live in CA. When I was 12 I worked for a Yorkie show kennel and learned about structure, conformation and showing dogs. I also had a Shih Tzu and a BYB chocolate Lab at the time. When I was 16 I worked for a large boarding kennel. The owner also competed in Obedience and I learned how to train clients dogs and did so till I left twhen I was in my early twenties. During that time when I was 18 I purchased a nearly 2 year old black Lab for competive obedience. I even showed him in AKC (though since he waa field bred he didnt do more than place) In 2002 I purchased 2 golden puppy bitches from obedience/field blend lines. A year later I moved to CA with my two Goldens and blk Lab in tow. I did obedience, rally, and conformation. I got some titles in both venues AKC and UKC did the health clearances and bred a litter from each (one of the Goldens was a co owned girl so the litter was raised in WA). I Kept pups from both litters and two years ago started the pups in field work. Much more challenging than the other sports! Anyway Im now very hooked. I am a member of the GRCA and Inland Valley Retriever Club and work as a System Analyst for Princess Cruises.

gundog3664
08-06-2010, 10:47 PM
gundog3664,

There's a little bit in the Louisville area, some duck hunting within an hour drive, a lot more if willing to drive further. I got a bit spoiled living in St. Charles county, MO before I moved...

ha yea, im already spoiled with the duck huntin here in arkansas

7pntail
08-07-2010, 10:50 PM
Hello from Lodi ca. I am a high school teacher here in town and a dawg lover. I am passionate about dogs, waterfowl, and even find some time to do some salmon fishing. Welcome!

CityDog
08-10-2010, 10:58 PM
Welcome Tracey--my dad was born in Hobucken--My mom in Jersey City- me in Teaneck-left east coast in 59 and never looked back--Hope you enjoy your new dog-- they are a trying bunch at times but results make it worth while

Thank you for the welcome! It's nice to meet someone from the neighborhood.

John Montenieri
08-11-2010, 05:28 PM
Hello,
My name is John Montenieri and I've been bitten by the Labradopsylla retrieverensis bug (That is a very poor entomological joke). I currently reside in the booming metropolis of Masonville, CO, (Population < 100) southwest of Fort collins by about 10 miles in the foothills. I have a 6yo female, Sofi, who has had some success and an 11yo retired male, Trek, who gets the paper on Sunday. I've had the fortune to train with the likes of Cherylon Loveland mostly and a little bit with Judy Aycock and Danny Farmer. Also I've had the pleasure of training with Ted Shih who always has insight on a test, concept or methodologies. The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Can't get enough and will do this sport until I take a dirt nap. I've met some great folks along the way. I've been laughing my tail off reading some of these posts. Keep it coming.

cmcarrier
10-28-2010, 05:19 PM
Hello,
My name is Clayton Carrier. I live in Austin Texas and I am 17 years old. Last December I got a black lab male that we named Buddy. I love hunting and my parents suggested I train the soon to arrive puppy to be a hunting dog. I wasn't too keen on the idea until I read The Working Retrievers by Tom Quinn and instantly fell in love with retriever training(this was before the puppy even came home). Then I joined the local retriever club and got even more into it. Buddy got hit by a car three weeks ago (he was 11 months old)and my best friend is gone now. I am heartbroken but I know that I found something that I am passionate about and good at. Fortunately, Buddy's mom is being bred again and our next puppy will come home next spring. In the meantime I am trying to educate myself more on retriever training and deal with my loss.

duke
10-28-2010, 10:21 PM
I'm new on here, but have lurked for some time. I might as well get in on this thread also before it gets too long:razz:.
My name is Bob and I'm from Menasha WI, which is about 30 miles south of Green Bay. I'm married to a great gal who loves to hunt, fish, shoot sporting clays and trap and who has season Packer Tix:D.I work in the parts dept. for a heavy and medium duty truck dealership.
We have two labs. The first one Duke, we got before we knew much about dogs. We got him from a backyard breeder who advertised AKC registered and had candlewood bloodlines. Well the candlewood was three generations back. Just about the time we got him we moved and a new neighbor trained with a good bunch of guys from the Manitowoc County Kennel Club for trials and tests. They took me under their wing and schooled me. We soon realized that Duke was to high strung for that stuff, but he turned into a pheasant machine. He now is having some problems with dysplashia. He is semi-retired although some who know him might say semi-retarted. We love him to death and still try and take him out some. He would retrieve himself to death if you'ld let him. We then went to see Mary Howley at Candlewoods and got a pup from FC Fox-c's Take It The Bank "Buck". Teal is a wonderfull dog and everything you could ask for. Great around the house, in the blind, pheasant field or grouse woods. I was even asked to guide on state wide hunting TV program called Outdoor WI with her a few years back. Have a funny story about rich gents with brand new out of the box guns that can't shoot and bird boys hiding in the grass releasing roosters just to get some footage for the show, but thats for another post. We are now waiting on a black female from Buster and out of Gabby from Fourleaf Kennel.
Thanks to everone for the help you didn't even know you were giving me by posting your knowledge here.

