The farm dog that took on the Bull that tryed to charge the farmer. It did happen it was my neighbor.
Lean Mac was trained early by Dennis Robbins. Jock ran this circuit when he was in the states but really cleaned up in Canada. I thought him to be a somewhat coarse looking dog lacking a real smooth gait. His Water blinds, crabbing down to the water were not something most people found appealing & that tendency was exhibited in his pups, most of whom were very expensive. As he got older & I ran into him on the MT circuit I thought him to be weak on big water (it's called blowing bubbles)& on occasion he exhibited that on smaller water. His 1st breeding was to FC-AFC Carroll's Black Velvet, a very good dog in her own right, & those pups were well placed in the retriever world. CBV then disappeared from the scene. Some awful good trainers in this sport would disagree with me about LM & in many cases have enjoyed great success. But I'm reminded of the training session where a somewhat novice in the sport had purchased one of those $2,500 pups brought it through the derby with some success & had sent it to a very good trainer for advanced work. We're watching the dog crab down to the water with the feeling the dog may have some cat genes & the owner is emoting up by the trucks, asking what can be done & told that they own a well pedigreed hunting dog, if he'll even do that. For the trainer who owns a lot of dogs & washes out a lot that's not a big deal, but for the person in this sport who does it one at a time, it's 3 years out of their competitive career. I'd personally rather go to a HT & try to find something for $750 that looked trainable to the FT level than take a chance that I would end up with a dog with that lack of pleasure to the eye. BTW, that owner no longer plays for whatever reason.
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three years ago i decided i was "gonna make me a field trial dog". since then i have:
1. been as respectful as possible to everyone i meet in this sport.
2. joined clubs and training groups.
3. worked trials by shooting flyers, throwing birds, lugging equipment and setting up tests, hiding gunners, brushing stands, blah, blah, blah.
4. marshalling stakes for and entertaining judges from all over the country.
5. making friends with the most sucessful trial folk who had time for me.
6. had my young dogs with pros who were classified with various letters of the alphabet. A thru...........
7. been interviewed by and bought some nice pups (i didn't deserve) from folks i convinced my home was "a good placement"!
8. trained a bunch. purchased a program.....or two....
9. used my dale carnegie and zig ziglar skills extensively at events.(it has only failed me on one ft weekend thus far)
i have charm and a dynamic personality. i have been working hard. i am obviously sucking up. but i have drawn a line and have never put my vast wealth on display to influence others. i think if it were political, i shoulda won something by now?
Thank you for the response! I'm not sure if I'm going to explain this with the correct terminology but I'll try anyway....
CB is the great great grand sire of a pup I pick up next week and LM is a great grand sire so thats why I asked.
Out of curiosity, do you know anything or have you ever heard of FC AFC Fish Rivers Out of the Park "Homer"? He's the sire of my pup and I've only read about him what I could find. Id be interested to hear if you've ever seen him run. Im excited as he's my first retriever.
None of them broke, goose calls or duck calls all hunted from a blind using swimming decoys and robo dove decoys. Must be osmosis.