"Women are like labradors...,they all have their quarks."~Phil Robertson
And I really never follow what Ted would say.
FC Tribute to Justice, JH "Honor"
FC Contempt of Court "Ruckus"
I have learned I need these dogs much more than they need me. Tim Bockmon
It was the National Am. but no matter... What are the qualifications to judge these events.WTH he judged the National
From this outsider's perspective, Judging a National is as political as as it gets in the sport .
"i guess the old saying 'those of us that think we know everything annoy those of you that does' " --bobbyb 9/13/06
"A Good Dog is a Good Dog"
I watched Babe as well as later Daisy 100% of time select the long bird , passing the short bird rater in goose field or on river.
I seen Babe 100% time chase and select cripples over dead birds. In fact once she was chasing a cripple in a area with other ducks dropped. She came across a dead duck and started back with it. Spite it out is more like it and started mad search for the cripple . Which she got.
I seen Babe 100% of time with many dead geese dead on the ground search and look for cripple . And in fact , If she had a dead goose in mouth would spin and look at the flock flying off. If there was a cripple in the air, she would drop the bird and chase the flock , many times coming back with the cripple that dropped out of the air.
I call that :: Productive Reasoning :: The dog was born with it. Experience made her what she was, literally 100's of wild bird retrieves on the River and fields. !!
Some cripples are best not chased on the river. Let them go and call the dog back. A healthy cripple that is . Then get in the boat and drop way down below and let the dog run the bank back up to where last seen the duck as I would motor up river . Then it was possible to get this healthy cripple when the dog found it. I never seen a dog as good as Babe was at that. Hunting a flooded Island or river in high water is no play ground.
The only thing I miss about the river is The dogs that passed away.