I hope Dennis Voigt doesn't mind my posting this as it came from a Retrievers Online issue. These are quotes from 30 years ago:
Overheard from judges:
I don't believe I've ever seen a dog hunt so hard.
...or so long.
He seems to be a little out of control.
Let me know when he decides to come back.
Your dog shows a lot of promise
Why don't you get someone to train him?
He seems very steady.
If he refuses to retrieve once more, you're out.
I think you'd better handle him.
Now we've laughed at your dog-let's laugh at you.
I'm sorry to lose this dog.
You should have called him in before he went completely out of sight.