"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
Thank you for the encouraging words.
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Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, JH
Miss Nancy your post is a delightful read to me. I got in this sport because I loved dogs. I also liked sports. The idea of competing with the dogs just went hand in hand. I never had any huge successes but the action has kept me going. I don't run much now but this spring I am judging 4 events to give back to this great game.. Thank you for helping newbies understand this thing we do...,
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
Sundown's Boss of Delta Marsh JH (Louie QAA X Delta MH)
Traveling Through The Graded Timber JH (2012 NAFC Trav X Timber MH QAA)
Sundown's Ruff And Tuff (Boss JH X Lil Bit) best pup I have ever raised
Home of HRCH Sundown's Loaded To The Maxx (FC AFC Jamie X Dixie QAA) RIP
An short addendum to my original post. Several people have asked me privately about the truly impossible. Getting my Toller, Shooter QAA. We accomplished that on a bright Sunny day that I will never ever forget in 2009. If anyone tries to tell me that FT folks aren't supportive i reflect back in that day. I was at the Open when placements were made for the Q. You could hear the clapping and cheering a mile away. All for a little red dog. A day to remember. Those are such wonderful memories. Ahh Ithaca. I get it.
Best to you, say hello to my training buddies in Florida.
2tall Open your eyes and look around is all that I can tell you. I have titled many dogs like the kind you have. But I have also seen dogs with there tails at six o'clock and miserable. Some ran by nationally known professionals. I have seen dogs pushed to be the youngest dog to achieve a title (this happens too much) and watching them run wasn't pleasant but some achieved it anyway and quite frankly it made you think that the trainer needed his ass kicked. Some trainers subscribe to kick, shoot and electrocute to train their dogs instead of teaching them. It sounds like Nancy did it the right way and I congratulate her.
Nancy's story is heart warming and it describes what you can do with resources and dedication. Tollers are still so new to the HT game that many people don't realize what big hearts they have. This game we play does take dedication, much like any sport you would choose to play. Our dogs, by and large, are bred to play this game. They love to retrieve and would much prefer this to sitting in the house all day. I'm certain some dogs experience mis-treatment and that is sad and unfortunate. Most of the people I have met along the way in this sport (since 1990) have been involved because of the enjoyment they get from being with their dogs and because of the friends they have made along the way. I have been more involved in FT/HT than I am now, mostly due to my work situation. I think many people in the sport experience changes in their committment along the way due to work or family situations. It doesn't mean we love it less or by not doing FT/HT with our dog that we are "kinder" to them. I hunt my dogs as well as train and trial them. It is my chosen hobby and hopefully some day I will have the time to dedicate to it that I want. Meanwhile I will continue training and trialing my dogs as I can. Folks like Nancy are very inspirational to all who enjoy this sport.
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