rholton
10-28-2010, 10:56 PM
I am new to this forum as well. My name is Richard and I live in Southeast GA. My first real lab died early this year of Addison's disease. He was given to me a by a friend who manages a hunting platation. He was nothing on paper, but you would be hard pressed to find a better gun dog. Rick Stawski did his FF work and touched up some of my obedience work.
I found it hard to get my buddies with dogs to train as often as I liked. I ended up looking up a local trainer and working out a deal with him. I go several days a month to throw birds and whatever else for him and he helps me with my dog...actually helps train me. I cant get enough of it, but unfortunately I am out of town every other week. Purchased a new dog in March to replace the one who died. Cash turned a year old 10/7. He just finished his JH title. We hope to have his SH this spring and his master before he turns two...depends on hunt test schedule. According to several trainers that have seen him work, he would be a super derby dog. I can only afford to do one thing with him, so I chose hunt tests since he is going to end up being my gun dog. I do hope to get him fully titled AKC and UKC to maybe get some stud fees since his papers are pretty good. I also hope to get a really good female in a year or so to train myself.

Thanks to everyone who posts on here. This forum is a wealth of information.

KS Labman
10-29-2010, 06:32 AM
Hey, I'm Jack. I got into running Labs in colo. way back in the early 90's. I joined Platte valley retriever club. and started running hunt test with a dog [ Bulldurham] aka Bull. I got him from Guss Enderline of Thor Kennels. I hunt ducks with a passion and I started in the hunt test game to force me into training a better duck dog and got caught up with the hunt test game. Bull earned his HR and Senior level and turned into the best Dog I ever owned. I'm now in Wamego Kansas and still hunting ducks on the Kansas river, some of the best hunting I ever have done. I no longer run hunt test but still train my dogs like I run the test. The dog I have now was a dog I picked up at the local pound and he has turned into a good duck dog. I've been lurking here for sometime and picked up some good info and read the forum everyday

Waterdogs
10-29-2010, 07:30 AM
Im Jake and im a labaholic. I also love to Hunt anything anytime anywhere and will do so. I train retrievers and have for 17 years now from gun dogs to hunt test and field trial dog to bomb detection dogs and Marine handlers. I call Idaho home but I have been known to pop up on the map anywhere.

Jeannie Greenlee
10-29-2010, 09:46 AM
Hi all,
I'm Jeannie Greenlee. I have 3 field bred golden retrievers. I love to train my dogs not only for field work but competition obedience and have dabbled in agility too. My dogs and dog training actually saves me money because I don't need a therapist, my dogs are my therapy. They are also an addiction and have cost me lots because I need bumpers, crates, go to seminars & private lessons, and the list goes on and on. I wouldn't change a thing! :-P

Mary Lynn Metras
10-29-2010, 10:09 AM
Hi I am Mary Lynn from Watford Ontario Canada. I have 2 black Labs Tar and Blackie. We have done mostly Hunt Test and are at the Seasoned level and will do Finished next season. I hope with my younger pup to do field trials. I do obedience and agility along with HRC and WC tests. I train mostly myself and have little equipment because of the cost. Other groups are a distance from me and gas has been costly lately. I work part time as a RN and work comes first as it pays the bills, dog bills and extras. I gleem a lot if info from this web site which has been super helpful. Not much of a E-collar person but feel it is important for the retirever to be collar conditioned and force fetch.

Tom and Kim Byrne
10-29-2010, 07:15 PM
We are Tom and Kim Byrne- Very new to the forum, and running in hunt tests. We live in S Florida. We originally showed and trained, Rottweilers from Conformation, Obedience, Carting, and Tracking... we made the "Lab switch", thru the intense, never ending, "always there", "big time help" of Katie and Matt Griffiths.

I am a teacher of special education, Tom is a retired firefighter/medic (30+ years), now fitness instructor. His fitness monies support our hobbies and are purchasing the wingers and electronics!

We are as addicted to "quack" as Annie, our 1 year old lab. Tom is doing the handling, I am the bird boy, however, I foresee.... the next lab being MINE!:D
We are meeting tons of really nice LOCALS here in FL and truly enjoying training and learning with them.

We also are learning TONS from RTF and find it a wonderful resource..

Annie is also certified in Tracking and will enter her first tracking test in Dec.

Annie (and Tom) are entered in TCRC test next weekend... see ya there!

