Also congrats to Tim (K), Barb & Jerry on the Reubin pup Jams...a sign of more good things to come.
And Darrin, Strider is doing well for you too! Nice job.
I would like to thank all of the members of the Wolverine Club for all of their hard work this weekend. The grounds were immaculate and I sincerely enjoyed getting to meet all of the wonderful people at the event. I would also like to thank the land owners who graciously allowed us the use of those wonderful grounds.
Since the AA stakes are both represented by a judge, I'll speak for half of the minor stake judges.
The grounds were superb. The landowners graciously stepped up and helped make this weekend a go on fairly short notice due to drought impact on the water conditions at the original trial location. The club organizers and workers were amazing. What a crop of derby dogs we got to see - and the qual setups were quite challenging, with some fun work to watch.
Shawn Stahl is a friend that I've known for many years. But this was our first time to get together and spend time goofing around with our retriever game addiciton. Shawn's quite knowledgeable as a dog guy and was a great co-judge to spend the weekend with.
Like always, I learned many new things (some of which I'm confident I learned before, but forgot... Does anyone else ever feel that way?) I made several new friendships - which is one of the main reasons I love travelling a bit away from home to compete in, work, or judge trials.
I found out who Tim Doane is and I am guessing he'll see some success in this year's Master National. I allegedly met Dan Wegner, although it was too cold out to verify proof via tattoo ID. :cool:
Thanks to the Wolverine members, workers, and grounds landowners.
Hey Chris you said " I found out who Tim Doane is " I think you ment I found Tim Doane and made him work.
It was nice to meet you and It was a nice weekend all around, Thanks for judging.
Good luck at the AKC Master National! I told one of my buddies from Colordao to keep an eye out for you.