I have taken a 3 yr break from trials to spend more time with my kids but I thought I would tell you about my past weekend. I was placed on the TN wildlife commission by the govenor in 2015 we meet 10 times a year, this past Thursday and Friday we had meetings in Nashville. TWRA gave all the commissioners passes to National Wild Turkey show going on at Opry Land Convention center. It was a great show with hundreds of vendors if you haven't been put this show on your list. Everything hunting you can think about outfitters from Africa, Alaska, New Zealand to deer and elk hunts all over the lower 48. Wingshooting to Alligator hunts they were all there. So as I'm walking down a aisle I see a large booth with 4 adult labs and a cage of puppies they are selling with videos of dogs hunting and such it catches my eye. I have my badge on with my name on it and I ask one of the guys a couple questions and I get they are located in Oxford MS and train gun dogs. He goes on to tell me that their line of dogs are the calm labs that also make great house dogs and family pets, etc. He says they are out of FT stock and I am curious to what the breedings are and he then has to refer me to another guy and I get a deer in the headlight look. I ask him if he knows about coolwater kennels and Alex since they are real close to Oxford and he said he hasn't heard of them. I told him I had ran a few trials and had been around labs for a long time and he still didn't have any idea but wanted to sale me one of those puppies! Needless to say I kept on walking but it goes to show you a little tv time and a marketing plan must work because his booth was full of interested people!