Kim and Tom

Mark AB
10-29-2010, 10:35 PM
Hi, this is Mark from central NY (Syracuse area). I have two black labs; one 4 months and one 6 months old. Very new to this and I am looking forward to the forum and working with the PUPs. Maybe (a big maybe) hunt tests next year!!

cpmm665
10-29-2010, 11:01 PM
I'm Cindy hailing from parts north of Albany, NY. My love for Labs began at age five with a stray male. I currently have 3 members in my black pack, one shelter rescue and two that were re-homed. My 2.5yr.old blf earned her SH this fall. We'll be working on Master and possibly running Qual's. I have done obedience and some agility with my 2yr. olds. Had I known about retriever games when I was younger, I probably never would have made any money, now I just don't have any....it's all good and I enjoy everyday with my dogs.

BradBog
10-30-2010, 01:50 PM
Hi I'm Brad Boggus from Huntsville Al. I have a 9 month old chocolate lab female. I've done obedience and some retrieve training.

montysdog
10-30-2010, 02:07 PM
I'm Chris Bennett. I'm a 30 year old electrician in Rochester, NY. Lived here most of my life. I've been teaching obedience classes for about 9 years and have run agility trials with my old rescue GSD mix Bear for several years. I got married a year ago and finally my living situation allows me a second dog, so in December I'll be bringing home a yellow lab. I love hunting and have always wanted to train a retriever. My plan is to at the least have a good waterfowl and upland retriever and with any luck get into the hunt test game. If I can find the time, I'll also run agility trials with the new pup.

Bob Samios
10-30-2010, 02:40 PM
I saw my first handling demonstration when I was 58 and was amazed that a dog could be handled with just whistle and hand signals. I had a Golden with one WC in his entire pedigree and he went on to earn his Senior Hunter title and go duck and pheasant hunting. I had never hunted or even owned a gun prior to that. He would have gone farther if he had a better trainer. I retired from the insurance business after 35 years and now live at the southern end of Lake Pymatuning -- about 50 miles south of Erie, PA.
Hunter, also with only one WC in his pedigree has his MH, plus we picked up a UD and a couple of Master agility titles along the way. A 8 1/2 we are attempting to earn a Tracking title.
His son, Sweeper, earned his MACH (Master Agility Champion) earlier this year and also his Senior Hunter title. He is almost ready for Master and we are working on water blinds. Unfortunately, we got our first freezing temperature last night so the lake will be starting to freeze soon. He also has his CDX and we are close to entering the obedience ring for his UD title.
Pheasant season started last Saturday and we have been out four times. Both Hunter and Sweeper work as a team and it is a delight to watch them in the field.
I enjoy this sport and give back to the field program by judging AKC hunt tests and helping newbies get started in training their dogs for field work.

MonarchGoldens
10-30-2010, 03:13 PM
I'm Larah. I just moved from MA to NH this year and as my profile suggests I have Goldens. I have 6 currently and the ocassional litter of pups (from hip/elbow/heart/eye clear parents) most of my dogs are imported or import/american blend lines. I do conformation shows but also hunt tests and actually will get to HUNT this year I think! :) As nice as it is to have a top show dog... and I had the UKC #5 Golden Retriever last year I enjoy watching my dogs work and am starting to head more in that direction. That being said my working dogs are still fluffy :) I am happy to have found this site and will post photos from our first hunt when we go!

torrentduck
10-30-2010, 03:36 PM
Don Neiffer here. Born and raised in Pennsylvania; moved to Florida 12 years ago to work for a mouse. Zoo vet by trade (dabble in free-range wildlife work local and globally). Wife does the small animal vet thing. I train an '07 model Chessie female named Widgeon. Not our first Chessie, but first one I have seriously trained. Wife does agility, tracking, conformation, and pack trials with our beagles and I work the brown dog. Avid hunter, but need to leave the dog home on many Florida duck hunts b/c of gator concerns (I miss PA). Always looking for more training companions in Central Florida (live near Clermont). Will throw as many bumpers as you like in exchange for access to safe water.:D

Tom and Kim Byrne
10-30-2010, 09:49 PM
but need to leave the dog home on many Florida duck hunts b/c of gator concerns (I miss PA). Always looking for more training companions in Central Florida (live near Clermont). Will throw as many bumpers as you like in exchange for access to safe water.:D

Don-
We are new members of
http://www.treasurecoastretrieverclub.com/
Train in Okeechobee-- the water is safe, the people very nice and helpful! A little bit of a hike for you- but we find we have to drive for hunt training and tracking training...we have a test this weekend... Nov 6/7.
We understand your gator concerns.
Kim and Tom Byrne

Tom and Kim Byrne
10-30-2010, 09:54 PM
Hunter, also with only one WC in his pedigree has his MH, plus we picked up a UD and a couple of Master agility titles along the way. A 8 1/2 we are attempting to earn a Tracking title..

Tracking is as addictive as hunt work! As a tracklayer, there is nothing better then watching a dog track in your footsteps to find the glove!

Kim Byrne