Just curious if any of you guys have any success stories about the last puppy picked in any of your litters. I'll share mine.
Back in Feb 2003, my Stepper bitch, HRCH-Dancy-MH whelped 11 Cosmo pups. All but 1 went to competitive homes with 5 going to FT homes and the rest going to HT homes. 2 of the pups eventually FCed, 1 QAAed, and a few more completed their HRCH or MH.
The last pup taken was my favorite of the males. Not one person liked him nearly as much as I did. I kept him until he was 9 weeks old and liked him more and more each day. He was good looking, smart, and crazy courageous. One Sunday afternoon I get a phone call from a guy by the name of Butch Statham. Butch said that he wanted a well bred FT quality pup that he planned on putting on a young Louisiana pros truck in hopes of running Derbies. Well, the young pro didn't quite work out, so Butch decided on trying another young trainer over in Mississippi by the name of Charlie Moody. Under Charlie's tutelage Cody made the Derby list, QAAed quickly, and FCed as a 3 yr old. I believe that FC-Butch's Dream Code of TCR was Charlie Moody's first Field Champion.
The first three picks went to a trial home as well. The "pick" male was washed due to dropping only 1 testicle, the second was sold as a fabulous gundog, and the third, a female, was sold to a HT home and tragically lost her life when left in an indoor kennel where the air conditioning unit failed. The fourth, a female pup FTCH-Dream Dancin' had a very successful career in Canada.