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    Exactly! So many factors that are influencing the...

    Exactly! So many factors that are influencing the decline in hunting and grooming new bird hunters that I can't begin to list. I believe that I'm the only person in my town who buys a duck stamp. And...
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    I agree with Bon. I was rummaging through some...

    I agree with Bon.

    I was rummaging through some old trial premiums recently and noticed that the handlers at the 2004 Lake Champlain Retriever Club Field Trial were virtually the same as the 2014...
  3. Love pattern blinds, think they're a great tool...

    Love pattern blinds, think they're a great tool to advance a dog through a range of experiences. Once through the various stages of diversions, past fall, under arc, poison birds, etc, I then move on...
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    I use Frontline and it doesn't.

    I use Frontline and it doesn't.
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    We had the coldest winter on record this year and...

    We had the coldest winter on record this year and my only comforting thought throughout was that the ticks would suffer, maybe even disappear. First warm stretch and they're out and thriving! Them...
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    http://www.ronniesmithkennels.com/

    http://www.ronniesmithkennels.com/
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    http://www.retrievertraining.net/forums/images/mis...

    http://www.retrievertraining.net/forums/images/misc/quote_icon.png Originally Posted by BonMallari http://www.retrievertraining.net/forums/images/buttons/viewpost-right.png
    You completely took my...
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    My personal experience pales in comparison to...

    My personal experience pales in comparison to many, many more accomplished handlers and trainers. But, over the years, I have come to realize how little I knew about training and what it took to be...
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    The Keith (KG) that I remember often had a little...

    The Keith (KG) that I remember often had a little "bite" in his comments. Kinder, gentler, KG, the new-age man!

    Number me amongst those who believe that some exposure to actual placements in the...
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    Gorgeous! Great pictures.

    Gorgeous! Great pictures.
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    To know her was to love her. Full of life. So sad...

    To know her was to love her. Full of life. So sad to hear that she has passed, thought she would outlive us all.
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    I have no axe to grind, in fact I don't have a...

    I have no axe to grind, in fact I don't have a clue what she's referring to, your question seems perfectly sincere, legitimate and also of interest to me as well. Jim Pickering had a notable Golden...
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    Yee ha! Loved it.

    Yee ha! Loved it.
  14. When I have judged I found it to be uncomfortable...

    When I have judged I found it to be uncomfortable when a handler turns and questions a bird, although it's certainly their right. A number of reasons. I don't want to spend valuable time that the...
  15. Handler looks a gift horse in the mouth and is a...

    Handler looks a gift horse in the mouth and is a moron. Shut up and move on.
  16. I've had some experience with waiting after the...

    I've had some experience with waiting after the send, or looking back, for the judge to reconsider and felt that it detracted from my focus and from that of the dog. Over time, I learned to stay with...
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    Interesting analogy. Haven't really put much...

    Interesting analogy. Haven't really put much thought into the differences, and probably should before I post, but Hunt Tests around here are still around $75 for Master, and most of the costs and...
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    I hate that agrgument with a passion. It's used...

    I hate that agrgument with a passion. It's used to justify every new fee and tax increase as insubstantial and that we're all a bunch of pikers to complain. Remember when the Entry Express fee was...
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    In New England the O/H Quals generally run...

    In New England the O/H Quals generally run between 12 to 20 dogs.
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    Well, not your intent John, but I want to thank...

    Well, not your intent John, but I want to thank Paul for judging the aforementioned Derby in the manner he did. Brought back a wonderful memory. I was new to the sport, ran a bunch of Derbies without...
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    Will also send mine in and be proud of the...

    Will also send mine in and be proud of the achievement. Also agree with requiring placements in stakes open to all. Although my dog did go on to place in all-age stakes, winning a 47 dog Qual, open...
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    I'm thinking more of the Catfish Hunter, Mudcat...

    I'm thinking more of the Catfish Hunter, Mudcat Grant, Rollie Finger type names, what would the call name of your George Lauzerique dog be?


    And by the way, has there ever been a team with as...
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    Gee, most of my dogs have been named after...

    Gee, most of my dogs have been named after people. Porjay's Vida Blue Streak after the Oakland Athletic pitcher and noted headcase (fortunately, the dog wasn't). Mister Chain Blue Lightning after the...
  24. Thanks Carol and Miriam! I'm not the most...

    Thanks Carol and Miriam!

    I'm not the most savvy person when it come to stuff like this but I think you need to "like" the Fiocchi page on Facebook in order to vote. Voting closed yesterday. We're...
  25. Fiocchi Ammunition photo contest - Representing hunting RETRIEVERS.

    Not wirehairs or other breeds (although they hunt, too).

    A photo of my boy, Blue, has been selected as a finalist in the Fiocchi Ammo photo contest. He's currently in second place behind a nice...
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